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For Immediate Release                                                         
April 4, 2014
Media Contact
Silvia Vonderlinden
City Clerk


Redwood City’s City Council Accepting Applications for a Dozen Open Seats for “Phase II” of the City’s
Boards, Commissions and Committees Recruitment
Successful candidates will help to determine significant City decisions
impacting the broader community.

Redwood City, Calif. – The City of Redwood City is currently seeking applications for upcoming available seats on the Library Board, Planning Commission, Port Commission, and Historic Resources Advisory Committee. In addition, the recruitment for the Board of Building Review has been extended.   All application processes are currently open and will close on Wednesday, April 30, 2014 at 5pm.  Interested applicants can go online to access an application.

The volunteer positions listed below are appointed by City Council unless otherwise noted. Residents who serve on the following entities serve an important community service as members work on matters of high public interest that align with and help to realize the City Council’s policy priorities. 

To be a member of a Redwood City Board, Commission or Committee, an applicant must be a resident and/or elector of incorporated Redwood City, unless otherwise noted under the descriptions below. All members serve without compensation. Additional specific requirements for some boards, commissions and committees may apply.  Selected candidates will serve four-year terms unless otherwise noted. Members cannot hold any other public office or position in the City while serving as members. Interested applicants are encouraged to go online (direct links provided below) to review prior minutes and work plans of the group of their interest.  

Board of Building Review: Extended Recruitment (Two of five seats available)
Members must be qualified by experience and training in the building construction fields. The Board reviews the updating of the City's building regulatory codes and provides recommendations to the City Council; determines the suitability of alternate materials and types of construction with respect to the requirements of Chapter 9 of the City Code; hears appeals of persons denied a building permit, inspection approval or certificate of occupancy.  To learn more, click here.

Library Board (Four of seven seats expiring)
Board Members are passionate about the mission of our Library as the learning center of our community and the place where people turn to for the discovery of ideas, the joy of reading and the power of information. Examples of general responsibilities are: ensuring that literacy remains a core value; approving and creating the Strategic Plan; acting as a community liaison and Library advocate; seeking collaborative opportunities; raising funds; and recruiting volunteers. Three members will serve until 2018 and one member will serve until 2017. To learn more, click here.

Planning Commission (Two of seven seats expiring)
Planning Commissioners make recommendations to City Council that align with the City's priorities and long term goals. The Commission reviews and makes recommendations on topics such as General Plan, neighborhood and specific area plans, environmental impact reports, tentative subdivision maps, planned development permit applications, and appeals from actions taken by the Planning Director or the Sub-division Committee. To learn more, click here.

Port Commission (Two of five seats expiring)
Port Commissioners’ responsibilities include:  supervision of the Port area, waterfront properties and adjacent lands and Redwood City Marina; provision for the needs of commerce, shipping and navigation at the Port; development, construction, and maintenance of all waterfront properties within the Port; regulation of public service and public utilities operated in connection with the Port; and the setting of rates and related charges for the use and occupation of the public facilities and services of the Port. In addition to being a member and elector of Redwood City at the time of appointment and continuously throughout, members must have been a resident and elector of the City for at least three years prior to their appointment. To learn more, click here.

Historic Resources Advisory Committee (Two of five seats expiring)
The Historic Resources Advisory Committee is appointed by the Planning Commission for three-year terms. Committee members often have experience addressing matters involving historical principles, guidelines, and buildings. Examples of such professions or roles include: preservation-related organizations, licensed architects, urban planners, attorneys, real estate experts, members of community groups and residents within historic districts, and occupants or owners of historic sites. To learn more, click here.

“In last month’s ‘Phase I’ recruitment for members of several other boards, we received many applications from strong candidates,” states Mayor Jeffrey Gee. “We are looking forward to seeing the next round of applications from residents who are committed to the broader community, and are ready to undertake the responsibilities of serving on one of these important bodies. These residents will volunteer to be ambassadors to our City and will be responsible for bringing creative ideas that will help carry out the Council’s and our City’s policy direction.”

Last month, the City Clerk’s Office received 34 applications for the City’s “Phase I” recruitment which included open seats on the Board of Building Review, the Civic Cultural Commission, the Housing and Human Concerns Committee, the Architectural Advisory Committee, Parks, Recreation and Community Services Commission, and Senior Affairs Commission. The selection process for those open seats is currently underway.

Please visit the Redwood City web site to learn more and also watch Mayor Jeffrey Gee’s video on the importance of serving as a member of a Redwood City Board, Committee or Commissioner or call the City Clerk’s Office at 650.780.7220.



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