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For Immediate Release                                                         
March 6, 2014
Media Contact
Silvia Vonderlinden
City Clerk


Redwood City Accepting Applications for 19 Open Positions
on Its Boards, Commissions and Committees
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 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. All application processes are currently open and will close on Monday, March 31, 2014 at 5pm.  Interested applicants can go online to access an application.

The 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 are noted below.  Selected candidates will serve four year terms. 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 (2 of 5 seats expiring)
Members must be qualified by experience and training in the building construction fields. Members of this board cannot hold any other public office or position in the City while serving on this Board. 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.

Civic Cultural Commission (3 of 7 seats expiring)
Members of the Civic Cultural Commission must reside within the City at the time of their appointment and continuously during their incumbency.  Members cannot hold any other public office or position in the City while serving as members of the Commission. Members must demonstrate a deep interest in, and appreciation of, artistic and cultural matters. This Commission, on behalf of the Redwood City Council, is responsible for supporting and enhancing our City's cultural life through advocating and promoting events, arts, and related programs; reviewing and recommending cultural and art grants; bringing groups together to support the arts; helping to provide our City's music concert series, art contests and public art; advocating for cultural and arts programs; recommending art policy; and facilitating public art projects. To learn more, click here.

Housing and Human Concerns Committee (4 of 7 seats expiring)
This Committee's members are appointed from interested and committed citizens of the City, of which no more than two members may be appointed from residents of the unincorporated area of Redwood City. This Committee monitors the changing social needs within the community and makes recommendations for improved, changed and/or new services. Members also promote community awareness of social problems existing within Redwood City; coordinate human service activities within the community; and promote adequate housing for all persons, namely by developing recommendations for federal housing funds through the Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) and HOME programs, to name just a few of the Committee's responsibilities. To learn more, click here.

Architectural Advisory Committee (Planning Commission appointment) (3 of 5 seats expiring)
All members shall be licensed architects or landscape architects residing or working in the City of Redwood City, or its sphere of influence (as described in the City's General Plan). The members of the committee shall be appointed by the Planning Commission who will consider each applicant's professional qualifications and civic interests as the Planning Commission deems appropriate. This selection process includes an oral interview. The Committee shall advise the Planning Commission on matters concerning building and landscape architecture, site design, and signs. Specifically, the Committee advises on matters of architecture and design, and focuses on large or sensitive projects where architectural elements are significant and community input is important. To learn more, click here.  

Parks, Recreation and Community Services Commission (4 of 7 seats expiring)
Members of this Commission act in an advisory capacity to the City Council on policy matters such as the acquisition and development of parks and the formulation of recreation programming that meets the needs of our residents. Members may also periodically review and make recommendations on the recreation and parks element of the City's General Plan; actively promote recreation and park activities within the City; assist on strategic planning; make recommendations related to park renovations and other capital improvements, community engagement, and park rules and policy. To learn more, click here.

Senior Affairs Commission (3 of 7 seats expiring)
The general objective of the Senior Affairs Commission is to encourage, foster, facilitate, establish and maintain programs for the enhancement of all matters relating to the social, economic, and personal well-being of the City's senior population. This Commission is responsible for making recommendations to the Council about the establishment and funding of programs that support our City's senior population. To learn more, click here.

"Members of our Boards, Commissions and Committees are appointed by the City Council to carry out the Council's policy direction and serve a vital role in how and what decisions are made in Redwood City," states Mayor Jeffrey Gee. "We are looking forward to finding volunteers who will work hard, be ambassadors, bring innovative and creative ideas to the Council, and potentially identify our City's future leaders who will serve our community."

After this month's recruitment, Redwood City will seek to fill an additional nine seats in total for the following commissions: Library Board, Planning Commission, the Port Commission, and the Historic Resources Advisory Committee (Planning Commission appointment). The application process for these recruitments will open Wednesday, April 2, and close on Wednesday, April 30, 2014 at 5pm. More information will be shared as early April approaches.

To learn more about Boards, Commission and Committees, please visit the Redwood City Web site or call the City Clerk's Office at 650.780.7220.



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