The First 5 Sonoma County Commission encourages and welcomes the participation of the public on matters related to the Commission’s business. Commission meetings are conducted in compliance with the Brown Act(California Government Code Section 54950 et sec.). The Brown Act is intended to promote transparency and public trust in government through procedures that ensure fair and equal public access, attendance and participation. Brown Act procedures also preserve the integrity of the decision-making process via open deliberations and actions of the Commission.
Notification of Agenda
Meeting agendas are posted 72-hours prior to every Commission meeting in order to provide adequate notice to the public of what discussion and action is to occur. Subject to very limited exceptions, the Brown Act prohibits the Commission from taking any action or discussion of an item not on the posted agenda.
Making public comment at Commission meetings is an opportunity for the community to speak to the Commission about an issue they see as relevant to the work of First 5. A designated staff member is responsible for collecting and delivering public comment request cards to the Commission Chair. Before any motion is adopted, the Commission Chair will call for public comments in the order cards were submitted. Individuals may speak for up to three minutes. Staff will inform the speaker when the time is close to expired. Commissioner response to public comment in a meeting is limited to brief comments under Brown Act rules.
Public Comment on an Item on the Agenda
Public Comment on an Item NOT on the Agenda (non-agendized)
- Submit a public comment request card anytime up to and during the item (prior to the Commission action)
- Commissioners may respond briefly to public comments
- Commissioners may refer issues related to the item to staff for follow-up and/or may place a related issue on a future agenda
- Submit a public comment request card prior to the item "Public Comment on Non-Agendized Items"
- Commissioners may NOT discuss or take action on a non-agendized item
- Commissioners may refer a non-agendized issue to staff for follow-up and/or may place an issue on a future agenda