Public Comments During Teleconference Meetings Due to COVID-19
Due to the Governor’s Executive Orders N-25-20 and N-29-20, which suspend certain requirements of the Brown Act, and pursuant to the orders by the Health Officer of the County of Contra Costa regarding COVID-19, the Town offices are closed to the public and meetings are not physically open to the public. All meetings are being held by Zoom teleconference platforms.
Members of the public may provide public comment by sending comments to the Clerk via email at firstname.lastname@example.org. Comments received before 5:00 p.m. on the day of the meeting will be provided in their entirety to the Council prior to the meeting and will be a part of the record but will not be read verbally at the meeting.
How to follow or participate during the meeting:
To maximize public safety while still maintaining transparency and public access, members of the public may observe the meeting by accessing it through: https://livestream.com/moraga.
Members of the public may also participate by providing public comment during the meeting by joining the Zoom webinar. You will need to download the Zoom app to your phone or computer. Each meeting is assigned its own separate webinar address and instructions for joining each meeting webinar can be found on the first page of the meeting Agenda:
- Go to https://www.moraga.ca.us/agendacenter;
- Click on the meeting Agenda date;
- Once the Agenda opens, click on the Zoom webinar link or dial in by telephone with the number listed on the first page of the Agenda;
- Follow the prompts and enter the Webinar ID listed on the Agenda.
Ralph M. Brown Act
Public meetings in the Town of Moraga are conducted in accordance with the Ralph M. Brown Act which requires that all deliberations and actions by public legislative bodies including council, boards and commissions be made in public.
The introduction to the Brown Act describes its purpose and intent:
In enacting this chapter, the Legislature finds and declares that the public commissions, boards and councils and the other public agencies in this State exist to aid in the conduct of the people’s business. It is the intent of the law that their actions be taken openly and that their deliberations be conducted openly. The people of this State do not yield their sovereignty to the agencies which serve them. The people, in delegating authority, do not give their public servants the right to decide what is good for the people to know and what is not good for them to know. The people insist on remaining informed so that they may retain control over the instruments they have created.
While public participation in meetings is encouraged, public comment may be limited by the chair in order to allow all interested speakers to participate. Public comments may either be made in person at a meeting (where a timeline on comments may apply) or in writing in advance of the meeting (where there is no limit on the length of the correspondence).
Public meetings are conducted at the discretion of the chair. The chair may close public comment or re-open it as necessary for consideration of any matter. The council, boards and commissions operate in accordance with established rules and procedures which include reserving discretion to the chair.