Public Participation

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.

Public Comments

Public participation at meetings is welcomed. Public comments can be provided either in person at the meeting or in writing prior to the meeting.  

Regular meetings include an agenda item titled Public Comments and Suggestions. This item allows the public to comment on items not on the agenda. Public comments on items on the agenda are taken following the report and questions and prior to Council discussion of that agenda item. Each individual generally has three minutes to provide comment, however, the timing may be limited by the Mayor/Chair in order to allow all interested speakers to participate. For information on providing public comments during the meeting see How to Follow or Participate During the Meetings below.

Written public comments are accepted in advance of the meeting. Written comments should be emailed to the Clerk at TownClerk@moraga.ca.us. 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. Home addresses and phone numbers are redacted from correspondence. If you would like your comments to be anonymous, attach a document with your comments to your email.

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:  livestream.com/moraga.

Members of the public may also participate by providing public comment during the meeting by joining the Zoom webinar, which will require that the Zoom app be downloaded to your smartphone 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:  

  1. Go to moraga.ca.us/agendacenter
  2. Click on the meeting Agenda date; 
  3. 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; 
  4. Follow the prompts and enter the Webinar ID listed on the Agenda.  

To make a public comment during a public comment period, when the Mayor/Chair asks for public comment, click the raise hand button at the bottom of the participant page to be placed in the queue to make a comment and unmute yourself.  After making a comment, please mute yourself and click the raise hand button again to leave the queue.

Conduct

The Mayor/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 Mayor/Chair.

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.