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Commission Pages

Advisory Commissions, Committees & Boards: The City Council creates standing advisory commissions and committees to support the Council by seeking ideas and concerns from the community, researching related matters, and making recommendations to the City Council. Committee members are San Juan Capistrano residents (with one exception), appointed by the City Council, and are required to attend Ethics Training. Commissioners serve two-year terms. Current appointees will serve a term from April 1, 2017, through March 31, 2019.

The City Council also appoints members to the Youth Advisory Board. Youth Advisory Board members serve a one-year term beginning on August 31 to coincide with the school year.

On occasion, an unscheduled vacancy may occur. The City Council may declare the vacancy and seek applications from residents to fill the vacancy until the end of the originally appointed term.

Committee Descriptions & Membership: The following links provide more detailed information and current membership of each body.

Citizens' Bond Oversight Ad-Hoc Committee

The Committee, which is comprised of at least five residents, is designed to include individuals with business experience, senior citizens, and knowledgeable professionals in the fields of construction, finance, law, and accounting. Members must be registered voters in San Juan Capistrano. City officials, employees, contractors, and commission or committee members are prohibited from serving on the committee.

The Citizens’ Bond Oversight Ad-Hoc Committee will not have decision-making authority, but will review recommendations to the City Council for expenditure of bonds proceeds, and will report on whether such expenditures conform to the purposes stated in Ordinance 940 (Open Space Measure Y – 2008 Election), adopted by the City Council on August 19, 2009. The Committee will also review the audits and reports of expenditures of bond proceeds and will inform the public concerning the same.

On December 1, 2015, the City Council approved the appointment of five Committee Members that will serve until December 31, 2017.

Members:

  • Gerry Gamble
  • John R. Harper
  • Angela Grillo
  • Linda Pringle

Ken Al-Imam, Chief Financial Officer/Treasurer & Committee Secretary

Cultural Heritage Commission

The Cultural Heritage Commission acts as an advisory body to the City Council, Planning Commission, City Manager, and other groups in matters related the culture, heritage and history of the City.

Duties of the Cultural Heritage Commission include 1) Promote awareness and appreciation for the City's cultural and historical significance through preservation and promotion of traditional folkways associated with the community, 2) Encourage sponsorship of community events promoting knowledge of history, culture and traditional folkways of the community and assist organizations to undertake such tasks, 3) Compile and maintain lists of property, persons, events and landmarks of cultural or historical significance for City Council review and notify property owners of applicable City requirements, 4) Implement studies related to historical, cultural, paleontological, or archaeological matters and make recommendations on related districts, 5) Recommend an annual budget including financing of Commission activities and capital projects designed to protect the cultural heritage of the community, 6) Investigate availability of funding programs through State and Federal agencies; and, 7) Other duties as may be assigned by the City Council.

Commission Members are required to be registered voters of the City and are required by State law to file Fair Political Practices Commission Conflict of Interest Statements upon appointment, annually, and upon leaving office.

Current appointees will serve a term from April 1, 2017, through March 31, 2019.

Members:

  • Mechelle Lawrence Adams
  • William Bonney
  • Lorie Porter
  • Rhonda deHaan
  • Donna Friess

Sergio Klotz, Assistant Development Services Director and Commission Secretary

Meetings: 4th Tuesday - 4:30 p.m., Council Chamber

Design Review Committee

The Design Review Committee shall undertake and have the following duties, responsibilities, and functions, together with the power incidental thereto:

To review and make recommendation to development applicants on the design of projects for compliance with the goals and policies of the City's General Plan Community Design Element and architectural design guidelines and other policies regarding the design of projects that are processed in accordance with Title 9, Chapter 2, Article 2, Section 9-2.313 of the municipal code; and to undertake such other duties as may be assigned by the City Council.

Committee Members are required to be registered voters of the City and are required by State law to file Fair Political Practices Commission Conflict of Interest Statements upon appointment, annually, and upon leaving office.

Current appointees will serve a term from April 1, 2017, through March 31, 2019.

Members:

  • Stan Braden, At Large Member
  • Geoff Sumich, At Large Member
  • Lynn Roe, At Large Member-Alternate
  • Rob Williams, Planning Commissioner Appointee - Regular Member
  • Tim Neely, Planning Commissioner Appointee - Alternate Member

David Contreras, Senior Planner and Commission Secretary

Meetings: 2nd Thursdays monthly at 4:30 PM in the City Council Chamber

Housing Advisory Committee

At their meeting of July 9, 2015, the City Council re-established the Housing Advisory Committee for the purposes to facilitate the mobile home rent control petition and hearing process regarding rent increases.

The Housing Advisory Committee shall consist of three (3) - five (5) members appointed by the City Council of City residents. Duties include: (a) Meet upon receiving Hearing Officer findings relating to the propriety of rent increases brought into issue by the filing of a petition by residents of or an owner of a mobile home park, and to conduct a de novo review of Hearing Officer findings for the purpose of making its own recommendation regarding the propriety of rent increases to the Council; and, (b) To undertake such other duties as may be assigned by the City Council.

Committee Members are required to be registered voters of the City and are required by State law to file Fair Political Practices Commission Conflict of Interest Statements upon appointment, annually, and upon leaving office.

Current appointees will serve a term from April 1, 2017, through March 31, 2019.

Members:

  • Joanne Marquez
  • Kathleen Abney
  • William Drewes
  • Jess Lopez
  • Ann Ronan

Commission Secretary: Laura Stokes, Housing Coordinator/Assistant Planner & Commission Secretary

Parks, Recreation, Youth and Senior Services, Trails and Equestrian Committee

The Parks, Recreation, Senior and Youth Services Commission shall undertake and have the following duties, responsibilities, and functions, together with the powers incidental thereto:

(a) To review and make recommendations to the Planning Commission concerning tentative maps with regard to their relationship to the City's Open Space, and Recreation Plans as identified in the Conservation and Open Space, and Parks and Recreation Elements of the General Plan of the City;

(b) To study and make recommendations to the City Council or Planning Commission on proposed amendments to the Conservation and Open Space, and Parks and Recreation Element of the City's General Plan;

(c) To review and make recommendations to the City Council on preservation and/or acquiring additional open space, including identifying areas to be acquired and funding strategies for acquisition;

(d) To make recommendations to the City Council on strategies for how future planning for land use and infrastructure should be accomplished, including funding strategies for future planning and environmental work affecting open space in the City;

(e) To study and make recommendations to the City Council on the management of the City’s open space and ways to ensure long-term financial return to maintain and enhance the City’s open space;

(f) To review and make recommendations to the Planning Commission concerning tentative maps with regard to their relationship to the City's Parks Programs;

(g) To review and make recommendations to the Planning Commission on capital improvement plans for parks which are developed to implement the Parks and Recreation Element of the City's General Plan;

(h) To study and make recommendations to the Planning Commission on proposed design standards for private and public parks;

(i) To study and make recommendations to the Community Services Department on existing and proposed recreational programs and services for the City's residents, including youth and senior citizens; and

(j) To undertake such other duties as may be assigned by the City Council.

The Parks, Recreation, Senior and Youth Services Commission shall consist of a total of seven (7) members; one (1) of the members is to be an Advisor from the Youth Advisory Board.

Appointees will serve a term from April 1, 2017, through March 31, 2019.

Members:

  • Gerald Muir
  • Thomas Perrin, Jr.
  • Samantha Grant
  • Ronda Mottl
  • Renee Ritchie
  • Sandie Weaver
  • Gail Zukow

Meetings: 3rd Monday, monthly at 5:30pm in the City Council Chamber.

Commission Secretary: Kipp Lyons, Community Services Coordinator & Commission Secretary

Planning Commission

Duties of the Planning Commission include:

1. To study and make recommendations to the City Council on amendments to the City’s General Plan;

2. To develop and make recommendations to the City Council on specific plans designed to implement portions of the City’s General Plan;

3. To review the City’s Capital Improvement Program for consistency with the City’s General Plan and forward recommendations to the City Council;

4. To make recommendations to the City Council to effectuate changes to the land use pro-visions set forth in Title 9 of this Code, consistent with provisions of the General Plan;

5. To approve, deny, or approve with modifications or conditions, development proposals, or parts thereof, in accordance with the land use provisions set forth in Title 9 of this Code;

6. To appoint members of the Planning Commission to serve on the Design Review Committee to review and make recommendations to the Planning Commission on development proposals processed in accordance with Title 9, Chapter 2, Article 2, Section 9-2.313;

7. To appoint members of the Planning Commission to serve on the Transportation Committee to review and make recommendations to the Planning Commission on matters related to projects that are designed to implement a multi-modal transportation system, State planning programs that are transportation-related, site development plans and tentative maps with regard to impacts to the City’s circulation system, and on matters related to public transportation, traffic regulations and standards for parking, vehicular and public safety; and,

8. To undertake such other duties as may be assigned by the City Council.

The Planning Commission appoints one Planning Commissioner to serve on the Design Review Committee with one Planning Commission alternate to serve in the absence of the appointed regular Design Review Committee member.

Commission Members are required to be registered voters of the City and are required by State law to file Fair Political Practices Commission Conflict of Interest Statements upon appointment, annually, and upon leaving office.

Current appointees will serve a term from April 1, 2017, through March 31, 2019.

Members:

  • Mark Speros
  • Barrett Steele
  • Tim Neely
  • Rob Williams
  • VACANT

Elizabeth Hull, Deputy City Attorney (Best Best & Krieger)
Sergio Klotz, Assistant Development Services Director & Commission Secretary

Meetings: 2nd & 4th Tuesdays, monthly - 6:30 p.m., City Council Chamber

Utilities Commission

The Utilities Commission consists of five (5) members who are residents in the City of San Juan Capistrano. Duties of the Utilities Commission include reviewing and making recommendations to the City Council on matters concerning the Water Recycled Water, and Sewer Enterprise Fund budgets; water, recycled water, and sewer rates; water, recycled water, and sewer service standards; water and recycled water supply; water conservation; investment policy; and any other water, recycled water, sewer, and storm drain related matters that may be of concern to the City and utility users.

Commission Members are required to be registered voters of the City and are required by State law to file Fair Political Practices Commission Conflict of Interest Statements upon appointment, annually, and upon leaving office.

Current appointees will serve a term from April 1, 2017, through March 31, 20197.

Members:

  • Raymond Miller
  • John Perry
  • Robert Sterzenbach
  • Jack Hunt
  • Alan Friesleben

Steve May, Public Works and Utilities Director and Commission Secretary

Meetings: 3rd Tuesday - 8:00 a.m., Council Chamber

Youth Advisory Board

The Youth Advisory Board (YAB) serves as a liaison between the city’s youth and the City Council, lobbying for youth interests, and identifying issues pertaining to youth, communicating the concerns of the youth, and suggesting action items for the Council agenda, proposing youth-related ordinances, city programs, activities, and fund raising events.

The Youth Advisory Board consists of a maximum of (16) youth members and a minimum of nine (9) youth members; and (2) adult advisory members. A Community Services Department staff member also serves on the Board. Only youth members will be voting members. All applicants must be residents of San Juan Capistrano. Members are selected on the basis of their knowledge, leadership skills and involvement in youth activities. The geographic areas of the City where the applicant resides and the school that the applicant attends shall also be considered. Appointments to the Youth Advisory Board normally take place in June, with appointees taking office in August and actively serving through July of the following year.

Members:

  • Cate Petersen
  • Emily Friess
  • Grant Kinsey
  • Brianna Jahangiri
  • David Lee
  • Ella Friess
  • Angelica Gonzalez
  • Morgan Wickstrom
  • Trevor Keenan
  • Tori Cooper
  • Marina Esquivel
  • Brenda Galvan
  • Ausna Haris
  • Monika Robles
  • Isabelle Zuniga
  • Blake Stevenson
  • Gerald Muir (Adult Advisor)
  • Analee Kredel (Adult Advisor)

Gil Leon, Staff Advisor & Community Services Coordinator

Meetings: 2nd & 4th Mondays - 5:00 p.m., Council Chamber

 

City Council Ad-Hoc Committees: The City Council may create ad-hoc committees on an as-needed basis to study and make recommendations concerning a particular matter. Ad-hoc committees are not permanent in nature and disband when completed with their charge. The City Council has two ad-hoc committees, the Citizens' Bond Oversight Ad-Hoc Committee and Auditing Finance Ad-Hoc Committee.

City Council Representation on Outside Agencies: City Council Members represent the City's interest on many regional agencies that are concerned with issues on a broader basis, such as transportation, library services, fire safety, and such. Click here to see a list of current appointments.

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