How to Speak at a CIty Council Meeting


Since launching the No Big Hotel effort and this podcast, I have encouraged friends, neighbors, and listeners to speak at City Council meetings to have their voice heard. But public speaking does not come easily for everyone–sometimes people tell me they feel shy or intimidated or simply unsure of what to say. In this episode, I give you some tips from my own experience of speaking at City Council meetings that will hopefully give you the knowledge and confidence you need to stand up for what matters to you.

Coronavirus update:
1. The City will not make available a physical location for the public to observe the meeting and offer public comment. The City Council Chambers will be closed to the public.

2. Members of the public may observe the City Council meeting live on the City of San Dimas website at www.sandimasca.gov or on KWST Channel 3 (Spectrum and Frontier Cable). To view from the website, select the Watch City Council Meetings blue button on the home page.

3. If you wish to make a comment during Oral Communications or on a specific agenda item, you are strongly encouraged to submit your comment via email by 5:00 P.M. on the day of the meeting, to the City Clerk at [email protected]

4. If you are watching the live stream and wish to make a comment during Oral Communications or on a specific agenda item as it is being heard, please submit your comment by email, limited to 250 words or less, to the City Clerk at [email protected] before the closure of public comment on the agenda item. Every effort will be made to read your comment into the record, but some comments may not be read due to technical issues or time limitations set by the City Council. You may also call in to make a comment during Oral Communications or on a specific agenda item as it is being heard. You may call (909) 394-6206 before the closure of public comment on the agenda item.

5. In compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act, if you need special assistance to participate in the City Council meeting, please contact the City Clerk’s Office at least 24 hours prior to the meeting to ensure reasonable accommodations can be considered and arranged to provide accessibility to participate in the meeting.