Boards and Commissions Training
Click the links below to view our Boards and Commissions training slides, or to watch the most recent training.
- Roles and Responsibilities
- Basics - Purpose, Duties, Brown Act, etc.
- Effective Meetings
- Legislative Policy
- Link to full training video
Standing Rules for County Boards, Commissions, and Advisory Committees
The standing rules document refers to the laws governing the Board, Commissions, and Committees and the functional responsibilities of the groups. The notable responsibilities include terms of service, annual report plans, delegation powers, and removal of a board or commission. Several laws and modes of conduct are non-discriminatory actions, the brown act, political reform act, and the conflict of interest law. The complete guideline of the rules and responsibilities is provided in the document.
Boards and Commissions Local Appointments List
The roster document provides an entire list of all the advisory and non advisory boards and commissions in San Mateo County. The list provides the details of each commission. These are mission statements, authorities, membership, terms of service, duties of the commission, appointment, contact information, meeting location, and membership roster with appointment and expiration dates.
Boards, Commissions, and Committees' Handbook
The handbook covers all the guidelines needed to serve on a board, commission, and committee. First time members would greatly benefit from reading and reviewing the handbook. The document is organized into chapters guiding the reader through the brown act, public records act, ethics code, and guidelines for conduct after appointment.
Form 700s are economic interest forms. The form safeguards against possible conflicts of interest and is part of a state mandate for elected officials to disclose income, investments, business positions, property holdings and gifts. Reporting an economic interest does not present a conflict. A conflict of interest arises when a government decision is made by an elected official that benefits their economic interests.
The Ralph M. Brown Act provides guidelines and ensures the right for the public to participate in all local California government meetings. The act applies to cities, counties, boards, and councils. The act was enacted due to rising public concerns about government officials meeting in secret to avoid public inquiry.