Under Governor Gavin Newsom's Executive Order N-29-20, the City Council and/or commission/committee members may conduct meetings telephonically or electronically and do not need to make a location available for the public. The public can participate at these meetings by providing comments during the teleconference, utilizing the City's eComment tool online (only when agendas are posted), and/or emailing the City Council at email@example.com.
Pursuant to California government code 54957.5(b)(a.k.a SB 343), supplemental materials that are provided to the City Council after the agenda packet is published are uploaded to the applicable agenda for public review. Not all Council meetings have supplemental materials.
The City Clerk’s office:
- Coordinates the preparation of the City Council agendas, takes the official minutes of Council meetings, notices all public hearings and official meetings,
- Coordinates with County officials for City Council and local elections.
- Is responsible for Brown Act compliance for all public meetings and ceremonial and procedural functions of the City Council.
- Maintains the Council Policy Manual, rosters for all Council-appointed Boards and Commissions, roster for Standing and Ad Hoc Committee assignments, and the Council Agenda Schedule.
- Oversees most City records
The City Clerk's team is committed to providing you with quality service.
Novato Local Elections
The City of Novato transitioned from at-large elections to by-district elections in June 2019.
In this transition, five (5) City Council Districts were created and are currently occupied by the current Councilmembers:
- District 1 - Councilmember Susan Wernick
- District 2 - Mayor Denise Athas
- District 3 - Councilmember Eric Lucan
- District 4 - Mayor Pro Tem Pat Eklund
- District 5 - Councilmember Amy Peele
On November 5, 2019, voters in Districts 1, 3, and 5 voted for one representative per district. Voters in Districts 2 and 4 will be voting for their representatives in 2022.
Learn more and find out what district you live in by visiting Novato Local District Elections.
The City of Novato most often consolidates elections with the County of Marin. The City Clerk helps conduct Municipal Elections in accordance with the Municipal Code, California Elections Code and Political Reform Act with the County's Registrar of Voters.
The City Clerk provides guidance to candidates in meeting their legal responsibilities before, during and after an election.View 2019 campaign statements.
For voter information, election policies and procedures, and other election information, please contact the City Clerk's Office at (415) 899-8902 or visit the Marin County Registrar of Voters' website.
Public Records Act Requests
How to Request Public Records
- Public Records can be requested in writing, via the mail, e-mail or fax.
- Requests may be made verbally on the phone or in person. However, to avoid confusion and to make certain that you obtain the records you want, it is best to put your request in writing.
- Be as clear as possible when requesting records and put date limits on your request. If you are uncertain as to what you are looking for, we can often assist you in defining your search.
Fees & Charges for Duplicating
- The City does not charge for the time and costs incurred in searching for, locating or collecting records. However, the City may charge for the actual costs of duplicating paper records.
- The current fee is 30 cents per standard 8.5"x11" page.
Depending on your request for records, please direct your request to one of the following groups:
1. For building records: OnLine Records Search. If you need assistance with the online records search please call (415) 899-8989.
2. For police records: Police Department, 909 Machin Avenue, Novato CA 94945, Ph: (415) 897-1122
3. For all other records: City Clerk's Office, 922 Machin Avenue, Novato, CA 94945, Ph: (415) 899-8902, firstname.lastname@example.org
About the Right to Access Records
- You have a fundamental right to access information concerning the conduct of the City.
- Any City record that is requested will be provided for review unless it is exempt under the law, or unless it is in the public's best interest that the record not be disclosed, such as for property negotiations, personnel matters.
- The California Public Records Act (CPRA) ensures public access to public records from state agencies and local government. It is similar in purpose to the Federal Freedom of Information Act (FOIA).
The cities and towns of Marin County jointly contract with Emanuels Jones & Associates for legislative advocacy services. Working with the Legislative Committee of the Marin County Council of Mayors and Councilmembers (MCCMC), Emanuels Jones reviews all legislative bills for their impact on Marin and takes action of specific proposals. This work includes advocating for the protection of local revenues during the state's budget process, preserving local control on housing and other issues, and advancing other legislative issues of interest to Marin. The advocate coordinates visits to the Capitol to meet with and talk to state legislators and other state officials.
The City of San Rafael acts as the lead agency for the purpose of the agreement, but all cities and towns share the cost apportioned by assessed value and population. Agreement and Costs Information >>
At this time, the City of Novato does not employ a lobbyist on its staff or as a consultant. The City is a member of the League of California Cities, an association of cities within the state of California. Its mission is to expand and protect local control for cities through education and advocacy to enhance the quality of life for all Californians.