The City of San Bruno was incorporated on December 23, 1914 as a General Law City. San Bruno is governed by the City Council and operates under a Council-Manager form of government. As the policy making body, it has the ultimate responsibility to the people of San Bruno and the implementation of all programs and City services. It approves all ordinances, resolutions, and major contracts, modifies and approves the budget, and has the responsibility of employing a City Manager, City Attorney and City Clerk. The City Council appoints citizens to the following advisory boards, commissions and committees:
Bicycle and Pedestrian Advisory Committee
Citizens Crime Prevention Committee
Citizens Revenue Measure Oversight Committee
Community Preparedness Committee
Culture and Arts Commission
Parks and Recreation Commission
Senior Citizens Advisory Board
Traffic Safety and Parking Committee
All major changes in direction or emphasis and organizational changes must be approved by the City Council. The City Council sets the policy and adopts the City budget. The City Manager and staff enforce the laws and implement the programs and policies which are established by the City Council.
San Bruno has an elected five member City Council. The Mayor, one of the members of the City Council, is directly elected for a two-year term. Other members are elected for four-year staggered terms with elections held in November of even numbered years. The Mayor chairs the City Council meetings, issues proclamations of recognition, represents the City in certain intergovernmental affairs, and is the ceremonial head of the City. Although the Mayor is expected to provide political leadership on City issues, the Mayor has no greater authority than any other City Council member. The Mayor and City Council as a collective body is the power of authority. The Mayor and City Council Council members have no authority as individuals; they must act by a majority to achieve their objectives.
The Mayor and City Council do not maintain full time offices at City Hall, but can be reached through the City Manager's or City Clerk's Office. The City Council meets the second and fourth Tuesday of every month, with the exception of the fourth Tuesday in December. Meetings start at 7:00 p.m. and are televised live on CityNet Services Channel 1 from the San Bruno Senior Center at 1555 Crystal Springs Road.
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San Bruno, CA 94066-4299
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