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Limited Public Access Planned for April 8 Council Meeting

Alternative methods of participation available

The City of Bakersfield will implement temporary precautionary measures for the April 8 City Council meetings in order to help reduce the potential exposure to and spread of COVID-19 (novel coronavirus).

Consistent with the Governor's Executive Order N-29-20, Councilmembers may elect to attend the meeting telephonically and to participate in the meeting to the same extent as if they were physically present.

Public access to the meetings will be limited for both meetings on Wednesday.

The following measures will be implemented for those meetings:

  • There will be no Closed Session meeting at 3:30 p.m. The early meeting has been moved to 4:15 p.m.
  • The 4:15 p.m. meeting will NOT be open to the public; however, the meeting will be broadcast live and public comments can be submitted in advance;
  • The 5:15 p.m. meeting will have limited public access and will have an abbreviated agenda;
    • The public will be allowed in the lobby, but not the Council Chambers;
    • Anyone who wishes to make an in-person public comment will be asked to fill out a public comment card and will be called into the Council Chambers by the City Clerk in order to limit the number of people in the chambers at one time.
  • Public comments will be accepted for items on the agenda for both meetings; the public is encouraged to participate in one of two ways, outlined below:
    • Public comment may be submitted by email via the City Clerk’s Office at city_clerk@bakersfieldcity.us by 1 p.m. the day of the meeting; or
    • By leaving a voicemail comment by calling 661-326-3100. Voicemail messages must be three (3) minutes or shorter. Messages must be received by 4 p.m. the Tuesday before the meeting.
  • Additional guidelines for public participation in the meetings are provided in a supplemental Special Notice (PDF linked below).

Members of the public may view both meetings live online at https://bakersfield.novusagenda.com/AgendaPublic/.

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