Conduct of Public Meetings

Each member of the City Council, commissions, and committees, has a duty to:

  • 1.1 Diligently prepare for meetings by studying the background, purpose, and arguments for and against items of business before a meeting. If nonpolicy related questions of a background nature require answers, City Council Members, commissioners, and committee members are encouraged to contact and question appropriate staff, through the City Manager or commission/committee staff liaison, prior to meetings to expedite consideration of routine matters.
  • 1.2 Show respect for confidences, and information designated as "confidential." Refrain from disclosing information received during any closed session of the City Council, commission or committee held pursuant to State law.
  • 1.3 Treat everyone with respect by actively listening to other viewpoints, and not interrupting, ignoring or belittling the contributions of others.
  • 1.4 State views briefly and honestly during City Council, commission, and committee meetings. Out of respect for the time and attention of Members of the City Council, staff, and the public, limit comments on non-agenda individual matters to 5 minutes.
  • 1.5 Refrain from abusive conduct, personal charges, or verbal attacks upon the character, motives, ethics, morals, or comments of other Members of the Council, commissions, committees, staff, or the public. Refrain from other personal comments not germane to the issue before the City Council, commission, or committee.
  • 1.6 Recognize and observe the right to speak on a question of personal privilege is limited to cases in which a Council Member's, commissioner's, or committee member's integrity, character, or motives are assailed, questioned, or impugned. Questions of personal privilege shall be referred to the chair of the meeting, who shall impartially enforce such questions.
  • 1.7 Make impartial decisions in the best interest of the City of Lake Forest, free of narrow political interests, financial and other personal interests that impair independence of judgment or action, and are consistent with, but not limited to, the requirements of the Fair Political Practices Act and other state and local laws.
  • 1.8 Recognize and accept legitimate differences of opinion. Act with integrity in accepting, supporting, and defending City Council, commission, or committee decisions.
  • 1.9 Provide fair and equal treatment of all persons and matters coming before the Council, commission, or committee.