City Council FAQs
How are Council Members Elected?
The Council consists of five members who are elected by-district in November of even-numbered years. All are non-partisan positions serving four-year terms. The five Council Members are voted into office by electors in each of the City’s five Districts. Registered voters cast ballots for City Council candidates only for the District in which they reside. Following a municipal election, Council Members select one of their members as Mayor and another as Mayor Pro Tempore for two-year terms. Council Members are paid $500.00 per month for their service.
Adopted in 2017, Ordinance No. 2848, amended the Redlands Municipal Code to change the City’s electoral system for City Council Members from at-large to by-district elections. The City Clerk serves as the local elections official. For more information related to the approval process of Ordinance No. 2848, please see the Elections page
When are City Council Meetings?
Regular City Council meetings are held on the first and third Tuesday of each month at 5:00p.m. (closed session) and 6:00p.m. (open session) at the City of Redlands, City Council Chambers, 35 Cajon, Ste 2, Redlands and at such other times as special meetings may be called. Should a regularly scheduled Council meeting fall on a holiday, the meeting shall be conducted the next regular business day.
What City Council Member represents my area?
The members of the Redlands City Council are elected by district.
How do I contact a City Council Member?
The City Council may be reached via the following methods:
- email: firstname.lastname@example.org
- phone: 909-798-7533
- fax: 909-798-7535
- mail: PO Box 3005, Redlands, CA 92373 (address to City Council, Mayor, or individual City Council Member)
How do I run for City Council?
City Council elections are held in November of even-numbered years and are consolidated with the Statewide General Election. The nomination period for candidates running for a City Council seat begins in mid-July and concludes in mid-August. Please contact the City Clerk at (909) 798-7531 for additional details and requirements of running for office.
How do I get an item placed on the City Council Agenda?
Only the City Council Members, City Manager, and Department Heads have the authority to place items on the City Council agenda.
How do I receive copies of the Council agendas?
There are three ways to receive copies of City Council agendas:
- Go to the Meeting Agendas & Video page
- Pick up a hard copy of the agenda at the City Clerks Office, 35 Cajon Street, Suite 4
- Provide a supply of self-addressed, stamped envelopes to the City Clerk and we will mail a copy of the agenda (without attachments).
How do I address the Council about an item on the agenda?
Before the Council meeting, complete a speaker slip and return it to the City Clerk. The speaker slips are kept with the official record of the City Council meeting and are used if the City Council or staff needs to contact you at a later date.
How do I express my concern for an item not on the agenda?
Every City Council agenda provides time for a Public Comment period. This is your opportunity to address the Council on any subject matter that is within the jurisdiction of the City Council, and that does not appear as a regular agenda item. The City Council is not permitted (by law) to take any action on issues raised during the Public Comment period, but they may refer matters to the staff for response or official action at a future date.
How can I obtain a copy of a City Ordinance?
All city ordinances are contained in the Municipal Code. The Redlands Municipal Code is available online is fully indexed and searchable.
Where do I register to vote?
Registration forms are available at most post offices, libraries, or an online voter registration request form is available at the Secretary of State’s website www.sos.ca.gov.