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Watch/participate in the City Council meeting on YouTube at 7:00 p.m.

Live Commenting Pilot

Due to Executive Order N-29-20, we can no longer offer an in-person meeting location for the community to attend public meetings. In an effort to provide remote community participation for our City Council meetings, we are piloting real-time online commenting on agenda items through YouTube Live. Our goal is for you to be able to watch and participate in the meeting from your home without needing to attend in-person.We are offering two remote ways to participate:

  1. Watch the meeting live on YouTube and comment in the live chat
  2. Listen and comment over the phone at the telephone number located in the video description on YouTube or located on the agenda.

Option 1: Watch Live and Comment in the Chat

You will not need an account to view the meeting live on YouTube, however if you wish to comment on YouTube you will need a Google account. If you don’t already have a Google account, you can create one here: https://accounts.google.com/signup.

Once you have an account, make sure to subscribe to our channel and set a reminder for the meeting you are interested in.

Option 2: Listen and Comment Live by Conference Call

Want to listen to the meeting and comment in real-time over the phone?  Listen and comment over the phone at the telephone number located in the video description on YouTube or located on the agenda.

 

Please note

  • In response to Executive Order N-29-20, the City of San Rafael will no longer offer an in-person meeting location for the public to attend.
  • This meeting will be streamed through YouTube Live. Comments submitted via YouTube Live must be submitted according to the directions located on YouTube. The City is not responsible for any interrupted service. To ensure the City Council receives your comments, submit written comments to the City Clerk prior to the meeting.
  • This is a pilot and we offered this service for the first time on Monday, March 23. During this pilot we will attempt to read aloud every online comment we receive, designated for the City Council, during the meeting. Since this is a new effort we may experience technical difficulties or streaming delays.
  • If you experience an issue with the live feed to YouTube, you can submit your comments to the City Clerk by email.
  • To ensure the City Council receives your comments, you may still submit written comments to the City Clerk prior to the meeting. Comments submitted in advance of the meeting will be provided to the City Council and be published to the website in advance of the meeting, but will not be read aloud into the record.

Additional information regarding live commenting

If you want to participate via YouTube Live in the meeting, please follow these instructions:

  • There is a 200 character limit. Comments with more than 200 characters won't post. You will need to post multiple comments.
  • If you want your comment read aloud, type “PUBLIC COMMENT” in all caps at the beginning of your comment. Comments that do not begin with this phrase will not be read to the City Council. Don't forget to introduce yourself. Example: PUBLIC COMMENT: My name is Jane Doe and I live in the Terra Linda neighborhood. I support/oppose because….
  • Your comment to the City Council will be read verbatim. Words including profanity, obscenity, or discriminatory language, will not be read into the record in order to avoid disruption of the public meeting.
  • Your comment is subject to the same two-minute time limit as in-person spoken comments.
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