City Council meetings are open public meetings where Council makes local laws, policies, and basic decisions relating to the city. The Council holds regular meetings on the 2nd and 4th Wednesdays in January through October and on the second Wednesday in November and December, beginning at 7:00 p.m. Meetings are held in the City Council Chambers located at Santee City Hall, 10601 Magnolia Avenue. For further information, call the City Clerk at (619) 258-4100 ext. 114.
Copies of the agenda are available at each City Council meeting. Agendas are also posted in the following locations:
- On this Website
- City Clerk's Office, 10601 Magnolia Ave
- Post Office, 9510 Mission Gorge Rd.
- Santee Public Library, 9225 Carlton Hills Blvd.
Every new voice added to local affairs tightens the very fabric of society itself, reinvigorating the democracy. The Council and staff welcome information on pertinent concerns. Comments at the meeting should be brief and directed to specifics of the case to enable Council to take appropriate action.
Anyone wishing to address an item on the agenda should complete a speaker slip and submit it to the City Clerk at the beginning of the Council Meeting or no later than five minutes before the item is to be heard. The agenda item number should appear on the speaker slip.
A concern that is not on the agenda will be heard under "Communication from the Public". Whenever possible, lengthy testimony should be presented to the Council in writing, and only pertinent points presented orally. When addressing the Council on any concern, there is a 3-minute time limit. Organized group presentations with more than four speakers are limited to 15 minutes. Public Hearing applicants are limited to 20 minutes.
Public/applicant exhibits become city property and are not returnable.
STRUCTURE OF YOUR GOVERNMENT
The legislative and policy-making branch of Santee's municipal government is the city council. The council consists of a mayor and four council members. Elections are held in November of even numbered years; terms are staggered to allow continuity.
Santee operates under a council-manager form of government. Under this system, the city council appoints a professional city manager.
The primary responsibility of the city council is to fulfill the legislative function and to establish general direction and policies for the city. The city council also provides the city manager and operating departments with resources necessary to carry out these policies. The mayor presides at city council meetings and represents the city at various ceremonial functions and meetings. The city manager serves as the professional administrator of the city, coordinating the day-to-day operations and administration of the city. The city manager appoints a professional staff to assist citizens.
The council also appoints members to Santee citizen advisory boards, committees, and commissions. These bodies provide recommendations and advice to the city council.