Tips for Speaking at City Council Meetings
The Pittsburg City Council meets every first and third Monday of the month. We encourage as many people as possible to attend, to show the City Council that WesPac’s proposed oil terminal is something that many, many residents are concerned about.
Meetings start on the third floor of City Hall at 7pm; there is some brief business at the beginning that usually takes 15-20 minutes. After that, there is open public comment (called “Citizens’ Remarks”).
Your attendance is valuable, but if you’d also like to speak during public comment, that’s great!
Here are some basic tips:
- You need to fill out a Speaker’s Card before the meeting and hand it in to the City Clerk to speak.
- When giving in your speaker’s card, also give them a written copy of what you’re going to say. And you must specifically request that your comments be entered into the record. All you have to say is “Please enter this into the record.”
- When speaking, state your name and city of residence.
- Each person has 3 minutes to speak. You might find it helpful to jot down notes or write out your comments beforehand, and time yourself in front of a mirror.
- Speak from the heart! How will this project affect you and your family? What are your concerns? Asthma problems? Fear of explosions? Tell the City Council where you are coming from.
- You might be nervous. Don’t worry. Lots of other people are nervous, too. Remember, we came here to listen to what you have to say.
- End by clearly asking the City Council to reject the WesPac proposal.
To help you out, we have provided a template for speaking at a City Council meeting (PDF).
We hope to see you all at the next City Council meeting!