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File #: 22-0915   
Type: Report to Council Status: Passed
Meeting Body: City Council
On agenda: 9/27/2022
Title: Reconsider and Affirm Resolution No. 1105-22FA; and Make Findings Pursuant to Government Code Section 54953(e) (AB 361) to Continue Virtual Public Meetings for the Sunnyvale Financing Authority During the COVID-19 State of Emergency
Attachments: 1. Resolution No. 1105-22FA, 2. Resolution No. 1139-22, 3. Health Officer Order - September 12, 2022, 4. Draft Excerpt Financing Authority Meeting Minutes - August 30, 2022
REPORT TO SUNNYVALE FINANCING AUTHORITY

SUBJECT
Title
Reconsider and Affirm Resolution No. 1105-22FA; and Make Findings Pursuant to Government Code Section 54953(e) (AB 361) to Continue Virtual Public Meetings for the Sunnyvale Financing Authority During the COVID-19 State of Emergency

Report
BACKGROUND
On March 17, 2020, Governor Gavin Newsom issued Executive Order No. N-29-20, which suspended portions of the Ralph M. Brown Act (California Government Code Sections 54950-54963) that limit the use of teleconferencing for public meetings; the Order was scheduled to sunset when the COVID-19 Pandemic ended. The Ralph M. Brown Act places strict requirements on local legislative bodies regarding the posting, access, and physical location of voting members during public meetings.

Beginning with the March 31, 2020, Council meeting, the City has conducted public meetings utilizing teleconferencing technology to provide for members of the public, staff, and public officials (Councilmembers and board or commission members) to participate without in-person participation. The Financing Authority conducted its first virtual public meeting on June 9, 2020.

On August 10, 2021, Council provided direction regarding the format of future public meetings, including continuing virtual-only meetings as long as this model is allowed (RTC No. 21-0718).

On September 16, 2021, the Governor signed AB 361, which took effect immediately as an urgency statute. AB 361 allows for similar teleconferencing exemptions to continue after the September 30, 2021, sunset of Executive Order No. N-08-21, if one of the following circumstances applies:

1. State or local officials have imposed or recommended measures to promote social distancing.
2. The legislative body is meeting to determine whether, as a result of the emergency, meeting in person would present imminent risks to the health or safety of attendees.
3. The legislative body has determined that, as a result of the emergency, meeting in p...

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