The City of Seaside is a General Law City with a Council/Manager form of government. The five-member City Council is a legislative and policy-making body that is elected on a nonpartisan basis to represent the residents of Seaside.
The Mayor is elected every two years in a general election held in November of even-numbered years. Serving with the Mayor are four members of the City Council who have overlapping terms; every two years, two members of the City Council are also selected by the voters through a general election. Each member of the City Council, including the Mayor, is not subject to term limits.
The City Manager is appointed by the City Council to manage the daily operations of the City and is responsible for making policy recommendations to the City Council and implementing City Council policy directives.
Policy decisions are made at City Council meetings, which are held on the first and third Thursdays of each month at 7:00 p.m. in the City Council Chambers at City Hall, with special meetings as needed. At these public meetings, the City Council makes policy determinations; approves agreements and contracts; adopts ordinances (local laws) and regulations; and authorizes the expenditure of City funds.
The City Council also serves as the Board of Directors for the Redevelopment Agency of the City Council. Meetings of the Redevelopment Agency are typically held prior to the City Council Meetings on the third Thursday of each month with special meetings as needed.
Members of the City Council also develop and maintain significant intergovernmental relations with local, state, and federal agencies in order to enhance the economic vitality of Seaside. The City of Seaside is in the 17th Congressional District, the 15th State Senate District, and the 27th State Assembly District. A list of State, Federal and Local Elected Officials is available here.
In addition to email, Seaside City Council Members may be reached:
Seaside City Council
440 Harcourt Avenue
Seaside, CA 93955