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City Boards, Commissions, and Committees

The City of Ukiah is fortunate to have a sizable number of citizen volunteers serving on boards, commissions, and committees which complete business of their own or make recommendations to the City Council. All members are appointed by the City Council with terms commencing throughout the year.

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Pursuant to Government Code Section 54970, notice is hereby given of the following appointments for the City of Ukiah’s Boards, Commissions, and Committees for which the City Council of the City of Ukiah has the appointing power.

Miscellaneous Boards, Commissions, and Committees

Airport Commission

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This Commission meets the first Tuesday of each month for regular meetings. The Airport Commission is a five member Commission appointed by the City Council.

This Commission shall consist of five (5) members. Except as provided herein, three (3) of the members shall be residents of the city and two (2) may reside outside the city limits but within Mendocino County. Members shall be appointed according to procedures established by resolution of the City Council. The members shall be appointed for a term of three (3) years which terms shall be staggered.

Such Commission shall: Act in an advisory capacity to the City Council in all matters pertaining to the operations of the municipal airport; Aid and advise the City Manager in the selection of personnel for the operation of the municipal airport in keeping with the provisions of the civil service ordinance; Recommend and advise regarding the purchase of supplies, materials and service required for the operation and maintenance of the municipal airport.

MemberAppointmentAppointedTerm Expires
Andrew SteinCommissioner - County Resident (Brown)8/7/20198/7/2022
Mark AshikuCommissioner - City Resident (Mulheren)5/20/20205/20/2023
Donovan AlbrightCommissioner - County Resident (Doble)5/6/20205/6/2023
Randal S. BecklerCommissioner - City Resident (Orozco)4/7/20214/7/2024
VACANTCommissioner - City Resident (Dueñas)

Building Appeals Board

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This five (5) member board meets on an as needed basis to hear and decide appeals of orders, decisions or determinations by the building official.

The Board shall consist of five (5) members and three (3) alternates appointed by the City Council. The building official is the ex officio member.

Qualifications: A person is qualified to serve on the Board, if he or she satisfies any of the following qualifications: (1) A registered design professional in good standing with the applicable licensing board with not less than five years of experience as a registered design professional; (2) Licensed general or specialty contractor in good standing with the Contractors State Licensing Board with not less than five years of experience as a licensed contractor; (3) a certified building inspector or fire inspector with not less than five years experience as a certified inspector. Members must be residents of or licensed to conduct business in the Ukiah Valley, Redwood Valley or Potter Valley. Shall serve without compensation. No officer or employee of the City shall be appointed to said Board. The members shall be appointed for a term of three (3) years which terms shall be staggered.

MemberAppointmentAppointedTerm Expires
Matthew Keiserex officio Member - Building OfficialN/AN/A
VACANTMember (4 positions)TBDTBD
VACANTAlternate Member (3 positions)TBDTBD

Civil Service Board

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This three (3) member board meets on an as needed basis to consider personnel matters.

The Civil Service Board shall consist of three (3) members. One shall be appointed by the City Council, one shall be appointed by the employees and one shall be appointed by the other two (2) members.

Qualifications: The members of the Civil Service Board shall be residents of the city for a continuous period of at least one year immediately preceding appointment to said Board, shall be qualified electors of said city, and shall serve without compensation. No officer or employee of the city shall be appointed to said Board, nor shall any member, while a member of the Board or for a period of one year after he or she has ceased for any reason to be a member, be eligible for appointment to any salaried office or employment in the service of the city or to any city elective office.

MemberAppointmentAppointedTerm Expires
Jim AndersenMember - Appointed by Council3/19/2014Indefinite
VACANTMember - Appointed by EmployeesTBDIndefinite
VACANTMember - Appointed by Other Two MembersTBDIndefinite

Demolition Review Committee

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This five (5) member advisory committee meets on an as needed basis to consider applications to demolish structures which exceed 50 years of age.

The Committee shall consist of five (5) members who shall be appointed by the City Council as follows: Director of Community Development or assigned designee, Director of Public Works/City Engineer or assigned designee, Building Inspector or assigned designee, a representative of the Mendocino County Historical Society or other group/organization involved with local history, or a local historian, a City of Ukiah resident with expertise in architecture, building, or closely related field.
The appointments of Staff do not expire, but the remaining members terms expire after three (3) years of service.

The duties of the Demolition Permit Review Committee shall include:
Research of historical, cultural and architectural significance of the subject structure; Evaluation of the feasibility of rehabilitating or relocating the structure if it is deemed historical; In the event that the structure is found to have historic or architectural significance, determine if the salvaging of historic materials is feasible; Recommendation to the City Council regarding whether any of the criteria listed in the Ukiah City Code Section 3016(E) apply to the subject structure, and whether or not the Demolition Permit should be issued, issued with conditions, or denied.

MemberAppointmentAppointedTerm Expires
Tim EriksenDirector of Public Works/City Engineer or assigned designeeN/AN/A
Craig SchlatterDirector of Community Development or assigned designeeN/AN/A
Matthew KeizerBuilding Inspector or assigned designeeN/AN/A
Alyssa BallardA Representative of the Mendocino County Historical Society or other group/organization involved with local history, or a local historian (Brown)10/7/202010/7/2023
VACANTA City of Ukiah resident with expertise in architecture, building, or closely related fieldTBDTBD

Design Review Board

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This five (5) member advisory board meets at 3:00 p.m. on the fourth Thursday of the month as needed to evaluate development proposals. Meetings are held in the Civic Center Annex located at 411 W Clay Street.

The Board shall consist of five (5) persons with design experience and community interest, of whom: three (3) shall reside, or own real property or a business within the City of Ukiah city limits, and two (2) shall represent the community at large with no ownership or residency requirement.
This Board serves as an advisory body to the Planning Commission on Major Use and Site Development Permits, Zoning Administrator on Minor Use and Site Development Permits, Finance Review Committee on Façade Improvement Permit applications, and City Council or other city policy boards as set forth in the Ukiah City Code or as directed by the City Council.

The Design Review Board shall review construction, renovations, and alterations to building exteriors located within the boundaries of the Downtown Design District for consistency with the Downtown Design Guidelines. The Board shall represent to the degree possible a cross section of the community and a range of experience and education relevant to its functions, such as: architecture, landscape architecture, building design, community, city or urban planning, construction trades, engineering or surveying, historical or cultural preservation, environmental planning, Ukiah Main Street Program director.

MemberAppointmentAppointedTerm Expires
Howell HawkesMember - City Resident/Property or Business Owner (Brown)12/19/201812/7/2022
Colin MorrowMember - City Resident/Property or Business Owner (Mulheren)12/17/201412/7/2022
Tom LidenMember - City Resident/Property or Business Owner (Orozco)12/19/201812/7/2022
VACANTMember - Community at Large
VACANTMember - Community at Large (Crane)

Equity and Diversity Standing Committee

Equity And Diversity Application

This eleven (11) member standing committee will meet virtually. The meeting day and time will be determined once the committee is fully formed.

The Equity and Diversity Standing Committee (“Committee”) shall consist of eleven (11) members. The members shall consist of two members of the City Council and one member from each of nine organizations in the City of Ukiah or the Ukiah Valley, including Redwood and Potter Valleys, which serve or represent: (1) Persons with lived experience of poverty (currently or formerly living at or below the poverty level); (2) Persons with physical or mental disabilities; (3) Persons from the LGBTQA community; (4) Native American tribes and communities in Mendocino County; (5) Persons from the Hispanic/Latino community; (6) Persons of color (7) Persons whose primary language is not English; (8) Youth 21 years and younger; and (9) Seniors 65 years or older. In addition, committee members must either reside or work in the City of Ukiah. Members shall be appointed by the City Council based on written applications submitted by deadlines established by the City Council and any oral interviews the City Council may elect to conduct.

Committe members will adopt written objectives to improve diversity and equity in the City’s workforce and in the provision of municipal services; developing a written Action Plan to achieve those objectives; implementing and overseeing the Action Plan; providing an annual review and update to the City Council on the Committee’s progress; and proposing revisions to the plan as necessary.

MemberAppointmentAppointedTerm Expires
Juan OrozcoCouncilmemberN/AN/A
Josefina DueñasCouncilmemberN/AN/A
Denise GornyPersons with lived experience of poverty (currently or formerly living at or below the poverty level)2/17/20212/17/2023
Xochilt Morales de MartinezPersons with physical or mental disabilities2/17/20212/17/2023
Daren JacksonPersons from the LGBTQA community2/17/20212/17/2023
Les MarstonNative American tribes and communities in Mendocino County2/17/20212/17/2023
Susan SternPersons from the Hispanic/Latino community2/17/20212/17/2023
L. Jani SheppardPersons of color2/17/20212/17/2023
Troyle TognoliYouth 21 years and younger2/17/20212/17/2023
Corinne JonesSeniors 65 years or older3/3/20213/3/2023
Sonu UpadhyayPersons whose primary language is not English5/5/20215/5/2023

Investment Oversight Committee

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The Investment Oversight Committee consists of five (5) members as follows: City Manager, Director of Finance, City Council Member, the City Treasurer, and a public member who shall have governmental accounting experience and may not have been employed by the City of Ukiah at any time during the three years preceding the appointment date. Please contact the City Clerk at 707-463-6217 with any questions.

The Committee assists in the public review and understanding of the City’s investment practices and serves to meet the goals of the “Prudent Investor” rule to which all local governments should follow in their financial transactions. The Committee considers recommendations from the investment advisor. The investment Oversight Committee meets bi-annually, inclusive of a report to City Council, and on an as needed basis.

MemberAppointmentAppointedTerm Expires
Allen CarterCity TreasurerN/AN/A
Sage SangiacomoCity ManagerN/AN/A
Dan BuffaloDirector of FinanceN/AN/A
Monte HillPublic Member (Baldwin)10/17/2012Indefinite
Douglas CraneCity CouncilmemberN/AN/A
Juan V. OrozcoMayorN/AN/A
PFM GroupInvestment CompanyN/AN/A

Measure P Oversight Committee

This Committee Was Sunsetted on June 7, 2017

 

This Committee meets on an as needed basis to review the City’s budget for public safety services and the expenditure of revenues so budgeted. The Measure P Oversight Committee is a five-member Committee appointed by the City Council.

Commission shall consist of five (5) members who represent a broad range of interests in the City, including such interests as business owners, ethnic minorities, (1) Ukiah City firefighter, (1) Ukiah City peace officer, homeowners and tenants.

It shall be the function and duty of the Measure P Oversight Committee to review the City’s budget for public safety services and the expenditure of revenues so budgeted. The City Manager shall provide the Oversight Committee with any information it requests which is not exempt from disclosure under the California Public Records Act and shall assist it in organizing and analyzing the information so provided. The Oversight Committee must prepare a written report which shall be presented to the City Council at a noticed public hearing and which shall be available to the general public for not less than 10 calendar days prior to the scheduled hearing date. The report shall contain an analysis of the level and types of service provided by the City’s police department and fire department or other arrangement approved by the City Council, the revenues and expenditures of the designated fund or account. It shall also make recommendations concerning the future use of these funds and levels and types of service. The Oversight Committee shall dissolve after it files its report with the City Council, until a new Oversight Committee is appointed for the next two-year review.

Parks, Recreation, and Golf Commission

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This five (5) member commission meets at 5:30 p.m. on the third Tuesday of each month.

The Commission shall consist of five (5) at large members provided that a majority of the five (5) committee members reside within the city limits. All members of the commission shall be appointed by the City Council.

The Parks, Recreation, and Golf Commission shall have the power and duty to recommend and advise on: policies to be adopted and enforced for the operation, use and management of all recreation activities and facilities, parks and parkways; Policies for the planning of recreation and parks programs for the inhabitants of the city, promote and stimulate public interest therein, and to that end, solicit to the fullest extent possible the cooperation of school authorities and other public or private agencies interested therein; Policies for the acquisition, development and improvement of parks, playgrounds and facilities for recreation.

MemberAppointmentAppointedTerm Expires
Susan KnopfCommissioner - At Large, City Resident (Brown)8/7/20198/7/2022
Vicki Bitonti-BrownCommissioner - At Large, City Resident (Crane)10/17/201810/17/2021
Roger VincentCommissioner - At Large, County Resident (Orozco)3/18/20203/18/2023
Elora BabbiniCommissioner - At Large, County Resident (Dueñas)6/2/20216/2/2024
VACANTCommissioner - At Large, City ResidentTBDTBD

Paths, Open Space, and Creeks Commission

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The Paths, Open Space, and Creeks Commission shall consist of five (5) members. Members shall be appointed as follows: three (3) of the members shall be residents of the city and two (2) may reside outside the city but within the Mendocino County. Members shall be appointed according to procedures established by resolution of the City Council. Members shall be appointed for a term of three (3) years which terms shall be staggered.

The commission meets every 1st Thursday of each month at 3:00 p.m. in the Civic Center Annex located at 411 W Clay Street.

The Paths, Open Space, and Creeks Commission shall have the power and duty to recommend and advise regarding:

  • Efficient implementation of the open space and conservation element of the 1996 Ukiah general plan
  • Efficient implementation of the pathway sections of the transportation element of the 1996 Ukiah general plan
  • Procedure and funding mechanisms for acquisition, preservation, and effective stewardship of city paths, open space, and creeks.
MemberAppointmentAppointedTerm Expires
Susan KnopfCommissioner - Resident in City Limits (Mulheren)8/7/20198/7/2022
Megan ParkerCommissioner - Residence within Mendocino County (Brown)5/15/20195/15/2022
Jeanne Wetzel ChinnCommissioner - Resident in City Limits (Orozco)6/5/20196/5/2022
Diane KnoxCommissioner - Residence within Mendocino County (Crane)1/15/20201/15/2023
VACANTCommissioner - Resident in City LimitsTBDTBD

Planning Commission

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This five (5) member Commission meets at 6:00 p.m. in the Civic Center Council Chambers on the second and fourth Wednesdays of the month to make determinations on development projects within the city.

Said Commission shall consist of five (5) members who shall be registered voters of the city. They shall be appointed by a majority of the City Council, each to serve at the will of the City Council up to a term of four (4) years. Members may be appointed to successive terms without limitations. Members may be appointed according to procedures established by resolution of the City Council or by utilizing a procedure approved by a majority vote of the City Council, and may be required to complete an application. If a commissioner vacates or is removed from his or her office before the expiration of his or her term of office, a successor shall be appointed to complete the unexpired term by a majority of the City Council. Commissioners shall be nominated and voted upon at a single City Council meeting, unless a different procedure is approved by a majority vote of the City Council.

It shall be the function and duty of the Planning Commission to prepare, make and adopt, subject to the provisions of law, a master plan for the physical development of the city, and of any land situated outside the boundaries thereof which in the Commission’s judgment bears relation to the planning thereof.

MemberAppointmentAppointedTerm Expires
Laura ChristensenCommissioner12/19/201812/7/2022
Mark HillikerCommissioner12/19/201812/7/2022
Ruth Van AntwerpCommissioner10/2/201912/7/2022
Douglas 'Rick' JohnsonCommissioner4/7/20214/7/2025
Michelle JohnsonCommissioner4/7/20214/7/2025

Traffic Engineering Committee

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This nine (9) member Committee meets at 3:00 p.m. in the Civic Center on the second Tuesday of the month as needed to serve as the City’s Traffic Engineer.

The Committee shall consist of the City Manager, the Chief of Police, the City Engineer, the Planning Director, the Superintendent of Public Works or their duly appointed representatives, together with a representative of the local transit authority, an active transportation representative and two (2) city residents of driving age, each of whom may from time to time be determined and appointed by the Council. The chairman shall be chosen by vote of the committee. Any member of such committee, whether appointed by this Chapter or by action of the Council, may be removed by the Council at any time.

It shall be the general duty of the City Traffic Engineer to determine the installation and proper timing and maintenance of traffic-control devices and signals, to conduct engineering analyses of traffic accidents and to devise remedial measures, to conduct engineering and traffic investigations of traffic conditions and to cooperate with other city officials in the development of ways and means to improve traffic conditions, and to carry out the additional powers and duties imposed by ordinances of this city. (Please note: whenever in this Chapter the designation of term “City Traffic Engineer” is used, it shall mean the committee comprising the office of City Traffic Engineer acting through a majority of the members thereof, or a duly authorized representative of the office of City Traffic Engineer.)

MemberAppointmentAppointedTerm Expires
Tim EriksenTEC Chairman, Public Works Director / City EngineerN/AIndefinite
John LampiTEC Vice Chairman, Public Representative (Rodin)7/19/2006Indefinite
Erich SommerPublic Representative (Brown)10/18/2017Indefinite
Jacob KingMendocino Transit Authority RepresentativeN/AIndefinite
Neil DavisActive Transportation RepresentativeN/AIndefinite
Shannon RileyCity Manager RepresentativeN/AIndefinite
Sean KaeserChief of Police RepresentativeN/AIndefinite
Craig SchlatterCommunity Development and Planning Director RepresentativeN/AIndefinite
Don BrownSuperintendent of Public Works RepresentativeN/AIndefinite

Apply for a Board, Commission, or Committee

Each Board, Commission, and Committee has its own application. Download the application for the one you’re interested in below. Return the completed application and attachments to:

City Clerk’s Office
300 Seminary Avenue
Ukiah, CA 95482

If you have any questions or are interested in the Civil Service Board or the Traffic Engineering Committee, please contact the City Clerk’s office at (707) 463-6217.

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