Commissions and Public Involvement
The City Council is assisted in its duties by citizens serving on Commissions, Committees, Boards, and Special Task Forces. Provided for by related Ordinances, these appointed groups provide much needed public input into the local government process.
Most of these commissions, committees, and the like serve in an advisory capacity to the Mayor and City Council. Lengths of terms vary and most require that appointees reside in Los Banos. In most cases, members who fulfill responsibilities are eligible for reappointment to a second term.
Agendas and minutes of Commission meetings are available from the City Clerk, located at City Hall, or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Airport Advisory Commission
|Members & Services||Term Expires|
|David Anderson||December 31, 2018|
|Vacant||December 31, 2018|
|Dennis Reed||December 31, 2019|
|Rula Axibal||December 31, 2019|
|Annette Stichel||December 31, 2018|
Airport Advisory Commission Members, with the assistance of the Airport Manager, familiarize themselves with the operations and facilities of the airport so they may perform the following duties:
- Make recommendations to the City Council concerning those matters that are properly the subject of formal action by the Council.
- Recommend, within the limitations of the Los Banos Municipal Code, ways and means of financing changes and additions to the airport.
- Approve or disapprove changes in the methods of operation proposed by the Airport Manager.
- Recommend changes in administrative policy and ensure that the Airport Manager carries out policies as directed.
- Recommend capital improvement projects.
Commissioners are appointed by the City Council and serve two-year terms. The Commission meets on the third Tuesday of each month at 5:00 p.m. in the Council Chambers at City Hall, 520 J Street.
For Questions regarding the Airport Advisory Commission, please call the Public Works Department at (209) 827-7056.
Economic Development Advisory Commission
|Interim Chamber Exec. Dir. Michelle Sandoval||N/A|
|Council Member Tom Faria||December 31, 2019|
|Council Member Deborah Lewis||December 31, 2019|
|Mary Segura||December 31, 2018|
|Aleksey Dvorkin||December 31, 2019|
|Kathy Ballard||December 31, 2018|
|Rhonda Lowe||December 31, 2018|
The Los Banos Economic Development Advisory Commission (EDAC) was formed to assist the City of Los Banos in an advisory capacity. Cities throughout the State of California have Economic Development Advisory Commissions that meet monthly and provide ideas and support for economic projects within each jurisdiction’s redevelopment area.
The Los Banos EDAC has seven members representing the City Council, Chamber of Commerce, local businesses, and local residents. Meetings are held the third Tuesday of January, April, July, and October at 4:00 p.m. in Conference Room A at City Hall, 520 J Street. Questions regarding the EDAC can be addressed to the Community & Economic Development Department at (209) 827-7000 ext. 118.
Parks & Recreation Commission
|Laurence Mitchell||December 31, 2018|
|Thaddeus Bangle||December 31, 2018|
|Gary Munoz – LBUSD Recommended||December 31, 2018|
|Anthony Dominguez||December 31, 2019|
|Rhonda Harper||December 31, 2019|
The Parks & Recreation Commission was established to serve in an advisory capacity to the Public Works Director and the City Council on all matters pertaining to public recreation, including the management, conduct, and care of the parks and playgrounds in the City. The Commission studies the needs of the City and the means of meeting such needs in connection with all such matters pertaining to public recreation and parks usage.
The Commission counsels the Public Works Director and the City Manager in connection with the preparation of the annual budget for the Parks & Recreation Division, including the City parks and makes recommendations with respect thereto to the City Manager and City Council through the Public Works Director.
The Commission assists in the planning of recreation programs for the residents of the City and promotes and stimulates public interest therein, and, to that end, solicits to the fullest possible extent the cooperation of special authorities and other public and private agencies interested therein.
The Commission studies present and future needs of the City with respect to recreation and park facilities, programs, and events and makes recommendations to the City Council and City Manager concerning the same. All commissioners are appointed by the City Council and serve two-year terms.
The Parks & Recreation Commission meets on the third Tuesday of January, April, July, and October at 6:00 p.m. in the Council Chambers at City Hall, 520 J Street.
For questions regarding the Parks & Recreation Commission, please call the Public Works Department at (209) 827-7056.
|Brett Jones||December 31, 2018|
|Erik Limon||December 31, 2019|
|John Cates||December 31, 2019|
|David Dees||December 31, 2018|
|Tom Spada||December 31, 2019|
|Susan Toscano||December 31, 2018|
|Palmer McCoy||December 31, 2018|
The Planning Commission performs the duties described in the present or any future zoning ordinances and subdivision regulations of the City’s Municipal Code. This includes any similar ordinance, statute, rule or regulation of the State, County or this City pertaining to the districting, zoning or dividing the city into districts or zones and regulating the construction of improvements, the use, division or minor subdivision of property within the City. The City Council provides the Planning Commission with it’s directions and assigns tasks.
The Planning Commission is charged with the responsibility of studying the needs of the City in which they advise and recommend to the City Council concerning the establishment, modifications and change of zones or districts, and designations of the uses to which property contained therein may be prohibited, restricted, and regulated and other duties as may be delegated by the City Council.
The Commission consists of seven members serving two-year terms who must reside within the City limits. The Planning Commission meets on the second and fourth Wednesdays of each month at 7:00 p.m. in the Council Chambers at City Hall, 520 J Street.
For questions regarding the Planning Commission, please call the Community & Economic Development Department at (209) 827-7000 ext. 118.
Traffic Safety Committee
The City of Los Banos has established a Traffic Safety Committee as outlined in Los Banos Municipal Code Section 4-5.05. It was established in 1992. Members include representatives from the Public Works Department, Community & Economic Development Department, Police Department, Fire Department, and Planning Commission. This Committee has the duty of initiating or reviewing all proposals or requests for establishment, modification, elimination, or removal of all traffic control signs, signals, markings, speed zones, prohibited or restricted parking zones, or other such related matters, which fall under the lawful discretionary control of the City.
|Steve Creighton||December 31, 2018|
|Stefanie Rubio||December 31, 2018|
|Colleen Menefee||December 31, 2019|
|John Spevak||December 31, 2019|
|Brenda Latham||December 31, 2019|
The Tree Commission serves in an advisory capacity to the Parks & Recreation Commission and to the Public Works Department regarding the importance of trees to the community.
The Commission was formed as part of the City’s commitment to being a Tree City, USA. It has helped the city be acknowledged as a Tree City USA every year since 1991.
The Commission makes recommendations on the planting and maintenance of trees. It also provides recommendations regarding the present and future needs of the City in connection with trees in public spaces, commercial locations, and residential areas. The Tree Commission works closely with the Director and staff of the Public Works Department.
The Commission meets quarterly on the second Wednesday of February, May, August, and November at 5:00 p.m. at City Hall, 520 J Street.
The Commission also helps educate community residents on the importance of trees and the proper planting and maintenance of trees. As part of this educational purpose, the Commission provides links to useful and informative web sites, including these:
www.losbanostrees.org — This site provides photos of trees, shrubs, and grasses growing in Los Banos, arranged by species, as well as a variety of information on trees.
www.arborday.org — This Arbor Day Foundation site gives information on the selection, planting, and maintenance of trees.
www.arborday.org/programs/treeCityStandards.cfm — This site explains what it means to be a Tree City USA.
www.treesaregood.org/treeowner/treeownerinformation.aspx — This site provides Tree Owner Information and is presented by the International Society of Arboriculture.