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Press Release | To Protect Public Health During COVID-19 Outbreak, Hermosa Beach will Use Videoconferencing for Meetings

Post Date:03/20/2020 5:00 PM

TO PROTECT PUBLIC HEALTH DURING COVID-19 OUTBREAK, HERMOSA BEACH CITY COUNCIL WILL USE VIDEOCONFERENCING FOR MEETINGS 

Public Can Watch on Local Access Channels and Online; Provide Live Comments by Phone or e-Comments Online 

HERMOSA BEACH, CA – To help slow the spread of the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) and comply with Los Angeles County’s new Safer at Home Order, Hermosa Beach City Council announced today that it will temporarily use an online videoconferencing system to hold its public meetings, beginning Tuesday night, March 24, and make the sessions available for the public to watch on local access channels or on the City’s Meeting and Agenda Webpage

Members of the public who wish to comment will be able to do so Tuesday evening by calling the conference line number and following the instructions provided below. Public comments may also be provided in advance of the meeting by submitting a written communication via email to anny@hermosabeach.gov or via the City’s e-Comment system by following the directions provided below. Councilmembers will be at remote locations or onsite at City Hall for the meeting, and City Hall will remain closed to the public as one of several measures the City has taken to protect public health during the COVID-19 outbreak. 

Gov. Gavin Newsom issued an Executive Order on Wednesday temporarily overriding state public meeting laws that require all meetings of City Councils and other local legislative bodies be held at a public location to permit public participation. During the current public health emergency, the governor’s order permits videoconferencing and teleconferencing for these meetings. The executive order also permits public participation via the telephone or other electronic means. 

“Protecting public health must be our top priority during the current emergency and holding City Council meetings via videoconference eliminates the need for people to leave their homes to participate in or watch our meetings,” said Hermosa Beach Mayor Mary Campbell. “We appreciate everyone’s help and understanding as we all adjust to the changes needed to slow the spread of COVID-19.” 

Public Participation Information 

To provide public comment by phone during Tuesday night’s Council meeting, please: 

  1. Email anny@hermosabeach.gov by 5 p.m. on the meeting date to be added to the speaker list. Please indicate whether you would like to speak before Closed Session at 6 p.m. or during Open Session at 7 p.m. 
  2. Dial in 10 minutes prior to the start of the meeting (6 p.m. or 7 p.m.) The conference line will be closed when the meeting begins. The number to call is 855-640-8271. After dialing in, when prompted, please dial the passcode, 51259716#. 
  3. Use your phone to put yourself on mute until called upon to speak. Unmute your phone and speak when your name is called. If you don’t have a mute button, you may mute by pressing the star key followed by the number six (*6). You can unmute by pressing the same *6 keys. 
  4. Please note that the 3-minute rule for public comments remains in effect. 

 To provide e-Comments, please: 

  1. Visit the Meeting and Agenda Webpage on the City’s website. 
  2. Click on the e-Comment button for the meeting for which you would like to provide comments. 
  3. Type your comment and include your name. 

Or provide e-Comments via the SpeakUp Hermosa Account as a guest. 

Please provide your name for all comments. When the current public health emergency ends and health authorities have provided new guidance regarding public meetings, the City plans to return Hermosa Beach City Council and its other public meetings to their usual format.

The City is monitoring updates and sharing information about the coronavirus from trusted sources, such as the CDC, California Department of Public Health and Los Angeles County Department of Public Health. Information regarding the coronavirus is changing frequently, and the City will provide the latest information about COVID-19 and links to resources on its website.  To stay informed, please sign up for Hermosa Beach eNotificationspublic safety alerts or follow the City on FacebookTwitter and Instagram.

About Hermosa Beach

Founded in 1907, Hermosa Beach is a thriving community of some 20,000 residents. Located on the southern end of the Santa Monica Bay in Los Angeles County, with beaches ranked among the best in the world, Hermosa Beach has been recognized for its work to highlight Southern California beach culture, foster a vibrant local economy and protect coastal and environmental resources.

To learn more about Hermosa Beach, please visit the City website: www.hermosabeach.gov/
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