Public Speakers at Board Meetings
Individuals and representatives of organizations are invited to address the Board on any subject that falls within the District's purview. If the item will be acted on at the Board Meeting, speakers are called on to speak just prior to Board action on the item. Board Rules allow seven speakers in most instances, with a balance preferred between speakers favoring and opposing the Board's proposed action. Each speaker is allowed a maximum of three minutes to speak and may only make a single appearance at each Board Meeting with exceptions made for "Public Hearings."
If the speaker's topic will not be voted on at the Board Meeting, their presentation is made during the Miscellaneous Speakers portion of the meeting. Board Rules limit Miscellaneous Speakers to 15 at any single meeting. Each speaker is limited to a three minute presentation.
A new process for speaking to the Board was implemented November 1, 2009. Individuals who wish to speak before the Board must obtain a speaker form at the meeting prior to the item being discussed by the Board. Speakers should plan to arrive early because the Board anticipates covering items where there are no speakers signed up at one time at the beginning of the meeting. Please call the Board Secretariat office at 213-241-7002 for more information.
The meeting location is wheelchair accessible. Speakers needing any disability related or language accommodation should notify the Board Secretariat office to arrange for accommodation and inform the staff when arriving at the meeting.