City Council | Solvang CA

Regular Meetings

  • 6:30 p.m., 2nd and 4th Monday of each month
  • Council Chamber, 1644 Oak Street, Solvang, CA 93463
  • Currently conducted with a virtual access option. Please refer to the meeting agenda for participation instructions.
  • Agendas, videos*, and minutes are available in the Agenda Center

Special and Closed Session Meetings

  • Times and locations as noticed. Agendas published 1 to 5 days prior.
  • Agenda packets and minutes are available in the Agenda Center. Audio may be available for some meetings.

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 Mayor and City Council Members 

  • Mark InfantiMayor  - Term ends December 2024 (2-year term)
  • Elizabeth OronaMayor pro tem, Councilmember District 4 - Term ends December 2026 (4-year term)
  • Claudia Orona, Councilmember - at large- Term ends December 2024 (4-year term)
  • David Brown, Councilmember District 3 - Terms ends December 2026 (4-year term) 
  • Robert Clarke, Councilmember - at large - Term ends December 2024

Contact the Council

The City Council may be contacted as follows:

  • By email at council@cityofsolvang.com 
  • Mail or hand-delivered correspondence: 
    City Hall, City Clerk's Office
    1644 Oak Street
  • Solvang, CA 93463
  • General office phone: 805-688-5575
  • In person / via Zoom: At any public meeting. Refer to agenda for date, time and location. Comment accepted on agenda items before action is taken. Special meetings may limit comment to agenda topics only.

Please note that communications to the Council are public record.  Each Member may also be contacted individually.

Submit Public Comment

To submit public comment for items not on the agenda, written comments should be submitted to CityClerk@CityofSolvang.com

Agendas & Minutes

  • Agendas are available prior to the meetings. Minutes are available following approval.
Residents can participate in City Council meetings in person, over the phone, or on zoom. For additional details see the first page of the meeting agenda.

To submit a public comment in writing, please, email CityClerk@CityofSolvang.com

Council Protocols
 
 City Council protocols were adopted in January 2021.
 
Legislative Platform
 The Legislative Platform was adopted in June 2021.


2023 Council Representation on Boards and Committees

Council Members may be eligible to receive a stipend from an external agency for membership with certain bodies; information about any such stipends is available on the City's website as part of the City's Fair Political Practices Commission (FPPC) Form 806. Please see below for more information.

Additional Compensation (FPPC Form 806)

Fair Political Practices Commission (FPPC) Form 806 is used to report additional compensation that officials are eligible to receive when appointing themselves to positions on committees or boards of another agency, or within their own agency.

This form is required pursuant to FPPC Regulation 18702.5. Each agency must post on its website a single Form 806 which lists all the paid appointed positions to which an official will vote to appoint themselves. When there is a change in compensation offered or a new appointment, the Form 806 is updated to reflect the change. 

The Form 806 is posted prior to a vote to appoint a City Council Member if the appointee will participate in the decision to appoint themselves to a position that results in eligibility for additional compensation, and the form is updated following the vote if necessary. FPPC Regulation 18702.5 provides that, as long as the public is informed prior to a vote, an official may vote to hold another position even when the vote results in additional compensation. (Paraphrased from FPPC instructions, Form 806).

Current Form 806 is available here: Public Official Appointments (Form 806)

Council Overview

The City of Solvang is a Municipal Corporation and Charter City organized under the Constitution and laws of the State of California, governed by a City Council / City Manager form of government. The City Council is a five-member body comprising four City Council Members, who serve 4-year terms, and a Mayor, who serves a 2-year term.

District Elections- In 2022 the City began the move toward district based elections replacing at-large citywide elections. Under this system, four City Council Members each represent one district, while the Mayor continues to represent the City as a whole. The first two represented districts were Districts 3 and 4 in the 2022 General Election. In 2024, Districts 1 and 2 will be included on the ballot. 

City Council Members act as the policy-makers for the city, appoint the City Manager and City Attorney, serve on a variety of governmental, quasi-governmental and community committees, and perform ceremonial functions. City Council Members receive monthly compensation and some expense reimbursement. 

All City Council Members are elected officers identified in Government Code Section 87200 and file statements of economic interest with the City Clerk's office. Copies of these filings (commonly known as Form 700s) filed by Council Members, along with other FPPC campaign filings, may be obtained from the FPPC, via the Next Request public records portal, or from the office of the City Clerk.