ARTICLE VII - Meetings

Commission Bylaws
ARTICLE VII - Meetings Section 1: Quorum At all meetings of the full Commission, the presence of a majority of the members shall constitute a quorum for all purposes. The affirmative vote of a majority of the members (i.e., four votes) shall be required for the approval of any matter. Section 2: Public Input The Commission shall hold meetings open to the public and encourage the participation of interested persons. Each person wishing to speak on an item before the Commission shall be permitted to be heard once for up to three minutes. Each agenda for regular meetings shall provide an opportunity for members of the public to directly address the Commission on items of interest to the public that are within the Commission's jurisdiction. The Public Comment opportunity shall appear on the agenda after "New Business," except, at the presiding officer's discretion, Public Comment can be heard earlier in the agenda when a member of the public wants to speak but is unable to attend the entire meeting. When it appears that an item may elicit considerable public comment, the presiding officer may, at his sole discretion, ask those who desire to speak to sign up on a sheet provided by the Commission Secretary. Speakers will be called for comment in the order in which they signed the sheet. Members of the public who do not elect to sign or do not wish to give their name, may give comment after those who did sign have had an opportunity to comment. Except for the actions taken at lawful closed sessions, any action taken at other than a public meeting shall be void. Closed sessions may be held in accordance with applicable state statutes and ordinances of the Board of Supervisors. Section 3: Meeting Minutes Minutes shall be taken at every Commission meeting and shall comply with the provisions of the San Francisco Sunshine Ordinance. (See S.F. Admin. Code §67.16 (Minutes). Minutes of a meeting shall be approved, whenever practicable, at the next meeting of the body. Section 4. Regular Meetings Regular meetings of the Library Commission shall be held on the first Tuesday of each month and on the third Thursday of each month in the Koret Auditorium of the Main Library at 4:00 p.m. or at such other date, time, and/or place as the Commission may, by resolution or motion, designate. A change in the date, time, and/or place of Commission meetings shall not require an amendment of these Bylaws. Regular Meetings and/or Special Meetings may be held at other places, dates or times subject to the provision of appropriate notice. Section 5: Closed Sessions The Commission is authorized to hold closed (non-public) meetings for limited purposes, such as the discussion of matters posing a threat to the security of Library buildings or a threat to the public's right of access to Library buildings or services; consideration of the appointment, employment, evaluation of performance or dismissal of department head or Commission secretary; or pending litigation. Upon consultation with the City Attorney, and determination that a closed session is both authorized and appropriate under the circumstances, the President of the Commission may call a closed session. Section 6: Special Meetings The President of the Commission may call special meetings to address specific matters. Next Page
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