Volunteers sought for advisory committees

SOLANA BEACH — Volunteers are being sought to fill 15 openings on the city’s five citizen commissions. Applicants must live in Solana Beach and be at least 18 years old.
Members of the View Assessment and Budget and Finance commissions must also own property within the city. Each group has seven members, except Budget and Finance, which has five. All positions expire in January 2014.
Budget and Finance, which meets at 6:30 p.m. on the third Thursday of each month, and Public Safety, which meets at 6:30 p.m. on the second Tuesday, will each have two vacancies.
Budget and Finance members review revenues, expenditures and a draft of the preliminary budget; and investigate, review, recommend and report on cost-saving measures and suggest areas in which City Council may want to establish specific policies pertaining to either revenues or expenditures.
Public Safety members make recommendations on the creation, operation, maintenance, use, management and control of crime and traffic safety programs.
Three volunteers are needed for Parks and Recreation, which meets at 4 p.m. every second Thursday.
In addition to advising on indoor and outdoor recreational facilities and areas, members are responsible for planning, implementing and working certain special events hosted by the commission and city.
Public Arts Advisory and View Assessment will each need four members. Public Arts meets at 4:30 p.m. every second Tuesday, and View Assessment meetings are held at 6 p.m. on the third Tuesday.
Duties of the Public Arts Commission include providing direction for the development and presentation of a variety of arts, developing cooperative arrangements with other agencies to provide arts facilities, encouraging private arts funding and reviewing and recommending art to be acquired by the city.
Members of View Assessment use council-adopted guidelines to review feasible solutions for development and choose the alternative that provides the best balance between owners’ desires to develop their property according to city regulations and neighbors’ desires to protect their views. Members must also review applications and make definitive decisions on projects.
Volunteers are also needed on the Parks and Recreation and Public Arts youth advisory groups, which require a special application.
Applications will be accepted until 5:30 p.m. Jan. 17. Interest forms are available at City Hall, 635 S. Coast Hwy. 101, or on the website at cityofsolanabeach.org. Click on City Government, City Clerk and Citizen Committees.
Appointments will be made by council members at the Jan. 25 meeting. Call (858) 720-2400 for more information.

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