Item 6-L

Council Meeting: 2/25/97                Santa Monica, CA

TO:       Mayor and City Council
FROM:     City Staff
SUBJECT:  Resolution to Amend the Rules of Order and Procedure
          for Conduct of City Council Meetings so that Closed
          Sessions are held after all other items on the City
          Council Agenda have been Considered and is listed last
          on the City Council Agenda

Introduction
This staff report presents for City Council consideration a
resolution amending the rules regarding the conduct of City
Council meetings such that the closed session is held after
consideration of all other agendized items and is listed as the
last item on the agenda.

Discussion
On January 28, 1997 the City Council directed staff to revise the
resolution on the conduct of city council meetings so the closed
session is listed last on the agenda.  The Council also directed
that all items be considered prior to the council adjourning to
closed session. The attached resolution effectuates the change
requested by the City Council by amending Rule 6 which dictates
the order of business. Currently, Rule 6(a) states that a closed
session may be held between 6:00 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. or as part of
a staff administrative item (9 items). This section is revised to
state that the closed session should be held after all public
items are considered and listed last on the agenda. 

Budget and Financial Impact
The recommendation contained in this report does not have any
budget or financial impact.

Recommendation
Staff recommends that the City Council adopt the attached
resolution that modifies the council rules so that the closed
session is held after all other items are considered and  appears
as the last item on the City Council agenda.

Prepared by:   Katie Lichtig, Senior Management Analyst

Attachment: Resolution Amending the Rules of Order and Procedure
for Conduct of City Council Meetings so that closed sessions are
held after all other items on the City Council agenda have been
considered and is listed last on the City Council agenda.


                  RESOLUTION NUMBER _____(CCS)
                     (City Council Series)
                                
                A RESOLUTION OF THE CITY COUNCIL
 OF THE CITY OF SANTA MONICA AMENDING RESOLUTION 8525 (CCS) TO
  MODIFY THE RULES OF ORDER AND PROCEDURE FOR CONDUCT OF CITY
COUNCIL MEETINGS TO REQUIRE THAT THE CLOSED SESSION BE HELD AFTER
ALL OTHER AGENDIZED ITEMS ARE CONSIDERED AND THE CLOSED SESSION
     IS LISTED AS THE LAST ITEM ON THE CITY COUNCIL AGENDA
                                

     THE CITY COUNCIL OF THE CITY OF SANTA MONICA DOES HEREBY
RESOLVE AS FOLLOWS:
     SECTION I. Resolution Number 8525 (CCS) Rule 6, section (a),
regarding the order of business of a City Council meeting, is
amended to read as follows:
     
     (a) Closed Session. Closed Session should be held after all
     other agendized items are considered by the City Council. 
     Closed Session should be listed last on the agenda published
     by the City Clerk.

SECTION IV.  The City Clerk shall certify to the adoption of this
resolution, and thenceforth and thereafter the same shall be in
full force and effect.

APPROVED AS TO FORM:

                      
MARSHA JONES MOUTRIE
City Attorney