July 21 – Running for Boards and Commissions

the July Council of Clubs meeting
Saturday, July 21st at 10AM
IBEW Local 465, 7444 Trade St, CA 92121 (map)

July’s Council of Clubs featured a presentation from Mark Gracyk, of Helix Water District, and José Cerda, of Sweetwater Water District and founding of Chula Vista Democratic Club, on running for Boards and Commissions.

We’re often extolled to run for local Boards and Commissions as a stepping stone for other office positions, but what does it entail? How much help can we expect from the Party? Who should we recruit to help? Mark and José answered questions, and asked that we encourage our club members to step up for our communities.

San Diego County Boards, Commissions and Committees
County government includes those standing and special citizen boards, commissions, committees and task forces formed to advise the Board of Supervisors and County staff on issues and policy and to serve as links to the community. County committees are created as a result of State and Federal legislation, agreements with public or private agencies, and local needs. Boards, Commissions and Committees advise Board of Supervisors on issues relating to the welfare and quality of life in the County. They provide an inter-relationship between the citizenry of the County and the government of the County.

Citizen Advisory Committees range from short-term task-oriented to long-term standing committees with broad-based jurisdictional responsibilities. There are committees for County Service Areas (CSA), health and human services, criminal justice, elderly, planning, land use, parks, libraries, housing, and others.

The following information is available to assist you in participating in a County Board, Committee or Commission.

San Diego City Boards and Commissions

The City of San Diego has a variety of boards and commissions offering an excellent opportunity for individuals to volunteer their services on significant matters. Boards and commissions may be fiduciary, regulatory, policy-setting and/or advisory. In all cases, members’ contributions are invaluable to the Mayor, the City Council and the City.

View list of Boards and Commissions with description of their responsibilities, membership lists and their conflict of interest codes (if applicable).

Expiring Terms and Unscheduled Vacancies

Expiring Terms lists the terms that are expiring of City Board and Commission members by month. It includes the name of the board or commission, the member’s name and the date the term is scheduled to expire.

Unscheduled Vacancies lists any current unscheduled vacancies on City Boards and Commissions such as vacancies caused by resignation or death.

Interest Form

If you would like to be considered for an appointment to one of the City’s boards and/or commissions, you may print and PDF icon mail in an interest form or submit your interest form online.

For other questions or concerns, see the Frequently Asked Questions, call (619) 533-4000, or email [email protected].


We also discussed changes to the Bylaws of the San Diego County Democratic Party that affect clubs and these were subsequently sent to the Party’s Admin committee, to be voted on at the August 28, 2018 Central Committee meeting.


Ryan Hurd, Executive Director of the San Diego County Democratic Party, has shared a useful presentation of the newly created City Council Districts in San Diego County – available as a PDF here.


Many thanks to IBEW Local 465 and Nate Fairman for hosting us.

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