Board of Appeals and Advisors
The purpose of the Board of Appeals and Advisors is to serve as a resource to advise and make recommendations to the City Council, the City Manager, the Building Official and the Fire Chief on matters relating to building construction; and to act as an alternative administrative appellate review body for persons affected by decisions of those officers to abate public nuisances arising out of application of Uniform Codes. This board is responsible for hearing appeals of decisions of the Building Official relating to application of the building codes. It also reviews and approves the use of alternate construction methods and materials and provides recommendations regarding adoption of building code requirements.
Board of Ethics
The purpose of the Board of Ethics is to advise and make recommendations to the City Council on all matters relating to potential unethical conduct and to make such necessary and appropriate recommendations to the City Council for the implementation of the Code of Ethics. The Board works with the City Attorney's Office; receives and initiates complaints of violations of the City's Code of Ethics; hears and investigates violations and transmits findings to the appropriate authority or City officer; renders advisory opinions or interpretations with respect to applications of the Code; proposes revisions to the Code to ensure its continuing pertinence and effectiveness.
Board of Library Trustees
The purpose of the Board of Library Trustees is to represent the needs of the community and advise the City Council on issues pertinent to the City's libraries. The Board works with the Library Director; reviews library policies; and provides feedback on library activities and plans.
Charter Review Commission
The purpose of the Charter Review Commission is to serve as a resource to advise and make recommendations to the City Council and the City Manager on issues affecting the provisions of the City Charter. The Commission constitutes a forum for Citywide discussion, research and analysis of matters relating to current or proposed provisions of the City Charter and amendments; helps coordinate citizen and staff ideas with regard to potential Charter changes; formulates specific language for proposed Charter changes in a form appropriate for placement on the ballot; and prepares and submits proposed ballot arguments in favor or against proposed Charter changes.
The Measure A Citizens' Oversight Committee ("COC") was created to review and report on all Measure A proposed expenditure plans, financial reports and audits. Measure A is the half-cent sales tax measure to fund public safety staffing and services that was passed by Chula Vista voters on June 5. The new tax will allow the Chula Vista Fire and Police Departments to hire additional police officers and firefighters, to provide faster responses to 9-1-1 emergency calls, increase neighborhood police patrols including gang and drug-related crimes, address homelessness, and improve firefighter, paramedic and emergency medical response times.
The Measure P Citizens Oversight Committee (COC) will be composed of 16 members. The purpose of the COC is to review and report on all Measure P expenditure plans, financial reports, and audits. Eleven of the COC members will be nominated, apply and serve as “Designated Members.” Designated Members will be nominated by local organizations and individuals such as the Chula Vista Chamber of Commerce, Chula Vista Youth Sports Council, Chula Vista Growth Management Oversight Commission, and the Chula Vista Police and Fire chiefs. The remaining five members will be “At-Large Members” selected from a pool of applicants who apply directly to the City. “At-Large Members” appointed must include at least one resident from each of the four City Council districts. The City Council will interview and appoint each of the 16 members.
The Civil Service Commission works with the Human Resources Department; holds public hearings and provides recommendations to the City Council regarding the adoption, amendment, or repeal of civil service rules and regulations not in conflict with the City Charter; hears appeals of permanent employees in the classified service relative to suspension, demotion or dismissal; may investigate the administration of personnel and report findings to the City Manager and City Council; and assists in maintaining proper employer-employee relations.
Commission on Aging
The purpose of the Commission on Aging is to make recommendations and advise the City Council and the City Manager on all matters affecting the older residents of the City. The Commission works with the Recreation Department; makes recommendations and advises the City Council and City Manager on matters affecting the older residents of the City; takes steps to develop a mutual understanding and respect between seniors and the balance of the community; promotes new and improved programs for seniors; reviews existing programs and recommends modifications; and provides a forum where senior citizens may voice their concerns and suggestions.
Cultural Arts Commission
The purpose of the Cultural Arts Commission is to serve as a resource to advise and make recommendations to the City Council and the City Manager on cultural arts issues affecting the citizens of the City. The Commission identifies Cultural Art needs and issues, develops, supports and nurtures those ideas which expand and enrich arts and cultural opportunities for the entire community.
In 2012, Chula Vista voters approved amending that City Charter to require that City Councilmembers be elected by geographic district, beginning with the 2016 election. The Chula Vista Districting Commission was composed of seven members. It was formed to construct four City Council districts to be used in future City elections.
The purpose of the Growth Management Oversight Commission is to provide an independent annual review of the effectiveness of the General Plan regarding development issues. The Commission considers the quality of life threshold standards set forth in the Growth Management Plan and makes determinations or recommendations regarding those standards; annually reviews implementation of the Growth Management Element of the General Plan and the growth management program, including the adequacy of master facility plans to account for effective use of public facilities required by future growth in connection with the planning and phasing of development projects.
Healthy Chula Vista Advisory Commission
The purpose of the Healthy Chula Vista Advisory Commission is to serve as a resource, to advise and to make recommendations to the City Council, and City Manager on health related policies and opportunities under the Healthy Chula Vista Initiative that would benefit the community.
Historic Preservation Commission
The Historic Preservation Commission works with the Advance Planning Division of Development Services Department. The Commission meets the certified local government requirements, as defined by the national Historic Preservation Act, and serves as the authority on historic preservation matters, advises the City Council and other City boards and commissions, as needed, on historic preservation matters as is mandated by Chula Vista Municipal Code Title 21, Historic Preservation.
The purpose of the Housing Advisory Commission is to serve as a resource to advise and to make recommendations to the Housing Authority, City Council, and City Manager on housing issues and opportunities that would benefit the community. The Commission periodically assesses the housing needs in the City and reviews housing policies, strategies, and proposed affordable housing projects; as well as reviews and makes recommendations on matters before the Housing Authority.
The Human Relations Commission serves as an advisory body to make recommendations and offer advice to the Mayor, City Council and the City Manager on the rights of every inhabitant of the City of Chula Vista and in the improvement and effectiveness of the interrelationships between the various groups based on race, religion, color, ancestry, socioeconomic, age, sex (including gender identity, gender expression, transgender, pregnancy and breastfeeding), sexual orientation, place of birth, citizenship/immigration status, marital status, military service, disability, medical condition, genetic characteristics or information, or any other characteristic protected by federal, state, or local laws of citizens forming the social body of the City and to advise the City on how it may best proceed in the realization of its stated goal to support healthy community, strong and secure neighborhoods and a connected community as it seeks to promote ways in which the community gets along and safeguards equal opportunity for everyone.
International Friendship Commission
The International Friendship Commission plans, develops and carries out economic cooperation, cultural interchange and mutual understanding on the basis of mutual friendship between the City and its sister cities: Odawara, Japan; Cebu City, Philippines and Irapuato, Mexico. A committee is set up to help prepare visits and entertain visitors and exchange students.
Mobilehome Rent Review Commission
The purpose of the Mobilehome Rent Review Commission is to provide an independent review of the disputes over rent increases in mobilehome parks within the City of Chula Vista. The Commission provides advice to the City Council and the City Manager on matters relating to mobilehome parks; adopts rules and regulations to administer hearings to determine whether a park owner's rent increase is in excess of the applicable cost of living increase; acts as the "due process" unbiased decision-maker regarding mobilehome park rent disputes.
Parks & Recreation Commission
The Parks and Recreation Commission works with the Recreation Department; advises the City Council on issues pertinent to parks, open space, playgrounds, and recreation programs; assists in planning programs for the community and stimulating interest in the programs among the residents of the City; solicits interest and cooperation of school authorities and other public and private agencies in the recreation programs.
The Planning Commission works in conjunction with the Development Services Department; serves as the official planning agency of Chula Vista; evaluates major land use proposals in terms of their impact on the City; conducts public hearings on significant planning, zoning, and land subdivision matters; and recommends action and policy to the City Council. The Commission also guides the preparation for the The General Plan and Specific Plans.
The purpose of the Sustainability Commission is to provide citizens’ advice to the City Council in the areas of energy and water conservation, resource recovery, environmental sustainability, and other related fields as determined by the City Council. The Commission works in conjunction with the Conservation & Environmental Services Department regarding the public education, development, implementation and evaluation of environmental initiatives and programs that advance economically and environmentally sustainable local practices. Commissioners will work with other agencies and citizen groups to provide the City Council with information and recommendations that foster inclusive program development and broad program participation.
The Safety Commission works in conjunction with the Engineering Department to conceive and develop ideas and suggestions to contribute to the improvement of personal, traffic or property safety within the City.
Veterans Advisory Commission
The Veterans Advisory Commission provides advice to the City Council on matters directly relating to veterans. Sample duties include: promoting and assisting the City on Veteran's Day or Memorial Day observations and other events; encouraging and promoting patriotism and interest in flag etiquette and display; studying future needs of veterans, such as veterans' homes and halls; providing a forum to discuss issues relating to military veterans; and formulating and recommending a City position and endorsement regarding proposed legislation affecting veterans and military personnel.
The Youth Action Council establishes a communication link between Chula Vista youth and the City Council. Members are primarily engaged in a variety of community service projects that initiate outreach to their neighbors and peers. The Youth Action Council provides opportunities for students to connect with their community and become informed stakeholders.