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City Clerk

The City Clerk performs a wide variety of complex and highly skilled administrative and executive assistant duties in support of the City Manager, Mayor, and City Council. Responsibilities:

  • The City Clerk is the keeper of the City's records;
  • Acts as Elections Official for the City;
  • Acts as the Clerk to the Council;
  • Keeps the City's information transparent and available to the public;
  • Supervises the City's Response to Freedom of Information requests and ensures that the City responds appropriately and timely to all Public Records Act requests. Click here for the PRA Request Form.
  • Keeps the City's Corporate Seal;
  • Prepares City Council agenda packets, and minutes;
  • Holds the City's Legal/Official records;
  • Manages the City's Bidding Process and ensures compliance with bidding procedures;
  • Serves as lead staff for the City's record management system;
  • Trains line department staff and exercises quality control over the agendas, packets, and minutes of all City Boards and Commissions;
  • Ensures the City remains in compliance with FPPC requirements;
  • Holds the Official Copies of the City's Ordinances and Resolutions;
  • Maintains the City's Charter and Municipal Code; and performs a variety of tasks in support of the City Manager.

What's New

November 6, 2018 Candidates
Pacific Grove residents will have the following candidates to consider for the positions of Mayor and three Council Members:

Mayor:  Rudy Fischer, Bill Peake, and Dionne Ybarra.

Council Member:  Joe Amelio, Andrew Kubica, Steven Lilley, Jenny McAdams, Dan Miller, Tama Olver, and Amy Tomlinson. 

For more information on these candidates, click here.

Pacific Grove Local Ballot Measures:  STR and TOT
Pacific Grove residents will have two local measures to consider:

Measure M
1) Shall the Pacific Grove Municipal Code Section 23.64.350 be amended to prohibit short-term rentals in residential districts outside the Coastal Zone, provide an 18-month phase-out period for existing permitted short-term rentals that become nonconforming uses under the measure, and require voter approval of any changes to the measure except with regard to the Coastal Zone or enforcement?
Yes (_____)

No  (_____)
Measure U
2) Shall the measure amending the Pacific Grove Municipal Code be adopted to increase the City of Pacific Grove’s Transient Occupancy Tax (TOT), effective July 1, 2019, imposed on occupants of short-term rentals such as hotel rooms, from 10% to 12%, and apply TOT to total rent paid by a guest for the short-term rental, including online travel companies, which is anticipated to raise $1,135,000 annually and will continue until repealed by City Council or City voters?
Yes (_____)
No  (_____)

The City Clerk serves as the Elections Official for all City of Pacific Grove regular and special elections, including processing and certifying citizen-generated petitions. Please look here for updated municipal elections and voter information.

You may also visit the Monterey County Elections Department for general local elections information. Voter registration forms are available in the Office of the City Clerk, or by calling the Monterey County Registrar of Voters at 831.796.1499.

The Fair Political Practices Comm. (FPPC) will provide information about campaign financing and spending, financial conflicts of interest, lobbyist registration and reporting for public officials, candidates, committee’s and post-governmental employees. 

Please visit the California Elections and Voter Information website for more information on Ballot Measures, Voter Registration, Elections Laws, and many other elections/voter resources.

Interested in Running for Office?

Want to serve your community?  This page has been prepared to assist and the information provided is for general reference only.  

See 2018 Election Candidates Handbook 

Frequently Asked Questions 

The election campaign process officially begins with the Candidate Nomination period beginning July 16th concluding on August 15th. 

During this time, you will be required to gather nomination signatures from registered voters who "nominate" you to the elected office of your choice. Upon completion of the nomination, you will submit a series of papers, including your Candidate Intention Statement, Your Ballot Designation and a series of other procedural forms. 

Until July 16th, there is nothing that you can do officially to officially become a candidate, however, that does not mean that you cannot tell members of the public your intentions or begin to collect campaign contributions.  Before you collect any contributions, you MUST file a FPPC Form 501 with the City Clerk.

The FPPC has issued a Fast Facts Getting Started sheet of information for candidates spending $2,000 or more.  Please see the form here.  

Candidates interested in running for local office in Pacific Grove, can find information in the FPPC's Manual 2 (for Local Candidates, Superior Court Judges, their Controlled Committees, and Primarily Formed Committees for Local Candidates).  The FPPC Filing Schedule provides important dates for candidates and committees.  For more information on these documents, you may contact FPPC directly at E-Mail Advice or 1-866-ASK-FPPC.  Important dates to note

As the City of Pacific Grove consolidates its elections with the Monterey County Elections Office, it follows the schedule outlined by the Registrar of Voters.  For more information, please see their website at

The Fair Political Practices Commission (FPPC) requires each agency to post a Form 806 which reports additional compensation that officials receive when appointing themselves to positions on committees, boards or commissions of an intergovernmental public agency, special district, and joint power agency/authorities. Each agency must post a Form 806 listing all paid appointed positions including the date appointed, length of term and stipend amount received. (CA FPPC Reg. §18705.5)

For additional information on Form 806 please visit the FPPC website and read the Form 806 Instructions and Frequently Asked Questions.

The Form 806 will be amended when: 1) the number of scheduled meetings has changed; 2) there is a change in the compensation paid to the members; or 3) when the City Council makes a new appointment.

City of Pacific Grove Agency Report of Public Official Appointments, Form 806


The Fair Policital Practices Commission requires each agency to post a list of Section 87505 filers that are forwarded to the FPPC.  



Questions may be directed to:

City Clerk's Office
300 Forest Ave
Pacific Grove, CA, 93950
Phone: (831) 648-3181 Fax: (831) 657-9361