City Council

The residents of Huntington Beach are represented by a seven member, part-time City Council. The City Council establishes policies and priorities for the provision of effective and efficient municipal services. The City Council is the city’s legislative authority and sets the policies under which the city operates. The City Council’s duties include establishing goals and policies, enacting legislation, adopting the city’s operating budget, and appropriating the funds necessary to provide service to the city’s residents, businesses, and visitors. Check out the City Council meeting presentations.

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Huntington Beach’s mayor is selected annually from among the City Council Members and is charged with running the City Council meetings and representing the city throughout the community and region.

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Council Member

Office Name Term Ends
Mayor Lyn Semeta 2020
Mayor Pro Tem Jill Hardy 2020
Council Member Patrick Brenden 2020
Council Member Kim Carr 2022
Council Member Barbara Delgleize 2022
Council Member Erik Peterson 2022
Council Member Mike Posey 2022

View a list of previous City Mayors

City Council Meetings

The City Council meets the first and third Monday of each month. Unless otherwise announced, the meetings are held in the City Council Chambers at 2000 Main Street and typically begin at 4 P.M. with a study session or closed session meeting. The televised portion of the City Council meeting starts at approximately 6 P.M. and can be viewed on cable television on channel 3.

Council meetings are webcast live and also archived on the city's website.

The Public Comments portion of the meeting is at the beginning of the meeting. During Public Comments anyone may address the City Council on any issue for a maximum of three minutes.

The City Council meetings are rebroadcast on the city’s cable television station (cable channel 3) Tuesday at 10am and Wednesday at 7pm.

City Council Office

The City Council’s office is located on the fourth floor of City Hall at 2000 Main Street, Huntington Beach, CA 92648. The City Council’s Administrative Assistant can be reached at 714-536-5553, the fax number is 714-536-5233.

City Council Salary and Compensation

Section 302 of the City Charter sets a stipend of $175 a month for each Council Member it also states that "each member of the City Council shall receive reimbursement on order of the City Council for Council authorized traveling and other expenses when on official duty upon submission of itemized expense account therefore.  In addition, members shall receive such reasonable reimbursement to them of other routine and ordinary expenses, losses and costs imposed upon them by virtue of their serving as City Council Members." 

Based on this provision Municipal Code 2.28 was adopted in 1989.  It sets an additional monthly allowance of $698 per month for each Council Member and $936 for the Mayor to be adjusted annually by the consumer price index for all urban consumers, all items, 1982-84 equals 100, published by the United States Department of Labor, Bureau of Labor Statistics, for the Los Angeles/Anaheim/Riverside Metropolitan Area (CPI).  Further, such expense allowance need not be accounted for by the recipient. 

Since that time, the City Council has waived the annual CPI increase on several occasions, and when approving the 2009/10 budget, they voted to reduce this allowance by 10 percent.  At the present time each Council Member receives approximately $1219 a month or $562.62 bi-weekly.  The Mayor receives approximately $1709.54 a month or $789.02 bi-weekly.

Statements of Economic Interests

The City Council Members are elected officers identified in Government Code Section 87200 and file statements of economic interests with the City Clerk's office. Copies of the statements of economic interests filed by the above elected officers may be obtained by visiting the offices of the Fair Political Practices Commission (FPPC) or the City Clerk. The physical address of the FPPC is 428 J Street, Suite 620, Sacramento, California 95814. The physical address of the City Clerk's office is City Hall, 2nd Floor, 2000 Main Street, Huntington Beach, California 92648. The statements of economic interests for some state and local government agency elected officers may be available in electronic format on the FPPC's website at

City Councilmembers serve on various Boards and Commissions for the City. They also serve on outside agency boards or commissions. The list below shows the different city boards as well as the outside agencies that councilmembers may serve on.

Huntington Beach City Council Manual

2020 Council Liaison List

Form 806 Agency Report of Public Official Appointments 2020

Council & Executive Salaries and Benefits

Contacting the City Council

Huntington Beach’s City Council Members are part-time elected officials. While they are frequently in the office, if you are interested in meeting with a Council Member, please call the City Council office at 714-536-5553 to schedule an appointment.

You can write to the City Council at 2000 Main Street, Huntington Beach, CA 92648.

You can also send an email to all seven City Council Members.

Did you know?

Huntington Beach has 75 parks and these parks have 754 acres!  You can find information about the City parks by viewing our City Parks Locator.

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