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The City Council is composed of five members, a Mayor and four Council Members, elected at large by the citizens of Atascadero. The Mayor serves a two-year term, and Council Members serve four-year overlapping terms. The Mayor presides over the meetings and performs other ceremonial duties. As the policy-making legislative body, the City Council is responsible for the enactment of all programs, policies and services of the City.

The City Council acts upon all legislative matters concerning the City, approving and adopting all ordinances, resolutions, contracts and other matters requiring overall policy decisions and leadership. The Council appoints the City Manager, City Attorney and various other commissions, boards and citizen advisory committees, all of which ensure broad-based input into the affairs of the City.

In 1998, the Council initiated a unique strategic planning effort to annually determine important issues and set overall goals for the City; these strategic planning sessions continue to be held near the beginning of each year. Each City department also prepares a strategic plan to interface with the priorities established by Council. The City's annual operating budget becomes the guide and the means for implementing those strategies.

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 statements of economic interests filed by the City's elected officials 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 6500 Palma Ave, Atascadero, CA 93422. 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 http://www.fppc.ca.gov .

Category: City Council

Tom O'Malley

Term: 2014-2016

6500 Palma Ave
Atascadero, CA 93422

Phone: (805) 470-3390
Fax: (805) 470-3391
Mr. O’Malley retired from San Luis Obispo County government after serving as the Administrator for the Department of Mental Health. Now, he and his wife operate Portola Inn which provides lodging and venues for special events. After serving on the City’s Planning Commission, O’Malley was first elected to the City Council in 2002. His goal was to build consensus in what was then a divided community and to focus on community wide interests. O’Malley served as Mayor in 2006 and again in 2011. He helped develop the City’s Public Trust program and continues to work for open and efficient government. Mayor O’Malley is a strong advocate for Economic Development, Downtown revitalization and capital improvements throughout the City.

Mayor Pro Tem
Heather Moreno

Term: 2014-2018

6500 Palma Ave
Atascadero, CA 93422

Phone: (805) 470-3400
Fax: (805) 461-0606
Heather was appointed to the Atascadero City Council by majority vote in December, 2012 to fill out the remaining term of Council Member Tom O’Malley.
Council Member Moreno is a graduate of California State University, Fullerton where she received her BA degree in Accounting and is a Certified Public Accountant. As a CPA, she was employed by KPMG, one of the “Big Four” international accounting firms, until she decided strike out on her own.
Ms. Moreno is currently the Controller for Paranetics Technology, Inc. an Arizona-based company that manufactures cargo parachutes for the U.S. military. She is also the President of PeopleFit USA, a health and fitness consulting firm that she founded and operates from her home in Atascadero. Heather is also the author of the book, “Achieving Physical Wealth: 8 Simple Steps for Breaking the Rules of Staying Fit.”
Council Member Moreno moved to Atascadero in 2004 and has since been a community leader on behalf of Atascadero homeowners and businesses. In 2008 she was appointed to the Planning Commission on behalf of then Council Member Tom O’Malley, serving as Chairperson in 2010. Subsequently, she has been pursuing her Master’s Degree and continues to enjoy life in Atascadero with her husband Mike.

Council Member
Roberta Fonzi

Term: 2012-2016

6500 Palma Ave
Atascadero, CA 93422

Phone: (805) 610-1419
Fax: (805) 461-0606
With a background in business, finance and education, Roberta has a keen interest in promoting local business and accountability in government. Fonzi was elected to the Council in 2008 and served as Mayor in 2010. She is passionate about involving the public in the governmental process, and has been a strong promoter of creating a business-friendly climate with improved job opportunities for local residents.

Council Member
Bob Kelley

Term: 2012-2016

6500 Palma Ave
Atascadero, CA 93422

Phone: (805) 674-5585
Fax: (805) 461-0606
With a background in law enforcement, real estate and extensive building experience Bob brings a unique expertise to the City to improve the “business friendly” atmosphere and insure that the City’s financial practices are efficient and appropriate. He represents the City on the countywide homeless taskforce and serves on the El Camino Homeless Organization’s Board. Mr. Kelley joined the Council in 2008 and has served as Mayor Pro Tem and the Vice Chairman of the Redevelopment Agency. He served on the City’s Planning Commission from 2000 to 2006.

Council Member
Brian Sturtevant

Term: 2014-2018

6500 Palma Ave
Atascadero, CA 93422

Phone: (805) 461-1334
Fax: (805) 461-0606
Brian works for PG&E at Diablo Canyon Power Plant, and serves his community as a volunteer. Being a "business friendly" city is very important to him, both for new and existing businesses. He is interested in seeing the Council, community, and staff, work as a team...create a "We" mentality. He joined the Council in 2010, after serving on the Planning Commission from 2008 to 2010.

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City Council Norms and Procedures
Category: City Council
The City’s Strategic Planning Process involves a lengthy process beginning with community input, then working its way through Council direction, department review and ending with public meetings involving the City Council and community. An outcome of the process is the development of Strategic Initiatives. The current strategic initiatives established for Fiscal Year 2013-2014 and continued into 2015 are:
1.Develop the Atascadero Lake, Park, Zoo, and Veterans Memorial
    as thecommunity’s event center
2.Strengthen the City Council’s communication with the public
3.Work towards common sense regulation and reform
4.Promote environmental stewardship
5.Pursue economic development opportunities
6.Maintain public safety as a community priority.
Category: City Council

City of Atascadero

Council Meeting Schedule and Information

The City Council meets in regular session on the second and fourth Tuesday of each month at 6:00 p.m. Council meetings will be held at the City Hall Council Chambers, 6500 Palma Ave, Atascadero. Matters are considered by the Council in the order of the printed Agenda.
Copies of the staff reports or other documentation relating to each item of business referred to on the Agenda are on file in the office of the City Clerk and are available for public inspection during City Hall business hours at the Front Counter of City Hall, 6500 Palma Ave, Atascadero, and on our website, www.atascadero.org.  Contracts, Resolutions and Ordinances will be allocated a number once they are approved by the City Council. The minutes of this meeting will reflect these numbers. All documents submitted by the public during Council meetings that are either read into the record or referred to in their statement will be noted in the minutes and available for review in the City Clerk's office. Council meetings are video taped and audio recorded, and may be reviewed by the public. Copies of meeting recordings are available for a fee. Contact the City Clerk for more information (470-3400).
In compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act, if you need special assistance to participate in a City meeting or other services offered by this City, please contact the City Manager’s Office or the City Clerk’s Office, both at (805) 470-3400. Notification at least 48 hours prior to the meeting or time when services are needed will assist the City staff in assuring that reasonable arrangements can be made to provide accessibility to the meeting or service.
Under Agenda item, “COMMUNITY FORUM”, the Mayor will call for anyone from the audience having business with the Council to approach the lectern and be recognized.
  1. Give your name for the record (not required)
  2. State the nature of your business.
  3. All comments are limited to 3 minutes.
  4. All comments should be made to the Mayor and Council.
  5. No person shall be permitted to make slanderous, profane or negative personal remarks concerning any other individual, absent or present
This is the time items not on the Agenda may be brought to the Council’s attention. A maximum of 30 minutes will be allowed for Community Forum (unless changed by the Council).
TO SPEAK ON AGENDA ITEMS (from Title 2, Chapter 1 of the Atascadero Municipal Code)
Members of the audience may speak on any item on the agenda. The Mayor will identify the subject, staff will give their report, and the Council will ask questions of staff. The Mayor will announce when the public comment period is open and will request anyone interested to address the Council regarding the matter being considered to step up to the lectern. If you wish to speak for, against or comment in any way:
  1. You must approach the lectern and be recognized by the Mayor
  2. Give your name (not required)
  3. Make your statement
  4. All comments should be made to the Mayor and Council
  5. No person shall be permitted to make slanderous, profane or negative personal remarks concerning any other individual, absent or present
  6. All comments limited to 3 minutes
If you wish to use a computer presentation to support your comments, you must notify the City Clerk's office at least 24 hours prior to the meeting. Digital presentations brought to the meeting on a USB drive or CD is preferred. Access to hook up your laptop to the City's projector can also be provided. You are required to submit to the City Clerk a printed copy of your presentation for the record. Please check in with the City Clerk before the meeting begins to announce your presence and turn in the printed copy.
The Mayor will announce when the public comment period is closed, and thereafter, no further public comments will be heard by the Council.
Category: City Council

City Council Members

Historical Listing



June 1979 – 1984

Bob Wilkins (3 + 2)

June 1979 – 1982

George Highland (3)

June 1979 – 1984

Bill Stover (3 + 2)

June 1979 – 1990

Marge Mackey (3 + 4 + 4)

June 1979 – 1986

Rolfe Nelson (3 + 4)

June 1982 – March 26, 1987

George Molina (2 + 3) (resigned)

April 15, 1987 – June 28, 1988

Charles Bourbeau (1)  (appointed by Council)

June 1984 – June 1988

Barbara Norris (4)

June 1984 – 1988

Wayne “Bear” Handshy (4)

June 1986 to June 1994

Bonita Borgeson (4 + 4)

June 1988 – 1992

Robert Lilley (4)

June 1988 – 1992

Rollin Dexter (4)

June 1988 – 1992

Alden Shiers (4)

June 26, 1990 – June 1994

Robert P. Nimmo (4)

June 1992 – November 2008

George Luna (4 + 4 + 4 + 4)

June 1992 – June 1996

R. David Bewley (4)

June 1992 – August 31, 1993

Marty Kudlac (1)  (resigned)

June 1994 – November 2002

Ray Johnson (4 + 4)

June 1994 – November 1996

George Highland (1994 special election)

June 1994 – November 1998

Harold L. Carden, III (4)

November 1996 – September 1999

Ken Lerno (3) (resigned)

November 1996 – December 2012

Jerry Clay, Sr. (4 + 4 + 4 + 4)

November 1998 – November 2002

J. Michael Arrambide(4)

October 1999 – November 2004

Wendy Scalise (1 + 4) (appointed by Council)

November 2002 -  November 2016

Tom O’Malley (4 + 4 + 4) Elected Mayor 2012 (2+2)

November 2002 – November 2006

Becky Pacas (4)

November 2006 – November 2008

Mike Brennler (2)

November 2006 – November 2010

Ellen Béraud (4)

November 2008 – November 2016

Roberta Fonzi (4 + 4)

November 2008 – November 2016

Bob Kelley (4 + 4)

November 2010 – November 2018

Brian Sturtevant (4+4)

December 2012 – November 2018

Heather Moreno (2+4) (appointed by Council)


Category: City Council


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