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Manhattan Beach Boards and Commissions Need You (Now)

Apr 10, 2024 08:50PM ● By Jeanne Fratello

Could one of these seats be yours?

Do you want to get more involved in local government? It's time to apply for Manhattan Beach boards and commissions - like, today. Beach Cities Health District committee positions are available too.

Why serve on a board or commission? It's a good way to have your voice be heard; and it's a well-known stepping stone to elected office, if that's on your list of aspirations. 

Manhattan Beach Boards and Commissions

Manhattan Beach boards and commissions have several openings. The catch is that the deadline is 5:00 p.m. on Thursday, April 11, so if you're interested, you have to move now. 

Boards and commissions are officially appointed and empowered to carry out certain jobs or make recommendations to City Council relating to their specific jurisdictions. (The name "board" or "commission" has the same weight. According to the city, it appears to be merely Manhattan Beach tradition whether a body was established as a board or commission.)

Boards and commissions have a permanent nature, as opposed to a committee, which may be established for some specific and perhaps temporary purpose. Board members and commissioners are volunteer positions and serve without compensation but may be reimbursed for their (pre-approved) costs and expenses incurred in connection with the performance of their duties. 

To be considered for one of these seats, you must be a resident of Manhattan Beach and a registered voter. (Student representatives do not need to be registered to vote.) Visit to submit an application and to learn more about each board and commission.

Terms are for three years with a two-term limit, with the exception of student representatives and the Los Angeles County West Vector Control Board Trustee nominee.  For a full description of each board or commission, see our previous story here. Open positions include:

Cultural Arts Commission
1 Member-At-Large
1 Student Representative

Library Commission
1 Member-At-Large
1 Student Representative

Parks and Recreation Commission
1 Member-At-Large
1 Older Adult
1 Student Representative

Parking & Public Improvements Commission  
2 Members-At-Large

Planning Commission
2 Members-At-Large

LA County West Vector Control Board
1 Member-At-Large

Interviews will take place on April 23, at a time and location to be determined. The City Council will consider all applications and appoint members to the commissions at the May 7 City Council Meeting.

For more information, read the Boards & Commissions Handbook or call the City Clerk’s Office at (310) 802-5056. 

Applications can be accessed here.

Beach Cities Health District Committees

The Beach Cities Health District is seeking qualified residents and youth representatives to serve on its advisory committees. Committee members must reside in Hermosa Beach, Manhattan Beach or Redondo Beach. Meetings are generally held quarterly and scheduled for evenings.  
The following committees are seeking candidates:

Community Health Committee
Responsible for assessing community health and wellness concerns, monitoring the availability
of community health resources, and recommending programs, service areas and business
ventures to promote high-quality standards of health in the Beach Cities.

Strategic Planning Committee
Assists the board in formulating and fulfilling BCHD’s strategic vision, mission and goals on an
annual basis. Additionally, the committee is responsible for overseeing the development of
BCHD’s strategic plan, which is updated every three years.

Finance Committee
Responsible for budget oversight, audit review, setting investment policies and business plan
development. Members are expected to have demonstrated experience in finance, business or

Properties Committee Community Advisors
Assists the Board in fulfilling its responsibility for managing District properties. The Committee
Advisors are responsible for policy advice to the Board on property assets; acquisition,
development, leasing and disposition of District properties; lease negotiation oversight; and,
capital development plans.

Residents and youth representatives who wish to be considered must complete an application by visiting All applications are due by noon on Monday, May 6. Selected candidates will be contacted for interviews and appointments will be announced in June. All terms begin July 1, 2024. Terms are two years for adult members and one year for youth representatives.

For questions about the positions or application process, contact Charlie Velasquez at [email protected] or call (310) 374-3426, Ext. 8213.

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