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The City Council has established a number of commissions and committees to review City programs, projects, and community issues. Members of the community are appointed to serve on these boards to provide greater community participation and public input in the determination of City policies.

Any citizen interested in volunteering to serve on one of these advisory bodies is invited to complete a Commissioner Application Form and submit it to the Office of the City Clerk.

Download a Commissioner Application Form here.
Download a Commission & Committee Guide here.

Select the commission/committee below for meeting times and a detailed description.

All meetings are held in the Council Chamber, 6650 Beach Boulevard, Buena Park.

 


BEAUTIFICATION-ENVIRONMENTAL COMMISSION

 

The Beautification-Environmental Commission shall consist of seven members who are either residents of the City, employed or engaged in business within the City, having an interest in the coordination of all beautification and environmental activities within the City.

Mission Statement: Our mission is to beautify our City, promote environmental practices and educate our citizens as to our goals. We want to encourage drought tolerant landscaping, anti-littering practices and encourage recycling whenever possible. Our goal is to make our City both beautiful and clean, a wonderful place to live for all its citizens. The environment is important to us and we want it to be important to all Buena Park Residents. 

Commission Members

Utanah Brown

Rubie Lopez

Nancy Tello-Vanegas

Cheryll Miller

Suchitra Rao

Tina Rollins

Jose Castaneda

Staff Liaison - Doug Brodowski

Public Works Department - 714-562-3670

The Commission prepares an agenda prior to each Commission meeting. The agenda contains a brief description of each item to be considered. Agendas are available at the Commission secretary's office at City Hall 72 hours before each meeting.  

 

     
09/23/2021
 Agenda  
 08/26/2021 Agenda
Draft Minutes
 07/22/2021  Agenda  Draft Minutes
 07/01/2021  Agenda
Draft Minutes
06/24/2021
Notice of Cancellation
 
 05/27/2021  Agenda  Minutes
 04/22/2021  Agenda Minutes
 03/25/2021 Agenda
 Minutes
 02/25/2021  Agenda  Minutes
 01/28/2021 Agenda
Minutes

 

Meetings
Regular meetings are held monthly on the 4th Thursday of the month at 6:00 p.m. Other meetings may be scheduled as needed.

General Purpose and Duties

1. To promote civic beautification and environmental awareness, and to educate the citizenry as to the need for community beautification and environmental awareness.

2. To study and investigate means by which the City can conserve and enhance its natural environmental and formulate policies for recommendation to the City Council for that purpose.

3. To advise the City Council on public relations matters related to beautification of private property and publicly-owned property.

4. To review and make recommendations concerning landscaping and beautification of City-owned property.

5. To consider, study, and investigate such matters as may be referred to it by the City Council and make such recommendations as may be requested by the City Council.

Terms of Office

Members are appointed by Council Members within their district with concurrence of the City Council for a term of three years.

Organization
Chairman and Vice-Chairman shall be selected in January of each year by a majority of the commissioners and shall serve for one year or until their successors are elected.

 

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COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT CITIZENS ADVISORY COMMITTEE

The Community Development Citizens Advisory Committee shall consist of seven members who are residents of the City and represent the various demographic characteristics of the areas to be served by the Community Development Block Grant program as required by Federal HUD regulations.

Committee Members
Eddie Cowan
Sharon Desai
Alexandria Bernabe
Mirvette Judeh
Huong Nguyen
VACANT
Paul Rodriguez

Staff Liaison - Aaron France
Economic Development Division - 714-562-3554

 Meeting Date Agenda Minutes
 02/18/2021  Agenda  Draft Minutes
 01/27/2021  Agenda Minutes

 

Meetings
Meetings are held as needed. Because the processing of Community Block Grant funds must be done in a timely manner each year, meetings will be periodic, but all members are expected to cooperate by attending all meetings. It will be the policy of the committee that any member who is absent from more than two consecutive meetings will be terminated.

General Purpose and Duties

1. Assist in ongoing planning, programming, and budgeting of Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) funds.

2. Assist in adopting community development programs, evaluating process on approved and/or completed community development projects and responding to new issues by preparing recommendations to the City Council.

3. The committee is advisory in nature and has no authority to expend funds.

Terms of Office
Members shall be appointed by the Council Member within their district with concurrence of the City Council for a term of three years.

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CULTURAL AND FINE ARTS COMMISSION

The Cultural and Fine Arts Commission shall consist of seven members, a majority of whom shall be residents of the City, having an interest in the artistic and cultural environment of the City.

Commission Members

Joyce Ahn
Benjamin Gonzalez
Silvia Hurtado
Devin Berman
Juanita Martinez
Lauren Shead
Sharena Walker

Staff Liaison -Jim Box

Community Services Department - 714-562-3850

 Meeting Date Agenda Minutes
 10/20/2021  Agenda  
 09/15/2021 Agenda
Draft Minutes
 08/18/2021 Notice of Cancellation
 
 07/14/2021 Notice of Cancellation
 
 06/16/2021 Agenda
Minutes
 05/19/2021 Agenda
 Minutes
 04/21/2021 Agenda
Minutes
 03/17/2021 Notice of Cancellation
 
 02/17/2021 Agenda
Minutes
 01/20/2021 Agenda
 Minutes

Meetings
Meetings are held on the 3rd Wednesday of each month at 7:00 p.m.

General Purpose and Duties

1. Promote, encourage, and endorse cultural activities in the City, such as but not limited to, art festivals, summer band concerts, bus caravans for cultural trips and programs, lecture/artist series, children's art shows, civic theater, children's theater, and concerts.

2. Establish a cultural identity for the City in a cultural environment suitable for its citizens.

3. Coordinate various arts and cultural activities within the City with a view toward property calendaring and scheduling of such events and making such events known to the public.

4. One member shall be appointed to attend the Orange County Arts Alliance meetings and report to the commission.

Terms of Office
Members shall be appointed by the Council Member within their district with concurrence of the City Council for a term of three years.

Organization
Chairman and Vice-Chairman shall be selected in June of each year by a majority of the commissioners and shall serve for one year or until their successors are elected.

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HUMAN RELATIONS COMMITTEE

Committee Members

  1. VACANT
  2. Marilia Balas
  3. Monique Davis
  4. Casey Choi
  5. Carlos Franco
  6. Elizabeth Gonzalez
  7. VACANT

City Staff Contact: Eddie Fenton, Assistant City Manager (714) 562-3513

 Meeting Date

 Agenda  Agenda Packet
 Minutes
 10/06/2021  Agenda  Agenda Packet
 
09/01/2021
Agenda
Agenda Packet
 
 06/02/2021 Agenda
Agenda Packet
 
05/05/2021
Agenda
Agenda Packet

 Draft Minutes

 04/07/2021  Agenda  Agenda Packet
 Draft Minutes
 03/03/2021  Agenda  Agenda Packet

Draft  Minutes

 02/03/2021  Agenda  Agenda Packet
 Draft Minutes
 01/06/2021  Agenda
 Agenda Packet
 Draft Minutes

 

Meetings
Meetings are held on the 1st Wednesday of each month at 4:00 p.m.

Purpose:  1. To celebrate our rich cultural diversity within the Buena Park community through education and cultural programs;

2. Develop inclusive cultural programs to encourage community interaction and   relationship building;

3. Promote city-wide core values: excellence, communication, teamwork                commitment, respect, and integrity;

4. Receive and hear specific complaints and problems of discrimination, keep track of this data, and refer this information to the appropriate agency (including the OC Human Relations Council) for conflict resolution;

5. Prepare reports of Committee events and activities to be delivered to City Council and appropriate City commissions.

Terms of Office: Members of the committee shall be appointed for terms of three years, and their successors shall likewise be appointed for terms of three years.  If a vacancy shall occur other than by expiration of a member's term, it shall be filled by appointment for the unexpired portion of that term. The terms of members of the committee shall expire on June 6th of the year in which such term expires.

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NAVIGATION ADVISORY COMMITTEE

The Navigation Advisory Committee shall consist of eight members who are residents of the City, employed or engaged in business within the City, having and interest in the coordination of the Navigation Center.

Committee Members

  1. Irene Castaneda
  2. Ed Choi
  3. Joseph Crumpler
  4. Sheena Innocente
  5. Lisa Jessup
  6. Sandy Jih
  7. Carol McCann
  8. Barry Ross

Mercy House Representatives

  1. James Brooks
  2. Patti Long
  3. Timothy Huynh
  4. Yolanda Viramontes
  5. Janiss Diaz

Buena Park Staff

  1. Jim Box, Director of Community Services/Staff Liaison
  2. Aaron France, Interim City Manager
  3. Sylvia Gonzales, Senior Administrative Assistant

 Meeting Date

Agenda

 Minutes

 10/20/2021  Agenda  
 07/21/2021  Agenda  Draft Minutes
 04/21/2021 Agenda
Minutes
 01/20/2021 Agenda
 Minutes

 

The purpose of the Navigation Steering Committee is to actively engage with stakeholder organizations, local businesses, residents and center participants to ensure the success and safe operations of the Buena Park Navigation Center.

The City of Buena Park is committed to improving the quality of life in Buena Park as follows:

•             Advise City Council & staff in Identifying Short & Long Term Strategies to Decrease Homelessness and successfully operate the Buena Park Navigation Center.

•             Review the Navigation Center “MOPS” and work with the Homeless Services Provider to ensure the successful operation of the center.

•             Collaborate and Educate within Our Communities and Act as a Voice for the Public and Center Participants.

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PARK AND RECREATION COMMISSION

The Park and Recreation Commission shall consist of seven members who are residents of the City, having an interest in the development of park facilities and recreation activities and programs within the City.

Commission Members

Gail Kato
Michael Weinstock
John Siebert
Brian Beger                                                                                                                                                 Lamiya Hoque
Yikwon Kim
Greg Deterding

Staff Liaison - Jim Box
Community Services Department - 714-562-3850

 Meeting Date Agenda Minutes
 09/16/2021 Agenda
Draft Minutes
 08/19/2021 Notice of Cancellation
 
 07/15/2021 Agenda
 Minutes
 06/26/2021  Agenda Minutes
 06/17/2021 Agenda
Minutes
 05/20/2021  Agenda Minutes
 04/15/2021 Agenda
Minutes
 03/18/2021 Agenda
Minutes
02/18/2021
Agenda
 Minutes
 01/21/2021  Agenda  Minutes

 

Meetings
Regular meetings are held on the 3rd Thursday of each month at 7 p.m.

General Purpose and Duties

1. Act in an advisory capacity to the City Council in all matters pertaining to parks and recreational programming and to cooperate with other governmental agencies and civic groups in the advancement of sound park and recreation planning.

2. To coordinate the park and recreation activities of the City and provide for establishment of sound recreational programs.

3. To recommend a program of park and playground acquisition, development, and maintenance.

4. Formulate policies on recreation services and recommend same to the City Council; make periodic inventories of recreation services that exist or may be needed and interpret needs of the public to the City Council.

5. Study present and future needs of the City with respect to recreation and park facilties and events and make recommendations to City Council.

Terms of Office
Members shall be appointed by the Council Member within their district with concurrence of the City Council for a term of three years.

Organization
Chairman and Vice-Chairman shall be selected in January of each year by a majority of the commissioners and shall serve for one year or until their successors are elected.

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PLANNING COMMISSION

The Planning Commission shall consist of seven members who are residents of the City having an interest in the development of the City.

Commission Members

Sam Lee
Brandon Sheibe
Mark Eades
John Cangey
Pradip Desai
Deborah Diep
Jim Schoales

Staff Liaison 
Community Development Department - 714-562-3611

Meeting Date Agenda Agenda Packet Minutes
 10/13/2021  Notice of Cancellation
   
 09/22/2021 Notice of Cancellation
   
 09/08/2021

Study Session Agenda

Agenda

 Agenda Packet
 Draft SS Minutes
 08/25/2021 Notice of Cancellation
   Minutes
08/11/2021 Notice of Cancellation
   Minutes
 07/28/2021  Agenda
Agenda Packet
Minutes
 07/14/2021  Notice of Cancellation
  Minutes
 06/23/2021 Notice of Cancellation
   Minutes
 06/09/2021  Notice of Cancellation
  Minutes
 05/26/2021 Agenda  Agenda Packet
Minutes
 05/12/2021 Notice of Cancellation
   Minutes
 04/28/2021 Agenda
 Agenda Packet
 Minutes
 04/14/2021 Notice of Cancellation
  Minutes
 04/08/2021 Agenda
   
 03/24/2021  Agenda  Agenda Packet
Minutes
 03/10/2021 Notice of Cancellation
   Minutes
 02/24/2021  Agenda  Agenda Packet
Minutes
 02/24/2021 Special Meeting Agenda
   Minutes
 02/10/2021  Notice of Cancellation
   Minutes
 01/27/2021  Notice of Cancellation
   Minutes
 01/13/2021 Notice of Adjournment
   Minutes

 

Meetings
Meetings are held on the 2nd and 4th Wednesdays of each month at 7 p.m., or as otherwise adopted by the Planning Commission.

General Purpose and Duties

1. Consider and provide policy on planning matters.

2. Develop and formulate the General Plan with the help of staff for the orderly development of the City.

3. Initiate zone changes, amendments to the General Plan and the Zoning Ordinance. 

4. Recommend to City Council amendments of the Zoning Ordinance, zone changes, amendments to the General Plan, and other such matters as may be referred  by the City Council.

5. Approve or deny variance, conditional use permits, site plans, tentative parcel maps, tentative tract maps, and conditions, covenants, and restrictions (CC&R's).

6. Conduct necessary research in conjunction with submitted plans.

7. Perform such tasks as shall be necessary to carry out provisions of the City Code and State Planning laws.

Terms of Office
Members shall be appointed by the Council Member within their district with concurrence of the City Council for a term of three years.

Organization
Chairman and Vice-Chairman are selected at the first meeting in January of each year and serve for one year.

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SENIOR CITIZENS COMMISSION
The Senior Citizens Commission shall consist of seven members who are residents of the City, preferably age 55 or older, having an interest in the needs and activities of the senior citizens within the community.

 

Commission Members

Linda Foust
Maura Ferguson
Manuel Libeta
Jennifer Park
Wanda Reynolds
Patricia Shields
Joanne Dalcin

Staff Liaison
Community Services Department - 714-562-3850

 Meeting Date Agenda Minutes
 09/23/2021 Agenda
Draft Minutes
 08/26/2021  Notice of Cancellation
 
 07/22/2021  Agenda  Minutes
 06/24/2021 Agenda
Minutes
 05/27/2021 Agenda
Minutes
 04/22/2021 Agenda
Minutes
 03/25/2021 Agenda
 Minutes
 02/25/2021  Agenda Minutes
 01/28/2021 Agenda
Minutes

 

Meetings
Meetings are held on the 4th Thursday of each month at 8:30 a.m.

General Purpose and Duties

1. Advise City Council as to the needs of senior citizens and projects and activities within the community, which would benefit the senior population.

2. The commission shall act on those matters which are referred to it by the City Council for action, advice, or recommendations to the City Council. 

3. Recommend the disbursement of funds raised by the Senior Fund Raising Committee for specific use within the Senior Center.

Terms of Office
Members shall be appointed by the Council Member within their district with concurrence of the City Council for a term of three years.

Organization
Chairman and Vice-Chairman shall be selected in January of each year by a majority of the commissioners and shall serve for one year or until their successors are elected.

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TRAFFIC AND TRANSPORTATION COMMISSION The Traffic and Transportation Commission shall consist of five members who are residents of the City, having an interest in matters relating to transportation and traffic, and having good working knowledge through either employment or personal interest in local and regional transportation and traffic concepts and issues.

 

Commission Members

  1. Commissioner Robert Mote ~ District 5
  2. Chair (Madam-Chair) Kathleen Anderson ~ District 1
  3. Commissioner Bruce Johnson, District 1, Representing District 2
  4. Vice Chair Tom Woodward ~ District 3
  5. Commissioner Felix Lopez ~ District 4
  6. Vacancy~ (at large)
  7. Commissioner Erik Bombela ~ District 5 (at large)

Staff Liaison
Public Works Department - 714-562-3670

Special Notice: Please click here to open the agenda report for the proposed new two-way stops on Country Club Drive.

 Meeting Date Agenda Agenda Packet
Minutes
 09/02/2021  Agenda Agenda Packet
 
 05/06/2021 Agenda
  Minutes
 02/04/2021 Notice of Cancellation
   

 

Meetings
Meetings are held quarterly on the first Thursday of February, May, August and November at 6:30 p.m.

General Purpose and Duties

1. To act in an advisory capacity to the City Council in the review and development of systems, facilities, plans, policies and programs concerning rail, bus, truck and automobile transportation within the City and/or affecting the City.

2.  To assist all agencies in providing input into the planning and implementation process of transportation systems within the City and/or affecting the City.

3. To receive complaints having to do with traffic matters and to recommend solutions.

4. To recommend ways and means for improving traffic conditions and the administration and enforcement of traffic laws, codes, and regulations.

Terms of Office
Members shall be appointed by the Council Member within their district with concurrence if the City Council for a term of three years.

Organization
Chairman and Vice-Chairman shall be selected in January of each year by a majority of the commissioners and shall serve for one year.

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