In order to comply with the "Stay-At-Home" order issued by Governor Gavin Newsom, Palm Desert City Hall is closed for in-person business until further notice. However, there is a small crew working on essential services (e.g. City Council Meeting Notices and Agendas, and providing assistance to our sister departments) while maintaining social distancing and hygiene protocols. Mail is being brought in to City Hall daily, sorted, and distributed to or held for departments for follow-up; in some cases, it may receive action when more staff returns to City Hall. Please consult the webpages of the other City Hall Departments, the Meeting Calendar or Council Meeting Information Center pages for additional information in this regard.
Public Records Requests
To the extent possible, if there are requests for records maintained by the City Clerk's Office, on-site staff will endeavor to respond within the 10-day Public Records Act timeframe for doing so. Requests requiring the assistance of other departments will be put into the queue for response as staff returns to City Hall and resumes normal operations.
Political Reform Act / Fair Political Practices Commission Filings
UPDATE -- As of March 26, 2020, the Fair Political Practices Commission is allowing a 60-day extension until June 1, 2020, for those required to file a 2019 annual Statement of Economic Interests (Form 700). Filers are encouraged to file as soon as possible, however.
There is no extension of deadline for filing of statements and reports required by the Political Reform Act. Filers may provide their Forms 700 - Statements of Economic Interest that are due Wednesday, April 1, 2020 (for calendar 2019), by first class mail to: City Clerk's Office, City of Palm Desert, 73510 Fred Waring Drive, Palm Desert, CA 92260; or by e-mail to: firstname.lastname@example.org.
All Other Questions may be submitted by leaving a voicemail at 760-346-0611 or by e-mail at email@example.com.
City Clerk staff is committed to providing essential services to the City Council and Executive Staff, ensuring continuity of government during this emergency shut-down period.
The City Clerk's Office is here to protect the integrity of the democratic process. It serves members of the public, City Council, City staff, representatives of related local, state, and national agencies by providing accurate and current information on City Council and administrative actions. To carry out its duties, the City Clerk's Office is required to conform with statutes such as the Ralph M. Brown Act (Open Meetings), California Public Records Act, and the Political Reform Act of 1974 (Conflicts of Interest).
Palm Desert is served by a City Clerk who is appointed by the City Manager. The City Clerk's Office is responsible for coordinating and preparing City Council Agendas and Minutes and for maintaining official City records. Municipal Elections are conducted by the City Clerk's Office. Palm Desert's City Clerk also serves as Secretary to the Successor Agency to the Redevelopment Agency, Oversight Board to the Successor Agency, the Housing and Financing Authorities. The City Clerk's Office coordinates all appointments by the City Council to City legislative and advisory bodies.
Virtually any request for City information or assistance begins with contact to the City Clerk's office.