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California Coastal Commission Meeting Participation GuideCoastal Commission Meeting Schedule
Commission meetings usually start at 9:00 am. The Commission takes “general public comment” in the morning and sometimes in the afternoon. Carefully analyze the agenda for items that interest you.
When you arrive, locate Coastal Commission tables outside of the hearing room. If you want to testify, obtain a ‘speaker slip’ from CCC staff; fill out slip and then take it inside the hearing room and give slip to CCC Staff.
- When inside the hearing room, please whisper and be quiet.
- Turn off cell phones.
- When coming into hearing room, shut the door quietly.
- You can hold up signs, but be mindful of people sitting behind you.
- Avoid making noises.
- Please avoid clapping after each speaker, even if you support what they are saying – it will help the meeting moves more quickly.
Speaking Before the Commission
- When speaking, say your name, your hometown, who you are, and any ocean related activities you enjoy (e.g. a parent/grandparent, recreational diver, surfer, etc).
- Have a polite and positive tone–the Commission will be more receptive to your message.
- Use a personal story or connection. Public speeches are always more effective if you speak from your heart.
- Use very concise words–pick 2-3 points you want to articulate.
- If you are part of a larger group, you will want to appoint one person that can speak for your whole group.
- You will be limited to 2 minutes (sometimes less) to speak; so be prepared to speak for a short amount of time.
- To arrange longer group presentations, contact the Coastal Commission chair. These are sometimes granted on a limited basis.