Open Government Commission


The Commission's role is to advise the City Council on appropriate ways in which to implement the Sunshine Ordinance. The Commission shall develop goals to ensure practical and timely implementation of the ordinance and propose amendments to the ordinance.

Each Councilmember selects one member to serve a term concurrent and linked with the service of the appointing Councilmember.

Members First Appointment  Term Expires Appointed By
 Vacant    12/15/2026 Mayor Ezzy Ashcraft 
Serena Chen  01/05/2021 12/17/2024  Councilmember Vella 
Chris Miley  01/17/2023 12/15/2026  Councilmember Jensen 
Brenden Sullivan   03/21/2023 12/17/2024 Councilmember Herrera Spencer
Ruben Tilos  01/02/2019 12/15/2026 Vice Mayor Daysog

Meetings are held the first Monday of the month as needed at 7:00 p.m.

Commission Bylaws are available here(PDF, 176KB).

Click here to view all City meeting agendas, minutes, and videos.  Select Open Government Commission in the Search: drop down in the middle of the page under All Meetings as shown here:



The Sunshine Ordinance is codified in the Alameda Municipal Code and serves as the City's "public policy concerning participation in the deliberations of the City's legislative bodies and to clarify and supplement the Ralph M. Brown Act and the California Public Records Act." 

If you have encountered problems regarding compliance with the Ordinance, the Public Records Act or the Ralph M. Brown (Public Meetings) Act, you can file a Sunshine Ordinance complaint online here.  A printable form is available here(PDF, 154KB).  A complaint must be filed no more than 15 days after an alleged violation of the Sunshine Ordinance.  If you have questions or need assistance with filing a complaint, please contact the City Clerk’s office at 510-747-4800 or   The City attempts to resolve complaints informally where possible, through the affected departments and the City Attorney’s office.  Matters which cannot be resolved or that involve substantial policy considerations will be set for hearing no later than 30 business days after the complaint is filed.

Pursuant to Alameda Municipal Code Section 2-93.2.c., Commission decisions on complaints brought pursuant to the Sunshine Ordinance are as follows:

Hearing Date(s) Complaint Type   Commission Decision
10/14/2015 Record Unfounded(PDF, 71KB)
11/14 & 12/17/2018   Meeting Upheld(PDF, 333KB)
2/4/2019 Meeting Upheld(PDF, 2MB)
7/23 & 12/18/2019 Record Upheld(PDF, 359KB)
3/1/2021 Meeting Unfounded(PDF, 12MB)
4/5/2021 Record Sustained(PDF, 196KB)
4/5/2021 Meeting Unfounded(PDF, 4MB)
11/1/2021 Meeting Denied(PDF, 216KB)
11/1/2021 Record Unfounded(PDF, 212KB)
12/6/2021 Record  Dismissed & Sustained(PDF, 253KB)
 5/2 & 5/18/2022 Record  Dismissed & Sustained(PDF, 377KB) 
 12/19/2022 Meeting  No Violation, Time Barred & Sustained(PDF, 276KB) 
 7/11/2023 Meeting Denied(PDF, 541KB) 
 8/7/2023 Record Denied(PDF, 162KB) 
 11/6/2023 Meeting and Record  Unfounded(PDF, 128KB) 
 11/6/2023 Meeting and Record  Dismissed(PDF, 118KB) 
 1/29/2024  Meeting No violation(PDF, 146KB) 
 1/29/2024  Meeting and Record Unfounded(PDF, 143KB)

To forward information to Commissioners, please email or contact: 

Lara Weisiger, City Clerk