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Frequently asked questions about Canyon Lake City Council

The Canyon Lake City Council is the elected body of city government that consists of a five-member, non-partisan board, elected at large from the citizens of Canyon Lake. Council members are responsible for formulating the policies for the city and approving the major actions through which the municipal functions are conducted.

Who are Canyon Lake’s current City Council members?
Mayor Jordan Ehrenkranz, Mayor Pro Tem Kasey Castillo, Councilman Larry Greene, Councilman Jeremy Smith, and Councilman Randy Bonner. The four-year terms of Ehrenkranz, Greene, and Bonner end in November 2020. The four-year terms of Castillo and Smith end in 2022.

How long is the City Council’s term of office?
Council members serve four-year terms. There is no limit as to how many terms a member can serve. The terms of office are staggered, with two seats filled at one election and the other two seats filled at another election two years later.

How much are City Council members paid?
Council members are paid a stipend of $300 per month and an auto allowance of $100 per month. The auto allowance is considered neither compensation nor allowance. It is consideration for the value of council members having their own private vehicles for public use. In May 2019, City Council approved to eliminate the $40 per month personal cell phone reimbursement and $60 per month home Internet service reimbursement.

How are Canyon Lake’s mayor and mayor pro tem selected?
The mayor and mayor pro tem are appointed by the City Council among its members. This is done annually. The mayor is the presiding officer at City Council meetings, with the mayor pro tem filling that role in the mayor’s absence. Both the mayor and mayor pro tem have the same voting power as any other City Council member.

When does the City Council meet?
The Council meets on the first Wednesday of every month. Closed Session meetings start at 5:30 p.m. Open Session meetings start at 6:30 p.m. Questions regarding City Council meetings may be directed to City Clerk Ana Sauseda at 951-244-8547.

Can anyone attend a City Council meeting?
Council meetings are public meetings and anyone may attend. Closed Session meetings that deal with personnel and some legal matters are not open to the public. Due to the coronavirus pandemic, Open Session meetings are held virtually. Meetings are streamed live at www.cityofcanyonlake.org/live.

How do I comment during a City Council Meeting?
In a further effort to allow for social distancing, members of the public may comment electronically by sending an email with their comment to [email protected]om. The city clerk will read these public comment submissions into the record during the “Public Comments” portion of the agenda.

How can I see what’s on the agenda for any given meeting?
Agendas are available on the city’s website at www.cityofcanyonlake.org. Agendas are typically posted by 5 p.m. on the Thursday before the meeting.

How do I contact a member of the City Council?
Council members may be contacted by email at [email protected], [email protected], [email protected], [email protected], and [email protected]

What is the role of the city manager?
The city manager is a paid employee and not a member of the City Council. The city manager oversees the functions of human resources and risk management, economic development, communications, preparation of the Annual Operating Budget, all contract administration, state and federal grant processing, and agenda processing and review for the City Council.

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