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No, the City Attorney cannot provide legal advice to private citizens. The following organizations may be helpful to citizens seeking legal assistance:
• Bay Area Legal Aid Legal Advice Hotline: 800-551-5554
• Contra Costa County Bar Association Lawyer Referral Service: (925) 686-6900
The Contra Costa County Superior Court Small Claims Division handles small claims actions. Fur further information, please contact the Court Clerk’s Office at: (925) 608-1000.
In most cases, crimes must be reported to the police department or other law enforcement agency that has jurisdiction over the city or county where the crime occurred. If the crime occurred in San Pablo, it should be reported to the San Pablo Police Department: https://www.sanpabloca.gov/1501/Citizens-Online-Reporting
The PRA request form can be downloaded here: https://www.sanpabloca.gov/DocumentCenter/View/13286/PUBLIC-RECORDS-REQUEST-Editable-Form-2017
Follow the instructions on page 2 of the form regarding how to submit your Public Records Act (PRA) request. For questions, please call (510) 215-3000.
These are just a few of the ways in which economic development helps communities:
•§ Increased Tax Base...the additional revenue provided by economic development supports, maintains, and improves local infrastructure, such as roads, parks, libraries, and emergency medical services.•§ Job Development...economic development provides better wages, benefits, and opportunities for advancement.•§ Business Retention...businesses feel appreciated by the community and, in turn, are more likely to stay in town, contributing to the economy.•§ Economic Diversification...a diversified economic base helps expand the local economy and reduces a community's vulnerability to a single business sector.•§ Self-sufficiency...a stronger economic base means public services are less dependent on intergovernmental influences and alliances, which can change with each election.•§ Productive Use of Property...property used for its "highest and best use" maximizes the value of that property.•§ Quality of Life...more local tax dollars and jobs raise the economic tide for the entire community, including the overall standard of living of the residents.•§ Recognition of Local Products...successful economic development often occurs when locally produced goods are consumed in the local market to a greater degree.
Economic developers are also instrumental in helping to leverage finances from both the public and private sectors--funding that is critical to help communities attract new businesses, facilitate enterprise development, and assist existing business with expansion and troubleshooting.
City Hall is located at 13831 San Pablo Avenue. The Personnel Office is located in Building 1. General employment questions can be referred to (510) 215-3000. TO APPLY FOR ANY CITY JOB: Go to www.governmentjobs.com and follow the online application system. Paper applications will not be accepted. Applications must be received via GovernmentJobs by 5:00 PM on the date listed on the job announcement. Applications not received by the posted date and time will not be considered.
Public records, City Council resolutions and ordinances, and other information can be requested by submitting the Records and Information Request Form to the City Clerk's Office. Historical information that is not available from the City Clerk's Office can be obtain from the Civic City Historical Society.
San Pablo Creekside Property Owner's Guidebook
Click on the link and insert the address: San Pablo City Limit Line
Current employment opportunities with the City of San Pablo are listed on the Assistant City Manager/Personnel Administrator webpage. General employment questions can be referred to (510) 215-3000. TO APPLY FOR ANY CITY JOB: Go to www.governmentjobs.com and follow the online application system. Applications must be received via GovernmentJobs by 5:00 PM on the date listed on the job announcement. Applications not received by the posted date and time will not be considered. Paper applications will not be accepted.
PAPER APPLICATIONS WILL NO LONGER BE ACCEPTED. Please go to www.governmentjobs.com and follow the online application system. Applications must be received via GovernmentJobs by 5 PM on the date listed on the job announcement. Applications not received by the posted date and time will not be considered. Detailed city job announcements are also available in the Personnel Office (Bldg. 1) lobby.
The Planning Division maintains a map that shows zoning for every parcel in the City. The zoning map can be viewed in the Planning Division lobby, or anyone can call (510) 215-3030 to speak with a planner regarding specific zoning, setback, and related questions. Typical minimum setbacks in single family neighborhoods are 20 feet for front setbacks, 15 feet for rear setbacks, and side setbacks may vary from 3-6 feet.
Zoning is the establishment of various districts that include all the territory within the boundaries of the city, within which the use of land and buildings, the space for buildings, and the height and bulk of buildings are regulated. See zoning map to view districts.
One "accessory building" is permitted on each parcel (note: a detached garage does not count as an accessory building). Minimum side and rear setbacks of 3 feet are required, and it is required to separate the accessory building from the primary building by at least 6 feet. If the accessory building is less than 120 square feet, no building permit is required. A building permit and Design Review is required for an accessory building of 120 square feet or larger. The height limit of an accessory building is 12 feet.
A parcel is the legal term for an individual property. The legal deginifion is: a parcel is a section of land that has frontage on an improved public or private street. Refer to the “Universal Terms” section under Title 17.68 of the Municipal Code for a more detailed definition for this and other terms.
A six-foot tall fence is allowed on property lines at the rear and sides of most residential properties. A fence up to three (3) feet is allowed within the front yard area. A six-foot fence may be constructed in the side and rear yard area. Refer to Section 17.45.040 of the Municipal Code for more information.
The Hayward Fault Zone is shown on an available map in the Planning Division. Many real estate offices also have maps of the fault zones. Check with the Planning Division at 215-3030 for specific determination of fault zone limits.
While these situations are often difficult to resolve, it is to the property owner's advantage to make past construction legal. It is important to determine what permits were previously issued, if any, and what construction has been inspected and properly completed. Some of the questions that will need answers include: Was a permit issued by the City? Were the permits finalized? Was any of the construction inspected but not finalized? If such information can be clarified by the Building Department or Tax Assessors’ records, the Planning Division staff will be able to provide a property owner with options for obtaining the proper permits and inspections. In these cases, it is not unusual for properties to have to demolish or reconfigure illegal work, or to obtain both Planning Division and Building Department approvals and permits for work that was done illegally. This question also applies to Residential Health and Safety inspections that discover illegal construction during a sale transaction
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