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How to contact Arcata’s City Councilmembers & Planning Commissioners — and how you can speak at a meeting

Write a letter to our local newspapers / journals. Click here.
View the Calendar for the City Council, Planning Commission,
and all City Committees, plus agendas and past videos.  Click here.

How to:  Click or press on the blue links 

  1. Contact all the Councilmembers or Planning Commissioners
  2. Attend a live meeting of the City Council or Planning Commission, or watch and speak by Zoom or phone
  3. Contact individual Councilmembers or individual Commissioners
  4. Useful contacts at the City of Arcata
  5. Write a letter to the local media
  6. Other useful links on

Do you have a viewpoint that you’d like them to hear?  It’s easy.

To send a message to all five City Councilmembers:

[email protected]; [email protected]; [email protected]; [email protected]; [email protected]

To send a message to the Planning Commissioners:

[email protected]; [email protected]; [email protected]; [email protected]; [email protected]; [email protected]; [email protected]

If clicking on the links does not open up your e-mail for a new message, you may have to copy-and-paste the addresses into your e-mail program.

The letters can be addressed to:

Honorable Mayor Schaefer, Vice-Mayor Matthews, Councilmembers Atkins-Salazar, Stillman, and White

Chair Davies, Vice-Chair Tangney, Commissioners Mayer, Simmons, Lehman, Yodowitz, and Strickland

(Note: Future Mayor/Chair elections may change the titles. If you see something that is incorrect, please contact this website.)


How to attend a City Council or Planning Commission meeting — Live or via Zoom or Phone

The City of Arcata’s Meeting Calendar is on their website here.  The City Council and Planning Commission meetings are held in the Council Chambers at City Hall: 736 F Street — 7th & F, across the street from the Safeway / Uniontown Shopping Center, in Arcata.

Regular City Council meetings take place the 1st and 3rd Wednesday of every month at 6 p.m. Regular meetings of the Planning Commission take place the 2nd and 4th Tuesday of each month at 6 p.m.
“Special Meetings” and Study Sessions can take place at other hours or other days.  The Planning Commission is having “special meetings” in April-May-June, 2023.

You can watch an Arcata meeting at the City’s YouTube “Live” channel here — but you would not be able to speak.

From the Meeting Calendar page, you can click on the Agenda for that meeting, and there will be information about how to link up to a meeting by Zoom or by phone.

If you want to comment during the public comment portion of any item, click on
“raise your hand” on the right-hand side of your Zoom screen.

If you are accessing the meeting via phone and want to comment during the public comment portion of any item, press star (*) 9 on your phone. This will raise your hand.

When it is time for public comment on the item on which you wish to speak, the Clerk will unmute your phone. You will hear a prompt that will indicate your phone is unmuted. You will have 3 minutes to comment (2 minutes for Early Oral Communications), subject to the Mayor’s discretion.


The City Council

Here are the e-mail addresses and phone numbers for our City Councilmembers.
These are the phone numbers on the City of Arcata’s website. 
Which form of contact is better for them — phone, text, or e-mail? You’ll have to ask them.

Clicking on their name will take you to the City of Arcata’s webpage for that person.
Clicking on the e-mail address will start an e-mail to that person.

Sarah Schaefer Mayor [email protected]
Meredith Matthews Vice-Mayor [email protected]
Stacy Atkins-Salazar   [email protected]
Alexandra Stillman   [email protected]
Kimberley White   [email protected]

(When a new Mayor is voted in, the City may change these links. Please contact [email protected] if the link does not work properly.)


The Planning Commission

Note:  To reach all the members of the Planning Commission, you must send your e-mail to all of their individual addresses. Sending a message to “The Planning Commission” or to “The Community Development Department” or to Community Development Director David Loya — this will not reach the Planning Commissioners.

Scott Davies Chair [email protected]
Dan Tangney Vice-Chair [email protected]
Judith Mayer   [email protected]
Matt Simmons   [email protected]
Peter Lehman   [email protected]
Joel Yodowitz   [email protected]
Abagail Strickland   [email protected]


Other useful contacts at the City of Arcata

Karen Diemer Arcata City Manager [email protected]
David Loya Community Development Director [email protected]
Arcata Police Department Emergency:  Call  911
  Office:  707-822-2428
Brian Ahearn Police Chief Phone: 707-822-2428
Tabatha Miller Finance Director [email protected]
Danette Demello Assistant City Manager [email protected]



Write a letter to the local media

  • Mad River Union. Deadline:  Noon Friday
  • Northcoast Journal. Deadline: 10 a.m. Monday.
  • Times-Standard
  • Lost Coast Outpost
  • Red-Headed Blackbelt

NOTE: To avoid spam, there are spaces in the emails listed below. You need to remove those spaces before e-mailing.

Mad River Union
Mad River Union readers’ page on
Deadline for letters: Must be received in their final form by noon Friday.
Letters to the Editor, opinion columns:  opinion @
Tips for writing letters on their website here.

Northcoast Journal
Submit letters to the Editor by 10 a.m. Monday.
Letters to the Editor: letters @
Tips for writing letters on their website here (scroll down)

Letters to the Editor: letters @
Tips for writing letters on their website here.

Lost Coast Outpost
Comments can be left on any article. Using the Search box or the Search button at the upper right of the page.
Type in “gateway” to see the Gateway articles.
Contact Stephanie McGeary at stephanie @  or through  news @

Red-Headed Blackbelt
Contact:  redheadedblackbelt @
Comments can be left on any article.
Contact:  letters @


Useful links

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If there are other people or links that you feel should be listed here, please contact:  [email protected]  — Thank you.

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