Want to help preserve San Gabriel’s history? Become a commissioner

If you’re curious about how you can help preserve San Gabriel’s history, becoming a commissioner could be an option for you. Under the city’s municipal code, commissions advise the City Council, staff and city departments on key areas of city governance.

With the recent adoption of the historic preservation ordinance, the city is looking to fill a five-member commission that will advise the City Council and Planning Commission on all matters relating to the identification, protection, retention, preservation and registration of cultural resources in the city. Members of the commission are appointed by the City Council.

Here are some qualifications:

  • Commissioners should have a demonstrated interest, experience or knowledge of the cultural heritage, history and/or architecture of the city
  • At least two members of the commission should be professionals in the disciplines of anthropology, archaeology, architecture, history, historic preservation, landscape architecture, urban planning, land economics, real estate or a related discipline
  • San Gabriel residency is not required but will be given preference
  • Commissioners will serve a maximum of two, two-year terms for a total of four years
  • The commission will meet on a to-be-determined, monthly or quarterly basis depending on need
  • Members of the commission will serve without compensation
  • The commission will also compile and maintain the San Gabriel Register of Cultural Resources for public use. This register will include historic landmarks, historic districts and their contributing features, archaeological resources, paleontological resources and Native American resources

History is a very important part of San Gabriel, so if you’d like to get involved, fill out this form online. You may also print out this form and submit it to the City Clerk’s department.