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By Allison Jarrell

After voting in October to finalize the creation of a city nonprofit, the City Council continues to look for applications from residents interested in serving on the City Foundation’s board.

In a statement released on Jan. 10, the city announced that the deadline for applications would be extended to 4:30 p.m. on Friday, Jan. 13. Applications must be delivered to the City Clerk’s office at City Hall, located at 32400 Paseo Adelanto.

Last February, the Parks, Recreation, Senior and Youth Services Commission made a recommendation to the City Council to create a city nonprofit public benefit corporation. Commissioners sought to increase city fundraising opportunities and provide another way for residents and businesses to contribute monetarily to city projects or programs.

The Council voted in July to approve the recommendation, and in October, city staff filed Articles of Incorporation with the Secretary of State. The San Juan Capistrano City Foundation was officially created on Oct. 14.

On Dec. 6, the Council voted to approve a set of draft bylaws, which were modeled after the city of Fountain Valley’s Community Foundation bylaws. The bylaws do differ in some ways—the San Juan Capistrano City Foundation will not be allowed to borrow money or incur debt.

The nonprofit 501(c)(3) public benefit corporation aims to, “aid, sponsor, promote, advance and assist in the provision, development and maintenance of public parks, recreation, and community services in the city of San Juan Capistrano; aid, sponsor, promote and advance the programs and services provided by the city; engage in any other activities in furtherance of the purposes for which the Foundation is formed; and receive, invest and utilize funds, property and in-kind materials or services acquired through the solicitation of contributions, donations, grants, gifts, bequests and the like for the purposes for which the Foundation is formed.”

The mayor’s subcommittee, which consists of Mayor Kerry Ferguson and Mayor Pro Tem Sergio Farias, is responsible for reviewing the applications, conducting interviews and making appointment recommendations to the rest of the Council.

The subcommittee will recommend at least seven residents to serve on the board. Appointed members will serve a term from April 1, 2017, through March 31, 2019.

Farias and Ferguson will present their recommendations at the Council’s Jan. 17 meeting, which begins at 5 p.m. at City Hall.

For more information on applying for the City Foundation, call the City Clerk’s office at 949.493.1171. To view the application, visit

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