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Boards & Commissions List


The Affordable Housing Commission has a central role in assisting and advising the Mayor, Council, and Housing Department on the crucial issue of the city’s housing availability and affordability including for homeless housing. The commission holds Public Hearings on the City’s affordable housing needs and makes recommendations on how to meet them. It also plays a central role in helping to develop public-private partnerships to expand housing and encouraging nonprofit housing development.

The Commission normally meets in the morning on the third Wednesday of every month.



The Central & South LA Aging Disability Resource Connection (ADRC) No Wrong Door Service serves as a single point of entry into the long-term services and supports (LTSS) system for older adults, people with disabilities, caregivers, veterans, and families. This purpose is achieved by building community partnerships, providing services using a person-centered approach, and reducing the number of barriers for accessing services.

The Advisory Committee meets quarterly and provides input to the department’s programs and policies.



Los Angeles World Airports is a proprietary (self-supporting) department of the City of L.A., with nearly 4,000 employees and an operating budget of more than $1.2 billion.  The seven-member Commission governs, sets policy, and has budget approval for an enormously complex operation that includes both LAX and the Van Nuys Airport.   As the governing body for the airports serving one of the world’s most populous regions, the commission is responsible for setting policy for a complex network of airport divisions, including, among others,  facilities planning, business development and jobs, Airport Police and security, emergency management, and environmental programs and sustainability. 

The Airport Commission meets twice a month, with additional meetings for the committees of the Commission.



The Department of Animal Services is the animal welfare and animal-related law enforcement agency for the City of Los Angeles.  The law enforcement aspect is mandated by state law, while the animal welfare function reflects the City’s long-time commitment to promoting adoptions and the humane treatment of all animals in the city.

The Board of Animal Services Commissioners serves as the head of the Department of Animal Services and is authorized to supervise, control, regulate, and manage the Department, and make and enforce all rules and regulations.  The Board exercises its authority by providing direction as a Board to the General Manager. The Board also must review and approve contracts with a duration exceeding one year and a value greater than $20,000.  Accordingly, the Board is primarily concerned with making policy decisions while the General Manager manages the day-to-day operations.

The Board meets twice monthly (currently on Tuesday mornings), including one evening meeting per quarter.



The five member Area Planning Commissions (APCs) represent seven regions of the City: North Valley, South Valley, West Los Angeles, Central, East Los Angeles, South Los Angeles, and Harbor. Each APC hears and decides on a variety of cases from its assigned geographic area, ranging from certain smaller-scale projects to appeals.  Among the kinds of cases heard by APCs are Tract Map Appeals, Conditional Use Permits, Zoning Administrator Determinations, Zone Changes, Subdivisions, Site Plan Review, Coastal Development Permits and Project Permit Compliance, with tract maps and certain other permits further appealable to the City Council. All APCs meet in the late afternoon in their areas on an as-necessary basis.

Central: Second and fourth Tuesday of each month.

East Los Angeles:  Second and fourth Wednesday of each month.

Harbor: First and third Tuesday of each month.

North Valley: First and third Thursday of each month.

South Los Angeles: First and third Tuesday of each month.

South Valley: Second and fourth Thursday of each month.

West Los Angeles: First and third Wednesday of each month.



The Board has the power to make and/or approve slight modifications in individual cases in carrying out the provisions of the building ordinances of the City. 

Each Commissioner is appointed for a term of five years. The Board meets weekly, currently on Tuesday mornings.



The Cannabis Regulation Commission holds public hearings related to the issuance of licenses to engage in commercial cannabis activity.  Working with the staff of the Department of Cannabis Regulation, the Commission may recommend to the City Council amendments to the City's Rules and Regulations regarding the cultivation and sale of cannabis products in Los Angeles. 

The Commission meets twice monthly, currently on Thursday afternoons.



The five members of the Board of Commissioners is responsible for advising the Mayor and City Council on tourism, marketing the City, and Convention Center business and operations.  It also directs the Executive Director and oversees contracts with the Convention Center’s private operator and the convention and visitor's bureau.  It also advises on matters related to developing a strategic plan for tourism and hotel development and provides recommendations on Convention Center rates.

The Commission currently meets twice a month on Wednesday mornings.



The Commission on Civil and Human Rights is tasked to investigate complaints of discrimination and enforce against violators through fines and corrective action. The Commission works in close partnership with the Civil and Human Rights and Equity Department to hold businesses and individuals accountable for discriminatory practices that deny equal treatment to any individual in private employment, housing, education, or commerce.

The Commission currently meets monthly on the second Thursday afternoon of each month. 



The five Members of the Board of Civil Service Commissioners serve five year terms. 

The Board makes and enforces, through the Personnel Department, the Civil Service Rules and Personnel Department Policies as well as ensuring that the civil service system is operating in accordance with the Los Angeles City Charter and laws of the State of California.

The Board’s areas of authority include establishment of City job classifications for all positions of employment, promulgation of civil service rules, review of background disqualifications for Police and Firefighter candidates and civilian employees, and ruling on appeals of tenured City employees from suspensions of six days or more.

The Board currently meets in the morning on the second and fourth Thursdays each month.



The nineteen-member Climate Emergency Mobilization Commission (CEMC) advises the Mayor and City Council in the creation of equitable climate policies. The Commission, as appointed according to various categories of qualifications by the Mayor (17) and City Council (2), includes equitable representation from frontline communities across Los Angeles, youth, labor, Indigenous leadership, and climate/health experts. The CEMC advises on innovative governance strategies to ensure communities and equitable solutions are meaningfully reflected in the City's climate policies.

Meetings are held in the afternoon on the third Tuesday of each month.



This 15-member commission was formed in 2021 as an adjunct to the newly-formed Department of Community and Family Services.  It advises the City of Los Angeles’ leadership on issues of poverty, the needs of families, children, and youth with a goal of building stronger and more resilient communities. 

The Commission provides guidance on how the Community Investment for Families Department (CIFD) implements the Community Development Block Grant Program and other funding initiatives; ensures the community provides input to housing development plans; facilitates an efficient social services delivery system in coordination with government, nonprofit agencies and other stakeholders that help communities out of poverty; and administers policy r recommendations.

Currently the Commission’s regular meetings are held quarterly in the morning on the first Monday of the second month.



This advisory committee is made up of community representatives from each Council District and a Mayor’s representative.  The community representatives are nominated by City Council members and appointed by the Mayor. Non-voting City representatives include the City Forest Officer and staff from StreetsLA, Urban Forestry Division, City Plants, Recreation and Parks, Department of Water and Power, Los Angeles Sanitation and Environment, Planning, Department of Building and Safety, Bureau of Engineering, and any departments whose work impacts trees. 

The committee’s mission is to help the City achieve a healthy, safe, and enduring community forest ecosystem for both wildlife and the enjoyment and well-being of all Angelenos.  Duties of the committee include: Advise City Council on tree policies, practices and challenges; develop policies to expand and improve Los Angeles's urban forest and enhance biodiversity; advise City Departments on procedures regarding preservation, tree care and tree planting; promote equitable distribution of the benefits and services provided by the urban forest; help community members work with the City on tree issues; advocate for tree-related funding for Departments; review and comment on specific projects in the City; and advocate for urban forestry and biodiversity as key city priorities that address public health and the climate crisis.

The Committee meets monthly on the first Thursday in the afternoon.



The seven-member Cultural Affairs Commission is a Mayorally-appointed advisory board responsible for the review and approval of all architecture and artwork on, or over, City property. The Commission assists the City with final and conceptual approvals to achieve great civic design and public art.

The Commission’s regular meetings are held monthly on the second Wednesday in the afternoon.



The five-member Cultural Heritage Commission oversees the designation and protection of local landmarks. Aided by City Planning Department staff who investigate proposed landmarks and present findings and recommendations, the Commission holds hearings and decides on historic-cultural landmark designations.  The decisions can be appealed to the City Council.

The Commission’s regular meetings are held in the morning on the first and third Thursday of each month.



The Department on Disability’s work touches a wide range of public and private sector people and institutions. The Commission advises the Department in its work by proposing, developing and recommending implementation of policies, programs, services, and activities to improve the quality of life for persons with disabilities; recommending measures to ensure full implementation of the City's federally mandated ADA Transition Plan, which is designed to guide the Ciy into full ADA compliance; and by providing ADA Compliance training for City Departments and private entities.   

The Commission meets the second Wednesday afternoon of each month.


The five-member Board of Disabled Access Appeals Commission hears appeals brought on by the Department of Building and Safety and the general public regarding access to public accommodations by persons with physical disabilities.  

The Board meets every Thursday morning.



The nine-member Commission provides oversight to and advises the management and staff of the El Pueblo de Los Angeles Historical Monument.  El Pueblo includes historic Olvera Street, and it currently attracts over two million visitors a year. 

The Commission meets in the afternoon on the second and fourth Thursday of each month.



The five-member Employee Relations Board administers the City's Employee Relations Ordinance (the "ERO"). Its responsibilities include determining employee representation units and arranging for elections for them, determining the validity of claims of unfair practices filed against management and employee organizations, acting on requests for mediation, fact finding and arbitration to resolve bargaining impasses and grievances and assisting employees to obtain access to their personnel files. According to the state labor code, Members of the Board “…shall have broad experience in the field of employee relations and shall possess the impartiality necessary to protect the public interest including the interests of the City and its employees."

The Board meets monthly in the morning on the fourth Monday of each month.



The five-member Board of Commissioners, with one member appointed by the Mayor, was established by the voters to increase public trust in City elections and government.  The Commission has a budget of approximately $4.4M and is responsible for administering all City and state laws governing campaign finance, contracts, developers and lobbying. The commission is also responsible for adjudicating all alleged violations as well as making policy recommendations. 

Commissioners are prohibited from engaging in any campaigns or working for a city official or a lobbying firm during their term in office.

The Commission formally meets six times per year, with additional meetings scheduled on an as-needed basis, totaling one or more meetings per month.



The Fire Department provides rescue and emergency medical services; controls and extinguishes dangerous fires; protects life and property from fire risks by inspecting buildings for fire hazards and enforcing fire prevention laws; carries on a fire prevention educational program; and investigates suspected cases of arson. The Fire Department has a budget of more than $782M and 3,900 employees. The five-member Commission supervises, regulates, and provides direction to the Department through the Fire Chief. 

The Commission meets in the morning on the first and third Tuesday of each month.



The nine-member Board of Fire and Police Pension Commissioners administers the Los Angeles Fire and Police Pension System in accordance with the City Charter, City Administrative Code and State Constitution and helps ensure the fiduciary and ethical responsibilities of the Board and staff are met. Five members are appointed by the Mayor and four are elected by the Board’s members.

Meetings are held in the morning on the first and third Thursdays of each month.



The Port of Los Angeles has been the busiest port in the United States for the past two decades.  The five-member Commission oversees and manages the Port, including approving the Port’s $1.88 billion annual budget.  As part of the Commissions responsibilities, it oversees extensive interrelated functions including operations, community and public safety and environmental and sustainability issues. 

The Commission meets in the morning on the second and fourth Thursday, with the Board’s four standing committees meeting at various times as necessary.



HACLA is the City of LA’s primary direct provider of affordable housing. It administers and manages the distribution federal Section 8 rental subsidy vouchers serving 43,700 families (with an enormous waiting list), owns and manages 6,300 income restricted public housing units, 2,640 additional units in 99 apartment buildings that are a mix of income restricted and market rate, as well as 230,000 sq ft of commercial office space.

The HACLA Commission has jurisdiction over the department’s policies, programs staffing, budget and the hiring of the President/CEO.  Although the Commission has final legislative review for all Housing Authority matters, the City Council can assume the role of the Commission under certain circumstances. There are seven members appointed by the mayor, five serving four-year terms and two who must be residents of public housing serving two-year terms.

The Commission’s regular meetings are held in the morning on the fourth Thursday of each month.



The fifteen-member House LA Oversight Committee was created by the 2022 House LA Citizen Initiative projected to allocate $600-$900 million per year for affordable housing and homelessness prevention.  There are thirteen voting members and two youth advisory members, all appointed by the Mayor.  The initiative specifies the qualifications and background for each of the 15 seats which can be viewed here.

The Committee works to ensure that funds from the House LA Fund are implemented consistently with the language and intent of the initiative. The Committee monitors and audits the Fund, advises the Mayor, Department of Housing, and the City Council through developing formal recommended priorities, which must be accepted or amended by the City Council or they become law. The Committee also advises on appropriations, expenditures, administration, and implementation and conducts a homelessness, housing needs and affordability and tenant protection needs assessment.

The Committee has not yet established a meeting schedule.



The eleven-member Human Relations Commission, a mayor-appointed advisory board, promotes intergroup peacebuilding, equity, and human rights in the City of Los Angeles by transforming community engagement and dialogue into sustainable programs and policy. It was established in 1966, following the Watts Civil Unrest and policy recommendations outlined in the McCone Commission’s report to create pathways for communication of local community concerns to city leadership. The HRC’s work has evolved over the years, exploring numerous intergroup engagement and peacebuilding models such as town halls, convening meetings, and facilitated dialogues.

The Commission is part of the Civil + Human Rights and Equity Department and currently meets at noon every other month on the fourth Wednesday.



The Industrial Development Authority (IDA) is administered by the Economic and Workforce Development Department of the City of Los Angeles and an appointed seven-member Board of Directors.  Board members include a real estate expert, a bond financing expert and an account, at a minimum.  The IDA is authorized under the California Industrial Development Financing Act to serve as a conduit for state funds into the City’s private activity tax-exempt bond program, used to finance manufacturing operations. Certificates of Participation issued by the IDA can be used for acquisition, development, and refinancing to acquire property and equipment. All IDA bond issuances require the approval of the IDA Board, the Mayor and City Council as well as the Office of the State Treasurer.

The Board meets in the morning on the second Thursday of each month.



The fifteen-member Innovation and Performance Commission is dedicated to improving the responsiveness, efficiency, and quality of City services.  Six members are appointed by the Mayor and nine by the City Council. The Commission makes recommendations on the use of the $1 million annual Innovation Fund and sponsors awards that recognize innovation within the City. The Commission provides the Mayor and the City Council with private and public sector expertise in innovation, technology, and performance management.  It promotes innovation in the delivery of city services thorough allocation of the Innovation Fund, which seeds pilot projects generated by City employees’ ideas that will improve the way City departments deliver services, drive cost savings, or generate new revenue streams

The Commission also holds an annual summit conference, reviews and monitors City performance management programs, and develops a multi-year Citywide comprehensive performance plan.

The Commission meets in the morning on the second Monday of each month.



The five-member Board of Library Commissioners is the legal head of the Library Department. The Board has the power to make and enforce all necessary and desirable rules and regulations. The City Charter gives the Library control of its own funds and the Board oversees the staff’s creation and administration of its annual budget.  The Board is also responsible for the design, construction and maintenance of library buildings, creating necessary staff positions, and authorizing the hiring of personnel and setting their duties.

The Board meets in the morning on the second and fourth Thursday of each month.



The LACERS Board sets general policy and adopts rules and regulations necessary to operate LACERS and administer the 20+ billion-dollar pension fund. Among other duties, the seven-member Board directs investment strategy and policy for the Fund’s assets, determines the health insurance carriers and health subsidy levels for retired employees, and approves Members’ retirement applications, including applications for disability retirements. Four Board members are appointed by the Mayor and three are elected by pension fund Members.

The Board meets in the morning on the 2nd & 4th Tuesdays of every month.



The Los Angeles Homeless Services Authority (LAHSA) is a joint powers authority (JPA) between the City and County of LA.  It coordinates housing placement and services for homeless families and individuals through-out the County. Through 100 nonprofit partner agencies a continuum of programs is provided, including outreach, access centers, emergency shelters, safe havens, transitional and permanent housing, and homelessness prevention, along with the necessary supportive services.  LAHSA coordinates, programs and distributes $800 million annually in federal, state, county, and city funds for programs that provide shelter, housing, and services to people experiencing homelessness. 

LAHSA commissioners provide overall governance including budgetary, funding, planning and program policies. There are ten commissioners, five appointed by the County Board of Supervisors and five by the Mayor of LA with City Council approval. 

The Commission regularly meets every 4th Friday of the month at 9:00 am (except November and December, when it meets on the 3rd Friday).



The MTA/LA METRO serves all LA County, including the City of LA. It is governed by a 13-member Board of Directors composed of the five County Supervisors, the Mayor of Los Angeles, three Los Angeles Mayor’s appointees and four city council members representing the other 87 cities in Los Angeles County. 

The Board of Directors oversees the LA County public transportation system including all regional bus and rail operations, planning and construction of a countywide rail system, development of effective transportation policies for Los Angeles County, and the implementation of the 2028 Strategic Plan. 

LA METRO is currently dealing with the need to substantially improve safety and the user experience on local public transportation.  It is also implementing the strategic plan to increase ridership, manage capacity and achieve the goal of public transit availability within a 10-minute walk from any location and achieve wait times of no more than 15 minutes.

The LA METRO Board meets in the morning on the fourth Thursday of each month.  Members also serve on Board committees which have their own schedules.



The MWD is the largest supplier of treated potable water in the United States. It is a cooperative of fourteen cities, eleven municipal water districts, and one county water authority, that provides water to 19 million people in a 5,200-square-mile service area.

MWD owns and operates an enormous range of facilities including the Colorado River Aqueduct, three major reservoirs, six smaller reservoirs, 830 miles of large-scale pipes, about 400 connections to member agencies, 16 hydroelectric facilities and five water treatment plants.  It also imports water supplies from northern California via the 444-mile California Aqueduct. It is governed by a 38-member Board, with five members appointed by the Mayor of LA, that is responsible for establishing and administering policies and its $2 billion annual budget. 

The Board meets at noon on the second Tuesday of each month.



The primary purpose of the fifteen-member Commission is to increase the acquisition and application of funding resources to the socioeconomic problems of American Indians in Los Angeles City and County without duplication of any service or activity provided by any other County office or department. The Mayor appoints five members, the County Board of Supervisors appoints five members and the Native American community elects five members through procedures supervised by the Commission.

The Commission meets in the afternoon of the third Tuesday of each month.



The seven-member Commission sets policies focused on making Neighborhood Councils diverse, inclusive, and representative of all community stakeholders. The Commission encourages Neighborhood Councils to function as a catalyst for change in addressing the needs of their communities and striving to improve the quality of life for everyone.

The Board currently meets in the evening on the first Tuesday and in the afternoon of the third Monday of each month.



The mission of the City Planning Department is to create and implement plans, policies and programs that realize a vision of Los Angeles as a collection of healthy and sustainable neighborhoods.  The nine-member City Planning Commission has three roles:  It advises the Mayor and Council on City planning issues, legislation and proposed ordinances, procedures, and land use determinations;  supervises the Director of Planning and approves the General Plan; holds public hearings and rules on appeals of subdivisions, tract maps, conditional use permits, specific plan exceptions, zone changes, development agreements, community plans, General Plan elements, and project permits. 

The commission meets in the morning on the second and fourth Thursday of each month.



The Los Angeles Police Department (LAPD) with nearly 14,000 budgeted employees and a budget of $1.88 billion, enforces city, state, and federal laws to protect persons and property through patrol, prevention, investigation, apprehension of suspects, gathering and presentation of evidence, detention of unarraigned persons, and enforcement of traffic laws.  The five-member Board of Police Commissioners governs the LAPD, sets policies, and oversees its operations. The Chief of Police acts as a CEO, and reports to the Board.  The commissioners are responsible for implementing recommended reforms, improving service, reducing crime and the fear of crime, and initiating, implementing, and supporting community policing programs. The Chief of Police may be removed by Commission action or action of the City council. 

Commissioners should expect to spend 25-50 hours a week on commission business and meet as a Board every Tuesday morning.



The seven-member mayoral appointed Police Permit Review Panel is responsible for issuing and overseeing permits for live entertainment and motion picture shows.  The Panel is a subsidiary of the Board of Police Commissioners, and its purpose is to approve the three types of police permits, rule on cases involving the discipline or revocation of police permits, approve stipulations in the settlement of disciplinary cases, and review and approve conditions placed on new and existing police permits. 

The Panel meets in the afternoon on the first and third Wednesday of each month.



The five appointed members of the Board of Public Works (BPW) are a paid, full-time executive team that manages and controls the 5,500-employee Department of Public Works (BPW). Each member of the Board is responsible for overseeing the operation of one of the BPW Bureaus: (1) Contract Administration; (2) Engineering; (3) Sanitation; (4) Street Lighting; and (5) Street Services. The Board also manages projects that enhance public health and the environment and the design and construction of City infrastructure and municipal buildings, including procurement of equipment, materials, and contractors.

The Board meets every Monday, Wednesday and Friday at 10 a.m. and the commissioners keep regular office hours.



The City of LA’s Department of Recreation and Parks has16,000 acres of parkland, with recreational, social, and cultural programs to serve all ages at 559 park sites in every Los Angeles neighborhood.  The Department also operates hundreds of athletic fields, playgrounds, tennis courts, and recreation centers as well as swimming pools, senior centers, skate parks, golf courses, museums, dog parks, and summer youth camps. The Department oversees Griffith Park and the City’s urban wilderness, hiking trails and open space.

The five-member Board of Commissioners manages the Department.  The Board adopts the annual Department budget (currently some $443 million), oversees a staff of nearly 1,600 and manages and controls all property owned or controlled by the City for public recreation. 

The Commission meets in the morning on the first and third Thursday of each month, and commissioners may also serve on a Commission committee or Task Force that will also meet twice per month.



The seven-member Rent Adjustment Commission (RAC) is responsible for adopting policies, rules and regulations to carry out the mandates of the Rent Stabilization Ordinance, the City’s rent stabilization law. They also conduct studies, investigations and hearings to gather information to administer and enforce the Ordinance.

The Commission adopted Regulations and “Working Rules” to provide a standard set of procedures to provide consistency, transparency and guidance in conducting official business. The Commission also adopted the “Appeals Board Rules and Guidelines” for use in hearing appeals scheduled by the Los Angeles Housing Department.  RAC also serves as the Appeals Board for appeals of General Manager’s determinations.

The Commission’s meetings are held at noon on the first and third Thursdays of each month.



The Commission on the Status of Women (CSW) was established in 1975 with the mission to advance the general welfare of women and girls in the Los Angeles community and to ensure that all women have full and equal participation in City government. The CSW engages in several different issue areas such as Gender Equality & Workforce Development, Gender Equality & Transportation, Preventing Harassment & Discrimination in the Workplace, Safe Cities L.A., Connecting Women in City Government, Cities leading Women, LA Women Mean Business and the Intersection of Domestic Violence, Human Trafficking & Female Homelessness.

The Commission is part of the Civil + Human Rights and Equity Department and currently meets in the morning of the third Friday of every other month.



The five-member Taxicab Commission is responsible for approving taxicab franchises, awarding and revoking taxi franchise permits, investigating and disciplining driver and company misconduct, setting taxicab rates, and setting taxicab operating rules and procedures. (The Commission does not have jurisdiction over rideshare operations such as Uber or Lyft.)

The Commission meets in the morning on the third Thursday of every month.



The seven-member commission reviews proposed ordinances regulating city streets (e.g. speed limits), has oversight of off-street parking, control of the Special Parking Revenue Fund, and regulates vehicles for hire (e.g. ambulances) other than taxicabs.

The Commission meets in the morning on the second Thursday of every month.



DWP is the largest municipal utility in the United States, with more than 13,000 employees serving more than 4 million residents.  It is responsible for supplying City residents with water and electric energy by constructing, operating, maintaining, and importing water and electric energy.  It also fixes rates for water and electric service subject to approval of the Council; controls its own funds; and maintains a retirement, disability, and death benefit insurance plan. The seven-member Board of Commissioners oversees and sets policy for the Department.

Current Board priorities are to address water and power supply challenges, supporting women in the workplace, workforce development and a racial equity action plan.  

The Board meets twice a month in the morning on the second and fourth Tuesday.



The Workforce Development Board (WDB) is composed of members representing designated sectors of the economy. Among other responsibilities, it provides the oversight for workforce development programs coordinated by the Economic and Workforce Development Department.  The Board's Annual Plans support the City's workforce development activities provided through its Workforce Development System, including WorkSource and YouthSource Centers. The Annual Plans cover service strategies, activities, performance and budget. They outline how the City will deliver services and meet the objectives of promoting a trained workforce with access to good jobs and a strong business/employer regional economy.

The 39-member Board is appointed by the Mayor and meets quarterly in the morning on the third Wednesday of February, May, August and November.  The Board’s several committees meet at other times.



The five-member Zoo Commission provides policy and operational advice to the administration and staff of the Los Angeles Zoo and Botanical Gardens located in Griffith Park.  The Commission provides input to management and staff on issues relating to facilities, exhibits, concessions, operations and animal welfare for the Zoo’s more than 2,100 animals.

The Commission’s regular meetings are held in the morning of the third Tuesday of each month.