How to Search Public Records Online

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How to Search Public Records Online

Users can either browse documents or search for a specific document(s) by using a single word or phrase in a document.

Click here to browse the database.

The following documents are currently available:

  • City Council Minutes (1876 - current)
  • Redevelopment Agency Minutes (1981 - current)
  • City Council Agenda Packets (January 10, 2000 - current)
  • Summary Agendas (November 24, 2003 - current)
  • Ordinances (1876 - current)
  • Resolutions (1944 - current)

Browser Requirements

Pop-Up Blockers

In order to fully utilize the Laserfiche database pop-up blockers must be disabled in all browsers.

Windows Users

Firefox, Internet Explorer 5.5 or Netscape 6.1 or later. If you do not have these browsers:

Mac Users

Firefox, Safari 1.1, Netscsape 6.1 or Internet Explorer 5.2

Using the Database

To browse documents, click on browse. Open the Public Folder in the left pane. Continue opening folders until you find the document you are looking for. To view the document, click to open.

Laserfiche documents are scanned to an image format which can be indexed and searched online. Printing these documents requires that the pages be converted to PDF format.

To search for a document using a specific word or phrase, click on search. This will provide you with complete directions on the two basic types of searches that can be performed via Weblink.

To print or scroll through a document, you must convert to PDF first. Click on the PDF icon to the right of the page navigation bar to start the process.

PDF icon in laserfiche

You may then print or scroll through the document. Pages can be printed one at a time or as a complete document. Some of our documents are very large; we have set a limit of 75 pages per download. The system can convert up to 75 pages to PDF at one time. If a document is more than 75 pages, the conversion will create multiple PDFs. This process is slower than a regular print function as the conversion to PDF takes several seconds for each page.

Many documents in the database are already in PDF format. When a link to a PDF file is clicked, the document is either downloaded to the user desktop or opened in the web browser.

The City Clerk's Department is continually working to expand the number of documents online. Please call the City Clerk's office at (925) 960-4200, if you have any questions.