City of San Mateo Law Library
San Mateo City Charter.

6.04 Planning Commission. Other Boards and Commissions.

In addition to the library board of trustees there shall be a planning commission which shall have the powers and duties from time to time provided by law or by ordinance.

There shall also be such other boards and commissions as may from time to time be established by ordinance adopted by the council or approved by the people. Except as may otherwise be provided by this Charter, or ordinance of the council or ordinance approved by the people, all such other boards and commissions now or hereafter established shall be for advisory purposes only to the council, the city manager, or to departments within the city. A board or commission shall be considered to be advisory even if it is authorized to take final action subject to appeal to the city council.