You may obtain the required forms in the City Clerk Department, 425 S Mission Drive, or you may download forms from Fair Political Practices Commission website: http://www.fppc.ca.gov/learn/campaign-rules.html
The forms required include: Campaign committee forms
1. Forms 501: Candidate Intention Form – To start the candidate process.
When to file: Before you solicit or receive any contributions or before you make expenditures from personal funds on behalf of your candidacy.
2. Form 410: Campaign Committee Form – If raising or spending $1,000* or more.
When to file: Within 10 days of receiving $1,000* in contributions. The date this form is postmarked is the date it is considered filed.
Where to file: Original filed with Secretary of State; copy given to City Clerk Department.
*The personal funds of a candidate or officeholder used in connection with seeking or holding elective office are contributions and are counted toward qualifying as a recipient committee. However, personal funds used to pay a candidate filing fee or a fee for the statement of qualifications to appear in the ballot pamphlet are not counted toward the $1,000 threshold.