Even though its fertile valley land is covered in homes, schools and retail shops, the Orchard City got its start as an agricultural center. Its founder, Benjamin Campbell, bought 160 acres to cultivate hay and grain—land that now is the site of the city’s historical downtown and its iconic water tower. After Campbell sold his land to Southern Pacific Railroad for $5 an acre, the area became a center for shipping fruit. After Campbell was incorporated in 1952, the shift from farmland to suburban tracts accelerated, and now almost 40,000 people call the city home.

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City Council

The five-member Campbell City Council meets at 70 N First St, Campbell, on the first and third Tuesday of the month at 7:30 p.m. Meetings are live-streamed on Zoom; the public is welcome to attend, and past meetings are archived on the city’s website.

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Planning Commission

Seven Campbell citizens serve on the Planning Commission, which works with the City Council to review developments in the city. The commission meets on the second and fourth Tuesday of each month; meetings are streamed on Zoom and the public is welcome to attend.

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