Have a question about local government? Wonder where your tax dollars go? Then Civics 101 is for you!

Civics 101 is a nine-week program that provides participants with an in-depth look at County programs, services and finances. The class meets one night per week from 6:00 p.m. to 8:30 p.m., and there are one or two Saturday morning sessionsLight snacks are provided before each evening meeting. Civics 101 is free for participants. 

Civics 101 is also an opportunity for us to learn from you. What are your priorities for improving the quality of life for all on the Peninsula? What do you care about? What are your ideas? We want to know. We will also encourage graduates to serve on one of the County's many boards and commissions, where volunteers like you work to improve our community. 

THE APPLICATION FOR THE FALL 2017 CIVICS 101 ACADEMY WILL BE AVAILABLE ON THIS PAGE IN SUMMER 2017.

COURSE MATERIALS AT THE BOTTOM OF THIS PAGE

 

 2016 Civics 101 Academy Schedule:

Sep. 14 (Board of Supervisors Chambers, 400 County Center Welcome and County Overview: Communications Chief Michelle Durand, Open Data, District 1 Supervisor staff, website navigation.
 
Sep. 21 (Meet in Courtroom 2H [Judge Forcum's], 400 County Center, 2nd floor, up the escalator on the leftThe Justice System: Probation, Judiciary, District Attorney, Private Defender Program
 

Sep. 28 (Meet at Belmont Library, 1110 Alameda de las Pulgas, BelmontCommunity Services(Libraries, Public Works, Planning and Building, LAFCO)

Oct. 5 (Meet at San Mateo Medical Center, 222 W. 39th Ave, San Mateo) Park in the large lot behind the SMMC, the "West Parking Lot", entrance on 37th Ave. Follow blue signs into the West Entrance. Go down long hall and turn left. Take elevator to second floor. Meeting in Education Room 1.  Health System Overview and tour of the Medical Center

Oct. 12 (Meet at Board Chambers, 400 County Center - 5:45 start time)Sheriff's Department: K-9 demonstration, SWAT, Office of Emergency Services, Public Safety Dispatch.

Oct. 19 (Meet at Human Services Agency office at 400 Harbor Blvd. Building B, in Belmont. Very near the intersection of Industrial Blvd. and Harbor Blvd.) Human Services AgencyOverview, Children and Family Services, Collaborative Community Outcomes, Employment Services, Economic Self Sufficiency, Housing

Oct. 26 (Meet at 555 County CenterAll About MoneyBudget Director, Treasurer/Tax Collector, Controller and Assessor 

Nov. 2 (Board Chambers, 400 County Center): County-wide InitiativesSustainability, Measure A, County Grand Jury

SATURDAY, Nov. 5 (Edgewood Park, Redwood City--park and meet at the corner of Edgewood Rd. and Canada Rd.): 10:00 a.m. to noon. Light ranger-led hike, with presentation on County Park System.

Nov. 9: (Board Chambers, 400 County Center): GraduationSit down dinner, County Manager John Maltbie, Board of Supervisors President Warren Slocum, County Counsel, Human Resources.

 

Questions? Contact Eric Forgaard at eforgaard@smcgov.org or 650-363-4657.

2016 COURSE MATERIALS