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

Civics 101 is a free, nine-week program that provides participants with an in-depth look at County programs, services and finances. Participants are exposed to the workings of County government, primarily via presentations from department heads. Specific dates for 2017 will appear in this space when finalized, but typically the program is offered from mid-September through mid-November, on Wednesday nights from 6:00 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. There are also one or two Saturday morning sessionsLight snacks are provided before each evening meeting.

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

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. 
 

 2017 schedule (DATES TBD, PRESENTERS SUBJECT TO CHANGE):

WEEK 1: Welcome and County Overview  |  Supervisor Board Chambers, Hall of Justice, 400 County Center, Redwood City

Communications Chief Michelle Durand, Supervisor staff presentation, Open Data, website navigation.

 

WEEK 2: The Justice System  |  Courtroom 2H, 400 County Center, 2nd floor
Judiciary, Probation, District Attorney, Private Defender Program

 

WEEK 3: Community Services  |  Belmont Library, 1110 Alameda de las Pulgas, Belmont
Libraries, Public Works, Planning and Building, LAFCo

 

WEEK 4: Health System overview and Medical Center tour  |  San Mateo Medical Center, 222 W. 39th Ave., San Mateo
 

WEEK 5: Sheriff's Department  |  Supervisor Board Chambers, 400 County Center
K-9 demonstration, SWAT, Office of Emergency Services, Public Safety Dispatch

 

WEEK 6: Human Services Agency  |  400 Harbor Blvd. Building B, Belmont
Overview, Children and Family Services, Collaborative Community Outcomes, Employment Svcs., Housing

 

WEEK 7: All about Money  |  555 County Center, Redwood City (very close to 400 County Center)
Budget Director, Treasurer/Tax Collector, Controller, Assessor

 

WEEK 8: Countywide Initiatives  |  Supervisor Board Chambers, 400 County Center
Sustainability, Measure K, TBD

 

Saturday bonus session: Park System |  Edgewood Park, Redwood City
10:00 a.m. to noon. Light ranger-led hike, featuring a park docent. Focus on Edgewood park but also system-wide overview.

 

WEEK 9: Board of Supervisors, Graduation  |  Supervisor Board Chambers, 400 County Center
Board of Supervisors presentation, County Manager, County Counsel, Human Resources

 

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

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