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 by department heads.

The 2017 program meets on nine Wednesday nights from 6:00 p.m. to 8:30 p.m., from September 13 through November 15 (no meeting October 11). There will also be a Saturday morning session Oct. 21 at Edgewood Park from 10:00 a.m. to noon.

Light snacks are provided before each evening meeting.

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. 

Please find the 2017 application below. APPLICATION DEADLINE: August 22, 2017. Candidates will be notified of their status by August 25, 2017.
You may submit using the instructions provided on the application, and you will receive a confirmation of receipt. The program fills up quickly, and candidates are encourage to apply early!!


2017 Schedule (Please note the various locations): 

September 13: County Overview (Board Chambers, 400 County Center, Redwood City)

September 20: Countywide Initiatives (Board Chambers, 400 County Center, Redwood City)

September 27: Health System (San Mateo Medical Center, 222 West 39th St., San Mateo. Park in large rear lot, use West Entrance to SMMC and follow signs to the second floor classroom)

October 4: Sheriff's Office (Board Chambers and outside on plaza)


October 18: Human Services Agency (400 Harbor Blvd., Building B, Belmont)

* SATURDAY, OCTOBER 21: Park System: Ranger-led Hike (Edgewood Park, Redwood City. Meet at the corner of Edgewood Rd. and Canada Rd.)

October 25: All About Money (555 County Center, Redwood City)

November 1: The Justice System (400 County Center, 2nd floor, Courtroom 2A)

November 8: Community Services (Belmont Library, 1110 Alameda de las Pulgas, Belmont)

November 15: Human Resources, County Counsel, Boards and Commissions, graduation (Board Chambers, 400 County Center, Redwood City)


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

APPLICATION BELOW - DEADLINE: August 22, 2017 (early application recommended--interest is high!)
INSTRUCTIONS: This is a PDF document.You will likely be able to fill it out on-screen, then save to your computer or device--otherwise print and fill out by hand. Send PDF (or a scan or photo of hand-completed document) to eforgaard@smcgov.org, or mail to Eric Forgaard, County Manager's Office, Hall of Justice and Records, 400 County Center, Redwood City, CA 94063. You may also hand-deliver your application at the same addressCandidates will be notified of their status by August 25, 2017.