To truly know how your city government operates, you need a lot more than an hourlong tour.
Thankfully in Redwood City, there’s one that lasts seven weeks.
Local community members are encouraged to get an insider’s view into Redwood City’s government operations by participating in the one-night-per-week Community Building Academy (CBA) starting in October. The program aims to provide an immersive view into the operations of all city departments — public works, police and fire, city council, finance, library etc.
The academy runs from 6-9 p.m., with the first meeting on Thursday, Oct. 10, and all subsequent meetings occurring during the same hours on Wednesdays.
During meetups, activities will be provided “that illustrate how the City works, how our community is developing, and how we can all work to build a great community together,” according to a city statement.
The program is aimed at engaging community members in their government.
“Participants will learn how decisions are made, how City funds are allocated, and how City departments operate with each other – and you’ll sit down with City Council members to discuss any issues that are on your mind,” the city states.
The program accepts a maximum of 30 participants. Applications can be obtained online here, or from the City Manager’s office at 1017 Middlefield Road or by calling (650) 780-7300.