Learn How The City Of Santa Monica Works Through "The People's Academy"

Wednesday, 26 Feb 2014, 9:12:00 AM

Mirror Staff

Applications are open through March 5, 2014 for the City of Santa Monica's
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Applications are open through March 5, 2014 for the City of Santa Monica's "The People's Academy."

The City of Santa Monica is launching an initiative called "The

People’s Academy" to provide a behind-the-scenes look at its

government operations, partnerships, and innovations. 

It is a free course that will educate people about how Santa Monica’s local government operates on a day-to-day basis.

The City said it is important to understand how tax dollars are used

and how community priorities are set, but participants won’t do this by

dissecting line items in the City’s biennial budget. The People’s

Academy mixes local government basics with information relevant in

everyday life.

Participants will meet with leaders from the City, School District,

and College to understand each organization’s core mission, how they

achieve it and support each other. They’ll discover new technology tools

and ways to create new sustainable habits. They’ll learn to see the

public right of way, open space, and other public infrastructure in a

new light.

Participants will get tips from the Police and Fire Chief on personal safety.

Finally, they’ll wrestle with proverbial questions of transportation

and land use and learn how urban planners approach these challenges in

an urban existence.

Twenty spaces are available this spring.

Residents and business owners who are in any way intrigued in getting

more involved in their community are encouraged to apply. 

As space is limited, City staff will select a diverse group of people

of varying ages, interests, life experience, and community involvement.

City staff is eager to share what they do and how they do it.

For more information or to apply, visit http://academy.smgov.net.

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