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
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
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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