On the Record
How does your city engage the community in local government?
(Asked at the League's 2012 Annual Conference)
Russ Blewett, Mayor, Hesperia
I publish my home phone, cell phone and email address in everything I send out, and I encourage people to contact me whether they seek a solution or just want to talk.
Wayne Lee, Council Member, Millbrae
We are a bedroom community; we use a free social media service to reach residents. We also reach out to parents through their children in our recreation and youth programs.
Michael Ponce, Mayor Pro Tem, Avalon
Our community is so small that residents often plan their evenings around council meetings. A heated issue will mean the council chambers are filled.
Kathryn McCullough, Mayor, Lake Forest
We conduct several outreach efforts for every program and seek extensive public input. Our citizens are very involved; they take votes every two years to help prioritize our capital projects.
Mary Helen Reynaga, Council Member, San Joaquin
This summer we hosted a free community garden and a food kitchen every Thursday. It provided an easy way to connect with our residents.
Cheryl Viegas-Walker, Council Member, El Centro
Every council member is involved in multiple community organizations and events, which gives us a way to work collaboratively and build a collective network.