Civic Engagement Starts with YOU!

Submitted by CCCL_MichelleK

The more we think of government as something separate from ourselves, the less we'll remember that it’s our responsibility as citizens to participate in government. Voting is certainly one way to do this, but getting involved in your local government is a powerful way to make change in your community in ways you can see.  

Here are some ways to get involved: 

  • Attend city council meetings: visit your city's website to get the current schedule of meetings. You'll also find out what committees and commissions exist in your city.  
  • Attend or serve on a public board, meeting, or commission - there's a lot to choose from. For example, the Contra Costa County Sustainability Commission and the Hazardous Materials Commission are seeking new members now. Take some time to explore the Public Meetings Agenda Center. As the site says, some of these bodies may also post meeting agendas on their own websites. 
    Information about the Board of Supervisors, Housing Authority, and special districts meetings can be found at Board and District Agendas.
  • Run for office or file a measure - the Contra Costa County Elections website has resources to help you find out more about the process. 

I’ll be sharing some tips on how to prepare your public comments in the next post in this series. 

Thanks for reading! Please vote, and encourage your friends and family to vote too!  

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