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

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

Posted Feb. 26, 2014, 9:12 am

Mirror Staff

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

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Feb. 26, 2014, 1:17:13 pm

Kathean Gahagan said...

If this is modeled on the SMPD Citizen's Academy I'm all in. Send me an enrollment application.

Feb. 26, 2014, 3:31:03 pm

Check them said...

Do they show you how the mayor and city council takes a bribe or "campaign donation" from big developers?

Feb. 27, 2014, 10:01:53 am

Where have you heard this? said...

The people's republic of

Feb. 27, 2014, 2:48:51 pm

Debra Shepherd said...

I love the idea of the group. What concerns me is the implementation. It seems out of sorts to have only 20 people get an opportunity to learn how the government works. It seems like an opportunity to build another clique. We have enough of those already in this community. Why not have classes at the beautiful MLK auditorium where 100 people can learn about the city, not just a cherry picked few? Liberty and justice for all.

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