LEAD Goleta (Learn Empower Advocate Discuss)

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The City’s first LEAD Goleta community academy is now in progress. The program is free and designed to help residents better understand the role that local government plays in the community so that they can effectively participate and share that knowledge with others. Attendees will be exposed to the role of local government and will hopefully consider a future role in city governance either as an elected Councilmember, Board member or Commissioner.

WHO: The first 20 Goleta residents who submit a completed application will be accepted into the program. The City believes that it is important to get young adults involved in the local government process as well. That is why we have reserved five additional spots for youth ages 15-21, and encourage people within that age group to apply.

WHEN: Second Wednesday of each month 6:00 - 8:00 p.m., starting on February 13, 2019

WHERE: Goleta City Council Chambers, 130 Cremona Drive, Suite B

HOW: Complete and return the application

CONTACT: Community Relations Manager at pio@cityofgoleta.org or 805-961-7507

Class Schedule

View the flyer here.

February 13: Get to Know Goleta
Overview of the City and the City Council, our history, the manager/council form of government, the roles of the Council, Boards and Commissions, and "general" government functions; Also, learn about the Brown Act.

March 13: Managing the Public's Dollars
Learn more about the City's budget, revenue sources, investments, expenditures and governmental accounting.

April 10: We're Here to Serve
Hear more about services such as public safety and emergency services, economic development, parks and recreation, and the Goleta Valley Library.

May 8: Planning for the Future
Discussion of planning, zoning, building, housing, the City's sustainability efforts, and code enforcement, and how decisions on these issues impact the community.

June 12: How It Works: Infrastructure & Maintenance
Follow the path of a capital project from start to finish. Gain insight into services,such as traffic management, sidewalks, maintenance, street lights, and recycling programs.

July 10: What's Next: Engagement and Elections
Overview of the City's elections process for candidates and ballot measures. This session also includes a discussion of how the City engages residents and how participants can become more involved.