This fast-paced workshop will introduce you to the ins and outs of local government, presented by Jennifer Hosterman, former mayor and current city manager of Pleasanton. We will focus on the role of government in our communities, the budget process, where revenue comes from and how it is spent, and the role of direct, citizen-initiated, democracy. The workshop will be interactive, so be prepared to participate. Participants will be asked to read three staff reports and engage in a mock City Council meeting. The subjects covered will include: (1) licensing of marijuana dispensaries—should they be approved for location in your town? (2) Walmart is seeking approval to locate in your town—approve or deny? and (3) a very ugly dispute between two neighbors resulting from a city-approved window added to the second story of one home, intruding on the privacy of the other.
This workshop is designed for those who plan to become involved in local politics as citizens and office-holders, and for those who are already active.
City Manager, City of Pleasanton, California
Jennifer Hosterman was elected Pleasanton’s mayor in 2004, and is the first woman in the city’s history to fill that office. She was re-elected in 2008. As mayor, Hosterman was recognized for having the second most sustainable city in the US (with populations under 100,000). She received a JD from the John F. Kennedy School of Law.
Please visit the Continuing Studies page for reading matierals prior to workshop.
Free and open to public