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Citizens Academy 7 Offers Daly City Residents an Introduction to Local Government Operations

A relatively small percentage of the more than 100,000 living in Daly City have even a basic understanding of how their local government works.  Thanks to Daly City’s Citizens Academy, you have the opportunity to learn about the day-to-day operations of your city.  Daly City is accepting applications for its Seventh Annual Citizens Academy.  Returning this fall, the nine-week course begins September 25 and continues through November 20. Classroom sessions will take place Thursday evenings from 7:00 to 9:00 p.m. at City Hall.  Optional field trips will take place on one or two Saturdays.  As in years past, the course is free to Daly City residents. 

City Manager Patricia E. Martel will kick-off the course with an introduction to local government history and practices followed by a general overview of Daly City’s municipal services.  Department heads and division managers will present more detailed information about specific City operations in the following weeks (tentative schedule below).

Citizens Academy students will participate in both classroom presentations and discussions along with hands-on activities.  Students will have the opportunity to examine firefighting equipment up close and exercise split-second judgment when encountering suspects in a “shoot or be shot” police training simulator.  The training simulator faithfully enacts real life scenarios that police officers face every day.   A behind the scenes tour of the sewage treatment plant is one of the Citizens Academy highlights.  Participants venture deep beneath the plant while learning about bio-solids, recycled water, effluent, and discharge protocols. 

This nine-week course is perfect for the person seeking to learn more about their community.  Attendance at all sessions is mandatory to complete the course.  Space is limited, and Daly City residents will be given first priority.

Applications for the Citizens Academy are available online at  To request an application by mail, please call (650) 746-8367.  Completed applications are due no later than Friday, September 12, 2014. 

The tentative class schedule for the Citizens Academy is:

Week 1:           September 25 -            Introduction to Local Government

Week 2:           October 2 -                  Finance and Information Services

Week 3:           October 9 -                  Economic and Community Development, City Attorney

Week 4:           October 16 -                Water and Wastewater Resources, 
                                                          Library and Recreation Services       

Week 5:           October 23 -                Police                    

Week 6:           October 30  -               Public Works 

Week 7:           November 6 -              Daly City History, 
                                                         Human Resources, and Boards/Commissions/Committees

Week 8:           November 13 -            North County Fire Authority/Emergency Preparedness

Week 9:           November 20  -           Wrap-up/Graduation