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Daly City is Seeking Applicants for its Fifth Annual Citizens Academy

Daly City is seeking applicants for its annual Citizens Academy. Returning for a fifth consecutive year, the ten-week course begins Thursday, September 27 and continues through December 6. 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 Saturdays. City Manager Patricia E. Martel will kick-off the course with an introduction to local government concepts and an overview of Daly City’s municipal operations. Department heads and managers from various City departments will present their perspectives in the following weeks.

The Citizens Academy combines classroom presentations and discussions with hands-on tours the City facilities covered during the course. Students will explore the seldom seen (sometimes smelled?) sewage treatment plant, enjoy a rare behind-the-scenes look at City Hall, and examine firefighting equipment up close.

This year the Citizens Academy will include a discussion about the demise of California’s redevelopment agencies and the effect it has had on local government. If you are looking for a way to become civically engaged, or you are just curious how things in your city work, the Citizens Academy may be for you.

Applications for the Citizens Academy are available at the City Clerk’s Office and online at To request an application by mail, please call (650) 991-8127. Completed applications are due no later than Friday, August 31, 2012.