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Students Hold Mock City Council Meeting

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Jane A. Chambers, Assistant City Manager
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Daly City High School Students
To Hold ‘Mock’ City Council Meeting

Daly City – On Thursday, March 18, 2004, 23 seniors from Jefferson and Westmoor high schools will have an opportunity to role play a designated city official in Daly City, in a scenario that offers a chance for them to learn about the wide range of services provided by a municipality.

Starting at 6 p.m., at the Council Chambers located at 333 – 90th Street in Daly City, the students will assume the roles of their city government mentors. As student-Department Directors, they will present agenda items that were prepared and submitted to the student-City Clerk last March 8. As student-Mayor and Councilmembers, they will review, assess and compromise on the various ways to best utilize hypothetical revenues over the next two fiscal years.

Saddled with too many budget blues the past two years, event organizers decided to “dream a little California dream” for this year’s Students in Local Government 2004 class, and wrote a scenario that explores the challenges faced by local governments nowadays, but with a slight twist of optimism. “Instead of the predictable budget cutbacks, we decided to let the students develop a $40 million citywide Services and Facilities Enhancement Plan, showing what they would do if Daly City got back the $40 million in local revenues that have been taken by the State of California since l981,” explained Assistant City Manager Jane Chambers.

The one-hour meeting will be videotaped, to be aired at a later date on the city’s government-access cable channel (Channel 27 for Comcast subscribers and Channel 26 for RCN subscribers). The annual program, which is sponsored by the City of Daly City and the Jefferson Union High School District, provides teens with a firsthand look at the internal operations of a city government, while fulfilling a social science graduation requirement.

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