Civics 101 Academy | County of San Mateo, CA


Do you have questions about local government? Would you like to learn from department heads and other district managers? then Civics 101 is for you!
the Civics 101 Academy is a free, nine-week program held one evening per week from 6:00 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. that provides participants with an in-depth look at the county’s programs, services and finances. Participants learn about the workings of the San Mateo County government primarily through presentations by department heads. After each presentation there are short questions and answers. Please see the Fall 2021 program below.

Perhaps you are simply interested in learning about how our county government works, including the wide range of services it provides to residents. Or like many previous attendees, you may choose to serve on one of the many county boards and commissions where volunteers like you work to advise the Board of Supervisors and improve our community! Or who knows, maybe your citizenship will spur you on to one day seek local elective office or to join the amazing team of dedicated county government staff who serve our community.

Civics 101 is also an opportunity for us to hear your perspective and learn from you What are your priorities for improving the quality of life for everyone on the Peninsula? What are you interested in? What are your ideas? We want to know!

Thank you to all Civics 101 Academy 2021 participants. Your curiosity, questions, and ideas make both the program and our county government better!
If you would like to be placed on the Fall 2022 Civics 101 Academy list, please email Eric Forgaard of the County Manager’s Office at [email protected]
2021 CIVICS 101 SCHEDULE (For reference; content and session dates for 2022 will be similar. Program runs from 6:00 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.):

August 31: district overview
County Manager Mike Callagy, Chief Communications Officer Michelle Durand, Director of the Office of Emergency Services Dan Belville, class performances.

7th of September: Human Services Agency
HSA Overview, Children and Family Services, Collaborative Community Outcomes, Employment Services, Self-Care Services, Housing

September 14th: Health
Covid-19 Update, San Mateo Medical Center COVID-19 Response, Public Health Services, Health Information Technology.

21st September: Sheriff’s Office
Overview of the Sheriff’s Office by Sheriff Carlos Bolanos; K-9 demonstration; Community Activities, 9-1-1 (Public Safety Communications) presentation. NOTE: We will be out on the square for about 40 minutes!

September 28th: Everything about money
Treasurer-Tax Collector, Controller, Budget and Budget Performance, Assessor and Elections.

5 Oct: community work
public works, library system, LAFCo

12 Oct: The judicial system
Justice, Probation, District Attorney, Private Counsel. Including dummy test!

19 Oct: County-wide initiatives
Office for Sustainability, RedistributionMosquito and Vector Control District, CERT

26 Oct: graduation (and more!)
Chairman David Canepa, Human Resources, County Counsel, Certificates of Completion

To ask? Contact Eric Forgaard at [email protected]


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