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What is the Citizens Institute?

This Citizen's Institute consists of seven evening and one Saturday morning sessions in which citizens:

  • Learn first-hand how the City works
  • Meet and get to know their neighbors, City officials, and City employees
  • Gain an improved awareness of available City services and community resources
  • Discover opportunities to be involved with their local government

Cost is $25, payable first day of class.

Who participates?

Anyone who lives or works in Walnut Creek (including unincorporated Walnut Creek) and has an interest in local government is invited to sign up for the Institute. Classes are designed for 30-35 students to encourage discussion, involvement, and interaction. 

The 2018 Institute is well underway, but beginning in the spring of 2019, we will open up registration for next year's sessions.  To be alerted when registration is available, sign up at the top of this page for our updates.


What Topics Are Covered?

Understanding the Big Picture - August 20, 2018,  6:30 PM - 8:30 PM
Meet the City Manager

Evolution of a City - August 29, 2018, 6:30 PM - 9:30 PM
The Role of Community & Economic Development

Walnut Creek Police Department - September 12, 2018, 6:00 PM - 9:00 PM
Get to know the WCPD

Getting From Here to There -- and our Future Path - September 26, 2018, 6:00 PM - 9:00 PM  (Institute Members:  please note the special start time)
See a demonstration of the high-tech Traffic Signal Master and learn how the City of Walnut Creek is keeping ahead of the innovation curve as a "smart city."

Keeping Things Running Smoothly - October 9, 2018, 6:30 PM - 9:30 PM  (Institute Members:  please note this session will be held at the City's Corp Yard at 511 Lawrence Way, and is on a Tuesday night)
Tour the Public Works Corp Yard and learn about the wide array of Public Works functions, from managing parks to repairing streets. 

Money & Technology - October 24, 2018, 6:30 PM - 9:30 PM
Learn how the City manages its finances and navigates the increasingly complex world of information technology and security.

Enhancing the Quality of Life in Walnut Creek - November 7, 2018, 6:00 PM - 9:00 PM   (Institute Members:  please note this session will begin at 6:00 p.m., and will be held at the Lesher Center for the Arts, 1601 Civic Drive)
Get a behind the scenes tour of the Lesher Center and learn about the diverse recreational opportunities in Walnut Creek.

Neighborhood Showcase/Bus Tour & Graduation Celebration - November 17, 2018 8:45 AM - 1:00 PM
Share your knowledge and “tour-guide” skills while describing the history & highlights of your neighborhood. Learn about all the diverse neighborhoods in Walnut Creek. Enjoy Graduation Celebration - food, party, and conversation!