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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 classes are popular and usually fill up fast!


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, at 6:30 PM - 9:30 PM
Get to know the WCPD

Getting From Here to There - September 26, 2018, 6:30 PM - 9:30 PM
See a demonstration of the high-tech Traffic Signal Master and learn the principles of parking inventory management.

Keeping Things Running Smoothly - October 9, 2018, 6:30 PM - 9:30 PM
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.

Enhancing the Quality of Life in Walnut Creek - November 7, 2018, 6:30 PM - 9:30 PM
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!

Citizens Institute Application

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