Governments community engagement and communication State, National, International, posted by CDSI Research, a resident of another community, on Nov 7, 2011 at 11:18 am
Today, a group of neighbors met with current and past elected officials for coffee discussion in Walnut Creek. The topic was communicating with governments including community engagement at governments meetings. The officials clearly prefer direct meetings with citizens, their groups and committees to best understand the requirements to remedy issues. The same officials suggested that government meetings of boards and councils are often too late to mitigate issues subject to decisions and/or advisories. The general recommendation is to seek meetings with elected officials and/or their staff early in any consideration of an issue subject to a board or council decision so governments can fully investigate such issues prior to board or council review, discussion and decisions.
The subject of government communication and community engagement is now being taken very seriously throughout your readership region and your ability to survey may be the opportunity to determine how important your story on such engagement and communication might be to your readers.
Posted by CDSI Research, a resident of another community, on Nov 8, 2011 at 5:37 pm
During news service interviews with county and local elected officials a structure for government communication emerged that suggested residents, groups and committees from communities arrange direct meetings with their elected official as early as issues appear so investigations of such issues can yield definition for decisions by departments, boards and councils. Various boards, councils, committees come late in the process as they prepare for decisions or advisories. At that point in the process of mitigation of issues, such boards, councils, commissions and committees need spokepeople from the communities and regions that can provide brief presentation that defines the majority's attitudes and specifies the decision sought by that majority.
It seems government communication and engagement is now defined and you might feature a reference story on your home page that provides the go-to contact information in communities and regions.
Posted by troy, a resident of the Danville neighborhood, on Nov 13, 2011 at 9:49 am
I dare you to name the names of these neighbors, and elected officials just exactly who were these people if you can not name them i suggest you retract your statement,and declare yourself a blow hard and a liar
Posted by CDSI Research, a resident of the Alamo neighborhood, on Nov 13, 2011 at 10:41 am
It is the right and authority of neighborhood and community groups to identify their meetings with supervisors and other elected officials. AS you protect your sources and many sponsored commentators on your Express Forum, CDSI Research will respect the privacy of such groups supported by our research and advisory efforts. More importantly, defamation by political factions in challenge to such respect of privacy will not change that result.