San Carlos, CA

Civics Academy

San Carlos Civics Academy (formerly Citizens Academy) is a free, six-week program which seeks to engage the community, foster civic leadership, and improve San Carlans’ understanding of the functions and responsibilities of local government.

Civics Academy is a unique way for community members to become more involved and informed citizens. Participants will have the opportunity to:
  • Learn how the City makes decisions and tackles challenges by listening to presentations, analyzing case studies, and participating in interactive activities.
  • Understand the City’s revenues, expenditures, and budget structure.
  • Meet City leaders, department directors, and staff.
  • Build relationships with neighbors and community members.
Who can participate?
Individuals 14 and older who live or work in San Carlos

NEW! Childcare
The City of San Carlos is excited to announce that it will provide free childcare for children ages 4+ at the Youth Center during Civics Academy! Want to register your child and learn more? Call or email Quinne Woolley at, or (650) 802-4212. 

How do I register?
Registration for the fall 2023 program is now closed.

2023 Schedule

Session 1: Governanceparticipantsperson holding poster
Thursday, October 5, from 6 - 7:30 p.m.
City Council Chambers

City Manager's Office: Nil Blackburn, Assistant City Manager

City Clerk's Office: Crystal Mui, City Clerk

Test your knowledge: Participate in an informative quiz and stand a chance to win exciting prizes.

Session 2: Emergency Servicesearthquake drillIMG_0434 - Copy
Thursday, October 12, from 6 - 7:30 p.m.

Library Community Room

San Carlos Bureau of the SMC Sheriff's Office: Captain Mark Myers, Sergeant Jerri Cosens, Detective Cole Armando

San Carlos and Redwood City Fire Department: Deputy Fire Chief Dave Pucci

Sheriff's Office K9 and robot/bomb suit demonstrations: Witness the practical application of law enforcement principles.

Earthquake tabletop exercise: Experience our preparedness and response strategies.

Session 3: Streets and Trafficstreet design
Thursday, October 19, from 6 - 7:30 p.m.
Library Community Room

Public Works Department: Steven Machida, Public Works Director; Hanieh Houshmandi, Senior Traffic Engineer

Street design exercise: Reimagine a city corridor to accommodate the needs of all stakeholders.

Session 4: Budget
Thursday, October 26, from 6 - 7:30 p.m.
Library Community Room

Administrative Services Department: Rebecca Mendenhall, Administrative Services Director

Family Feud - City of San Carlos Budget: Engage in a constructive dialogue on fiscal management.

Session 5: Planning for the FutureCivics Academy game
Thursday, November 2, from 6 - 7:30 p.m.
Library Community Room

Community Development Department: Al Savay, Community Development Director; Andrea Mardesich, Assistant Community Development Director; Chris Valley, Building Official

Plan It! game: Collaboratively envision our city's future.

Session 6: Parks and Eventsparks presentation
Thursday, November 9, from 6 - 7:30 p.m.
Adult Community Center Parkview Room

Parks and Recreation Department: Amy Newby, Parks and Recreation Director; Tyler Muela, Recreation Manager; Wendy Schettino, Recreation Supervisor - Events

Public Works Department: Lou Duran, Public Works Superintendent

Planning an event in San Carlos: Learn the intricacies of event planning within our community.

Civics Academy game
fire presentation
parks presentation

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