Cracking the Government Code is a new event series designed to get you answers to these questions and share shortcuts to more quickly and easily shape the community you love. If you’re someone who wants to get involved and help craft the future you want to see, this series was designed for you.
Session 1 | Government 101: Basics of getting involved, decoding language, procedures and practices that you’ll encounter
Dawn Ortiz-Legg was appointed as Third District Supervisor by Governor Gavin Newsom in November of 2020. In 2016, she ran as the Democratic candidate for State Assembly and since 2018, she has served as the SLO County planning commissioner for the County’s 3rd District. With a background in energy — including work on the Topaz Solar Farm project in 2010 and currently as part of PG&E — as well as a Masters in US Foreign Policy & Climate Change Policy from Johns Hopkins, Dawn has spent a great deal of the last decade working with government at its many levels.
Rachelle Rickard has been the City Manager for the City of Atascadero since 2013. She began her career at the City almost 25 years ago with a background in public accounting and a specialty in governmental finance. Her previous experience includes being the Project Manager for the reconstruction of the Atascadero Historic City Hall, the head of the fully accredited Charles Paddock Zoo, and the original mastermind behind the Atascadero Tamale Festival. Rachelle is originally from the Bay Area and received a business degree from California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo in 1987.
Christine Johnson is a former Morro Bay City Council Member and has long been a champion of improving quality of life in our region. In her time on council, Christine advocated for increased public participation and oversight, initiated Morro Bay’s first Economic Development Roadmap, and oversaw four years of balanced budgets and increased reserves.
Cracking the Government Code Series:
Join us the first Thursday of every month May through September as we promise to deliver interactive, fast paced and informative sessions featuring subject matter experts who’ve been in the trenches, are willing to share their knowledge, and answer your questions through our series sessions:
- Session 2 – Who does what? | The differences between State vs County vs City and who has the most power to impact different issues
- Session 3 – Power of the purse | Budget process, priorities and possibilities
- Session 4 – Planning for the future | The impact urban planning choices have on the economy, culture and environment
- Session 5 – Be the change | How ‘normal residents’ can get involved and shape their community
Cracking the Government Code is also an opportunity to create lasting connections and share ideas in a safe, fun, and collaborative space — those that register for the full series will have an opportunity to have a one-on-one with a guest speaker and get personalized advice, insight and perspective to help further their goals.
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