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June 3 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm

| $25 – $100

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 2 | Who does what? The differences between State vs County vs City and who has the most power to impact different issues

Should I go to the Mayor or the board of supervisors with this problem? How can I get more amenities in my neighborhood? Which elected officials can make permitting easier?
Understanding which level of government has the most power to make a change you want to see is key to making the most impact with the least confusion.
In session two of Cracking the Government Code, SLO City Councilmember Carlyn Christianson, former Chief of Staff in the California State Legislature Christine Robertson and SLO County Analyst Carolyn Berg will dive into:
  • Key differences between State, County and City governments
  • Who has the most power to impact different issues
  • Where regional collaboration is essential
Guided by Cal Poly’s Dr. Matt MooreWho does what? will cover why each level of government exists, how they interact with each other, and how you can most effectively interact with them.

Carlyn Christianson | Retired from her multi-decade career in medical management, Councilmember Carlyn Christianson now works part-time for Transitions-Mental Health Association and is finishing up her 8th year on the San Luis Obispo City Council after previously serving on the city and county Planning Commissions for many years–not to mention being a former SLO Chamber Board member. 

Christine Robertson | Christine Robertson has worked as Chief of Staff in the California State Legislature, co-founded and led the Institute for Advanced Technology and Public Policy at Cal Poly and currently serves as Executive Director of the San Luis Coastal Education Foundation.

Carolyn Berg | Carolyn Berg is the Principal Administrative Analyst overseeing regional coordination and action on infrastructure, affordable housing and homelessness for the County of San Luis Obispo. She has worked with the County since 2006 on various aspects of water resources management prior to this role including: design, construction and startup of a 45-mile, regional water supply project; development of the Integrated Regional Water Management Plan and successful award of over $20-million in grants to implement related projects; and management of a team implementing the Sustainable Groundwater Management Act in six local groundwater basins.

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: 

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.


$25 per session


$100 for all 5 sessions (20% discount)
*you will receive access to the recording of the first session upon registration.

If you wish to attend but cost presents a barrier, please email molly@slochamber.org as sponsorship opportunities are available.

While we hope to be able to transition to an in-person format during the series, Zoom will remain an option for all attendees.

Thank you to our sponsors:


June 3
12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
$25 – $100
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