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July 1 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm

| $25 – $100

Cracking the Government Code is a new event series designed to get you answers your 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 3 | Power of the purse: Budget process, priorities and possibilities

Join us on Thursday, July 1, as Paso Robles Mayor Steve Martin, Grover Beach City Manager Matthew Bronson and SLO County Budget Director Emily Jackson dive into:
  • What’s in a municipal budget
  • What to look for (and where)
  • Questions you should ask people running for office
  • How to most effectively engage in the process
Guided by Cal Poly’s Dr. Matt Moore, Power of the purse will equip you with the basics to understand, evaluate and participate in some of the most important decisions that governments make.

Mayor Steve Martin has served as the Mayor of Paso Robles since 2014. Prior to that, he served on the City Council previously from 1987 to 1996 and was previously elected Mayor of Paso Robles from 1988 to 1990. Martin has worked in both the public and private sectors, as an elected official, an executive manager and the owner of several media-related businesses.

Emily Jackson has served as the Budget Director for the County of San Luis Obispo since 2014. Throughout her tenure as budget director, Jackson has coordinated the development of the County’s annual budget, led development of the financial forecast, maintained and recommended updates to the County’s budget goals and policies, and worked with County departments to ensure that the County’s budget is reflective of Board priorities.

Matthew Bronson was appointed City Manager for the City of Grover Beach in May 2016. In this role, he  oversees the day-to-day operations for the City with a total FY 2021-22 budget of $35 million and a workforce of approximately 80 employees.  Bronson has nearly 25 years of local government experience working for cities and counties in California and North Carolina.

Matthew J. Moore is Professor of Political Science and Faculty Fellow in the Office of the President at Cal Poly, where he has been on the faculty since 2006. Moore’s primary areas of teaching and research are political theory and public law. He is the author of Buddhism and Political Theory, published by Oxford University Press in 2016, and numerous articles and book chapters.

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.

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July 1
12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
$25 – $100
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