Why did we develop this site?

- To increase citizen awareness of issues under consideration and decisions being made by our City Government:

Become a Subscriber.  Contribute to our Community Forum.  Obtain updates through Email, Facebook or Twitter.

- To provide an innovative “one-stop shop” for all things City Government related:

If you’ve ever tried to figure out what is going on from the City’s website, you know the frustration of navigating through a maze of pages.  Minutes are not posted immediately and once they are, there is no detail.  To really understand what happened, you must view the video – and who has 4+ hours for that? We link all documents together – from Meeting Agendas to background information – so you can get them with just one click.  If you want to get relevant press articles you can do that too!

- To provide a consistent forum to voice your thoughts about issues and happenings:

Before every Council Meeting, you will have the opportunity to let your Councilmember know how you feel about current issues by using this Website’s “Wanna Voice” feature.  We will consolidate all “votes” received and deliver them to Councilmembers before each Meeting.  This is a great way to have your voice heard!  Wanna Voice votes will not be filtered or excluded, so long as you include your name and District.

- To give citizens a forum to converse on City issues and happenings:

Let’s bring our community together in positive and civil discourse. You may use our Community Forum to communicate with each other, to voice your praise or concerns, and to learn together.

Who developed this site?

The idea for this site came from conversations between long-time Berkeley residents who care deeply about community engagement:  local Businesswoman Jacquelyn McCormick, Schools & Community Activist Sophie Hahn, Neighborhood Leader Dean Metzger, former mayor Shirley Dean, and many others.

All are committed to fostering a greater awareness and better understanding of City issues by providing unbiased, open information and delivering registered opinions to Councilmembers for their consideration.

Many people have provided valuable input already – but this Website is, and will always be, a work-in-progress.  We need and welcome your participation and suggestions for improvement.   Please email and let us know what you think!  Someone will get back to you.  This is a site of, by and for the people of Berkeley.  Thank you for using it and helping to improve it.

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