Advocate Editorial Board opinion: Take a look at what makes Victoria work

By the Advocate Editorial Board
Jan. 1, 2014 at 8:01 p.m.
Updated Dec. 31, 2013 at 7:01 p.m.

Running a city is a difficult, complex business. Residents rely on the various parts of the local government to set and enforce reasonable rules, provide reliable infrastructure and services and to always work in the best interest of the people.

It takes a lot of planning and coordination between different offices and departments to effectively run a city. But residents often don't know what goes on behind the scenes every day. Thankfully, the city of Victoria offers a way for residents to gain more perspective.

On Jan. 9, the city's eighth Citizens Academy will begin. It will be every Thursday evening through March 6. "The Citizens Academy is a free program designed to educate residents about city services, improve communications between city government and its residents and to encourage residents to participate in city government," Jennifer Sourdellia, communications assistant with the city, said in a previous column.

We applaud the city for offering this free service to the community. By allowing residents to see how their local government works, the city is helping by not only providing perspective to everyday citizens, but it is also inspiring people to get involved. When a person sees how something works - especially something as important in his or her daily life as the city government - that new perspective can inspire a new passion. In time, the people who attend these academies and take advantage of the chance to educate themselves on our city government could become future leaders of our community.

We encourage residents to take advantage of this free offer from the city. It is open to residents age 21 and older and will be held in Room 204 at 700 Main Center from 6 to 8:15 p.m. for most of the sessions. The class will also have a few sessions in other locations, such as the Victoria Public Library, the Surface Water Treatment Plant, the police station, the Emergency Operations Center and the Fire Training Facility. The academy has spots for only 20 people, so register quickly with the city by filling out an application on the city's website.

This is a great opportunity for anyone who is interested in learning how the city of Victoria functions. Our hometown is run by many different people filling all kinds of roles and meeting a variety of needs. Go see it in action. You never know what you might learn.

This editorial reflects the views of the Victoria Advocate's editorial board.



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