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Town Communications and Civic Engagement

The City Council has identified the goal of communicating Town news and information internally and externally in a timely, cohesive, and proactive manner, so that residents are well informed and able to access information pertaining to the Town. We encourage open, two-way communication and public involvement in the decision-making processes. 

We want you to stay informed about news and information important to you, and we want to hear from you with questions, comments, or whatever is on your mind.  How can we improve?

How YOU can stay informed:
Engagement  How it Works
Public Meetings The Town and its various Committees and Commission serve to represent the residents of Atherton. These groups gather, synthesize, and analyze information relevant to their areas of responsibility and provide the City Council and staff with advice. The Council and staff rely on this advice for the development and execution of Town policies.

All public meetings can be found on the Town Calendar. Videos of public meetings can be accessed on our YouTube Channel.
Notify Me Notify Me is a tool that allows users to pick and choose from departments for the information you wish to receive. You can sign up for text notifications or email notifications. To receive the weekly email (a conglomeration of various Department news) from the Town sign up for Atherton Online under the Notify Me Tab.
Town Website
Check here first for news, events, FAQs and other information related to Town programs and services.
Archive Center The Archive Center is a repository of records and documents on the Town's website. Here you will find archives of the Town's budgets, Annual Audits, newsletters, agendas & minutes, CalPERS Actuarials and Valuations, Forms related to Elections, Labor Contracts, Mayoral Correspondence, and more. 
City Manager's Blog
The City Manager's Blog is an online educational tool to provide general information to the community in an open communication style.
Peak Democracy / Open Town Hall
Peak Democracy is a civic engagement tool/resource that allows the Town to facilitate public engagement by focusing on feedback from Atherton residents.
Open Gov The Town engages OpenGov to assist with provide the public an opportunity to manipulate budget data. Through Atherton's Financial Data Transparency Portal users can view financial data based on the current budget or up to the current month. The users can manipulate the data and drill down to finite details or scale up to the big pictures. Users can also download the data as an excel spreadsheet.
Nextdoor Nextdoor is a private neighborhood website where residents share information such as neighborhood pubic safety issues, community events and activities, local services, referrals and lost pet information.

Additionally, the Town utilizes Nextdoor to push Town news to the various Nextdoor neighborhoods.
Mailings The Town develops and mails an attractive newsletter called The Athertonian four times a year to all residents. The newsletter includes information about new police officer hires, elections, town accomplishments, projects, meetings and much more! To view past editions of the Atherton visit the Archive Center.

In addition, the Town sends various postcards and other town-wide mailings when there is important news or meetings to publicize.

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How to Get in Touch with Us

Contact Us - Webpage lists all Town Departments including email addresses and phone numbers.
Report a Concern - Use this to report a concern. (Only for non-emergency concerns) Dial 9-1-1 for emergencies
I want to... - Webpage gives you shortcuts to helpful information, forms and more. 
Departments - Contact Individual Departments

Need more information? Check out our Committees and Commission Page. Here you can find information on how to participate in local decision making.