Open Town Hall
Your Chance to Engage
Thank you for participating in the Open Town Hall Priorities 2015-2016 Outreach. We received nearly 200 visitors and nearly 100 responses. The City Council used the information to seed their Goals Workshop held on May 6. Your feedback was valuable to the Council's discussion of where to apply their focus over the next several years.
We will be using Open Town Hall to engage in continued outreach on a variety of topics. With the closing of the Priorities 2015-2018, we've added two more!
When an emergency occurs, the Town uses multiple channels to relay information to the community. These range from the low-tech (e.g. signs posted along the street) to the latest social media apps. Here are the major ways the ways the Town communicates during an emergency:
- www.ci.atherton.ca.us (the Town's website)
- News Flashes (the Town's News Flashes)
- Telephonic Notice (robocall)
- Facebook and Twitter
- County Reverse 911 (emergency alerting system)
Do you use any or all of the above? Have one outlet you like best? Staff are interested in learning more about how residents prefer to receive their emergency communications.
Visit....Emergency Communications...and let us know!
Improving Public Outreach and Communications
The Town has a philosophy of using multiple touchpoints in public communication and outreach. We have a Facebook page, a Twitter feed, we are on NextDoor, and Youtube, we have a weekly electronic newsletter (Atherton Online), we have quarterly print newsletter (The Athertonian), we send out regular electronic News Flashes on hot-topics by Department to which you can subscribe, I write a semi-regular City Manager's Blog, Council Meetings are recorded and rebroadcast on public access cable, we send out print notices, flyers, and letters, we host neighborhood and town-wide outreach meetings, the Mayor has "Office Hours," and of course, we have webpage and email - and I'm sure I've missed something.
But still, even with all of that - we sometimes manage to miss you. So, I'm evaluating our current public communication and outreach methods, with the goal of doing the best job possible in informing and engaging the community about important topics, Town services and initiatives, and programs that may be of interest.
Please take a moment, visit...Enhancing Public Communications & Outreach...and take a short survey...tell us what is working, what could be improved, and what is missing.
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