City of Albany looking for community advisors

The City of Albany is seeking people to apply for advisory bodies.  This is a wonderful opportunity to have your voice heard on a variety of issues, serve your community and learn about local government.  There are currently seats available on the Community Media Access Committee (CMAC) and the Social and Economic Justice Commission (SEJC) as well as the Alameda County Transportation Commission Paratransit Advisory and Planning Committee (PAPCO).

CMAC is undergoing review of their purpose at this time; however one of their main tasks in the organization and running of the Albany Film Fest. They also provide recommendations regarding the allocation of funds from the franchise 1% Public Educational and Governmental Access Channel (PEG) support fee and are considering the development of a program for adult community media volunteers to create and edit video content to be utilized via City media.

The charge of SEJC is to research, analyze, discuss and evaluate a broad range of data and opinions on social and environmental issues affecting the welfare of the residents of Albany.  Recently they have made recommendations to the City Council for the implementation of the Sugar Sweetened Beverage Tax, the Community Resource Center, and a Rent Review program.

The mission of the Alameda County Transportation Commission (Alameda CTC) is to plan, fund and deliver transportation programs and projects that expand access and improve mobility to foster a vibrant and livable Alameda County. Community advisory committees make recommendations to Alameda CTC, keep a close eye on transportation improvements and engage project sponsors and community members.

I am happy to discuss any of these opportunities with you at your convenience, pmcquaid@albanyca.org.   For more information on all City advisory bodies and the application process please see http://www.albanyca.org/government/boards-commissions-committees

Thank you for considering joining one of our advisory bodies; I am sure you will find participating in local government very worthwhile.  Your personal commitment to our City is a wonderful example for your children of the value you place on community service.

Peggy McQuaid

Albany Mayor