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Jan 13

7 Ways to Engage with Us

Posted on January 13, 2021 at 12:00 AM by Alyssa Adams

As a follow-up to our “7 Ways to Get in the Know in Modesto” blog, we’ve compiled seven different ways for you to engage with us. With more people involved and invested in our community, Modesto will continue to innovate and grow to meet the needs of those who live and work here.

Like and Comment on Social Media
Our Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram pages are designed to keep you updated on the latest City news. If we introduce a program you love, let us know in the comments. If you have a question about an update, ask it in the comments. We want to serve our residents, and your engagement on our pages lets us know how to do that more effectively.

Engage with Us
We have a variety of ways that allow residents to engage with us and share thoughts regarding the City and its programs. The new “Engage with Us” tab on our home page highlights at least 10 different ways for us to communicate information with residents, and we’re adding more tools soon. Discover the one best suited for you to better connect with us.

Contact Your Council Member
The City is divided into six districts, and each district elects an individual to represent them. Find your district to see who represents you. If you have a concern you would like addressed or a great idea to improve our City, you may contact your Council Member.

Use GoModesto!
GoModesto! is a tool that may be used for reporting concerns around the City, like street flooding, tagging, and illegal dumping. You are also able to share bright ideas that will improve the community and send exceptional employees a compliment.

Apply for a Seat on a Committee
The City has a number of boards, commissions, and committees (collectively called citizen advisory groups) that are critical for advising policy decisions. These groups research, study, and discuss specific issues with short- and long-term implications and forward their recommendations to the Council. Applications are reviewed as vacancies occur.

Request Public Records
Our new online request form makes it easy for residents to request and access public records. Residents are encouraged to look through previous requests, as they may answer their questions without needing to submit a new request.

Comment at a Council Meeting
Individuals are able to address the City Council in general about items not on the agenda or in response to a specific agenda item. To adhere to social distancing guidelines, individuals may email their comments to the City Clerk to be read during Council meetings or participate through Zoom. See a recent agenda for details.

Vote in Elections
The general election in November placed three new Council Members on the City Council. Because no mayoral candidate received a majority of votes, a special election will be held on February 2 to determine Modesto’s mayor for the next four years. Former Council Member Doug Ridenour and former Modesto City Schools Board Member Sue Zwahlen are the two candidates.

It is important for residents to know what is going on in their community and to feel that they are included in the discussion. If there’s a way we can better reach you that isn’t listed, please let us know. Our goal is to make it as easy as possible for you to stay informed and to encourage you to partner with us in making Modesto THE place to be.