Commentary: Talk on the Block!


Mayor Heather Moreno and the members of the Atascadero Chamber of Commerce recently developed a terrific idea for City Staff and Council Members to meet with local citizens in an informal, town hall type setting, to share information and learn from our residents what’s on their minds. As the City Council is always seeking more ways to connect with the members of the community, they have fully embraced the plan. The Chamber of Commerce is now sponsoring and working with the City to implement this idea, which has been dubbed “Talk on the Block”.

The first round of our Talk on the Block sessions will begin later this month.  These will be very casual gatherings held at various locations throughout the community, with the City coming to a neighborhood near you. At each of these meetings, City staff will first give a short presentation about the City. Residents will be able to learn more about what’s currently going on in their community and can also give input and ask questions about any topic related to the City of Atascadero.

Along with City Staff, some or all of the City Council members may attend to learn from the community, but no council discussion or decisions will be made at these meetings. They will be informal, information-sharing-and-gathering sessions only, for residents to learn about the City and their own community, and for City staff and Council members to learn from residents about what’s on their minds.

Each of these neighborhood meetings will begin at 6 p.m.  The first round of these Talk on the Block sessions are scheduled to be held as follows: 

Wednesday, May 29 — South Atascadero — Atascadero United Methodist Church at 11605 El Camino Real.

Thursday, May 30 — North Atascadero — Atascadero Community Church at 5850 Rosario Ave.

Tentatively Tuesday, June 4 — East Atascadero — location to be determined

Tentatively Wednesday, June 5 — West Atascadero — location to be determined

Please watch for additional information from the Chamber and the City, including the location for the June 5th meeting which is still to be determined. 

These informal and informational gatherings are not limited by neighborhood and we hope Atascadero residents take whichever of these opportunities is most convenient, to share their ideas and to ask questions about our community. Please plan to join us for one or more of these new Talk on the Block sessions; we hope to see you soon!

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