ERIC Number: ED222434
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1979-Sep
Reference Count: 0
Citizen Participation in Santa Barbara City and County. A Study of Three Citizen Advisory Boards.
Three citizen advisory boards, designed to advise elected officials on how federal money should be spent locally, were examined. The Comprehensive Employment and Training Act (CETA) Planning Council, the Citizen's Task Force on Community Development Block Grants (two groups mandated by federal legislation), and the Human Services Commission (a group established by the Santa Barbara County Board of Supervisors) were studied. Objectives were to study what works to determine if the intent of the legislation as it pertains to citizen participation was being implemented, to determine what value and impact citizen participation has had on funding levels and/or patterns of spending in the federal program, and to make recommendations. Meetings and hearings of all three boards were observed and interviews were conducted with board members and staffs and with clients/consumers of the three programs. Background information on each board's structure and composition, their patterns of funding recommendations, and evidence on the impact they have had on funding were all gathered. General recommendations are that the public should be informed about advisory board roles, non-functioning members of advisory boards should be replaced, and industry, unions, and business should be urged to give released time for employees serving on governmental advisory boards. (Author/RM)
Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Mott (C.S.) Foundation, Flint, MI.; Field Foundation, New York, NY.
Authoring Institution: Center for Community Education and Citizen Participation, Santa Barbara, CA.