Last Friday, my post “Movement” ended with a mention that last weekend was our last chance to apply for a seat on one of the city’s many “BCCs”: boards, commissions, and committees. The deadline had been Sunday at 11:59 p.m., but unfortunately over the weekend the city’s website experienced some technical issues rendering parts of it inaccessible — including the parts that describe the various BCCs, and, more importantly, the application itself. I know of at least one person who attempted to apply on Sunday, but was unable to do so due to the issues with the website.
Fortunately, the city has acknowledged the problem and has agreed to a slight extension of the deadline, to Tuesday, May 24, at 11:59 p.m. As I write this, the website is still experiencing difficulties, but the city has provided an alternate link to the application page: https://form.jotform.com/213005159054143.
If you, too, intended to apply but were unable to, or if you were on the fence but are now thinking that you want to help out, click the above link and apply for one of the city’s many BCCs. Note that most BCCs are open to anyone who is a Redwood City resident, who is eligible to vote, and who is at least 18 years old. A select few, such as the Architectural Advisory Committee, have some additional requirements (members of that committee have to have some experience in architecture or design).
So many of us just sit on the sidelines and complain, to little avail. Joining one of the city’s BCCs can be a relatively easy way to have a real (although admittedly somewhat small) impact on how the city functions.