The Public Information arm of the City Manager's Office is charged with disseminating accurate and timely information to residents, businesses, and other governmental agencies and to receive the input of these groups on a number of topics. It is an important tool in educating our citizens about City programs, policies, procedures, and projects in the areas of economic development, public safety, human services, finance, or public works. Communicating effectively with the public involves our citizens in their local government, inviting them into the governmental process. It brings our chamber of commerce, schools, businesses, and citizens into a partnership with us in promoting, developing, and improving the quality of life in Newark. A variety of media are used in getting the word out to the public. These include print, radio, television, and public appearances.
Print:A quarterly Citywide newsletter, the NewarkNews, is distributed to all residents and businesses. The NewarkNews highlights current City projects, development, and public safety issues. It keeps citizens apprised of any changes in the solid waste collection and cable television franchises, street construction and maintenance schedules, recreational and cultural events, and fiscal issues, and acknowledges outstanding contributions to the livelihood of the City.
Radio:The City's 1610 am traveler's radio station broadcasts safety, health, and emergency messages. It will be a primary source of information to the public in the event of a major disaster, such as an earthquake. Newark was the first East Bay city to have such a radio station, and it was used to alert the public of safety hazards following the Loma Prieta Earthquake in 1989 and for other less dramatic emergencies up to the present time.
Cable Television: All City Council, Planning Commission, and School Board meetings are cablecast live over the City Government Channel. City Council meetings are held the second and fourth Thursdays of the month, beginning at 7:30 pm. Planning Commission meetings are held the Tuesday before the second and fourth Thursdays of the month, beginning at 7:00 pm. School Board meetings are held the first and third Tuesdays of the month, beginning at 7:30 pm. Agendas are cablecast prior to the meetings.
A team comprised of Public Information Officers from the Police Department, the Fire Department, and the City Manager's Office has been developed and will work together using these media sources to get the word out to the public in the event of a major emergency.
Public Appearances: The City, in cooperation with the Newark Chamber of Commerce, showcases Newark's businesses, non-profit organizations, and City services at the annual People, Pride, and Progress event, held each September in conjunction with Newark Days. This event is visited by 50,000+ people, and provides an excellent way for the City to meet its citizens and to describe our services, answer questions and receive comments, and announce upcoming events.
The City sponsors a number of events, such as the Volunteer of the Year program, the Alameda County Mayors Conference, and the annual Business Appreciation Luncheon, and has an active relationship with its sister city, Newark-on-Trent, England, and with the non-profit Newark Sister City Association.