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The tool aims to ensure decision-making better reflects the diversity of the city and, as well as increase transparency, the mayor believes it will help to chart a new course for San Diego.
The mayor of San Diego is launching a tool to encourage citizen participation on boards and commissions that make policy decisions on key city issues.
The website, called OnBoard, offers residents an opportunity to more easily volunteer their services on matters that help to improve the city. As well as improve diversity of voices and thought, the site also helps the city achieve its access and transparency goals.
Prior to the launch of the website, those who expressed an interest in wanting to join a board or commission would experience a response wait time of up to two years but it is hoped the system will greatly speed up the process.
“With a new website and management tools, we are able to effectively build out a system that allows us to collect data and move expeditiously in getting vacancies filled – ensuring that the seats filled reflect the diversity of our city,” said Matthew Gordon, director of boards and commissions.
“Creating a city for all of us is not the job or responsibility of one person; we need the help of everyone”
The 46 boards and commissions, advise and help make important policy decisions on topics including arts, finance, public parks, policing and more. The project has been implemented by the Office of Boards and Commissions, in partnership with the Office of the City Clerk.
At onboard.sandiego.gov residents can learn about the various boards and commissions, view vacancies and expiration dates, and apply for open positions.
The management tool will allow staff to receive and manage applications online, track membership over time and across boards, generate reports related to term expirations and vacancies, and securely store and manage membership data.
“Creating a city for all of us is not the job or responsibility of one person; we need the help of everyone,” said mayor Todd Gloria. “I know there are many passionate San Diegans who want to make our city a better place.
“We are able to effectively build out a system that allows us to collect data and move expeditiously in getting vacancies filled – ensuring that the seats filled reflect the diversity of our city”
“There’s no better way to express that passion than to step forward, volunteer your talents, and make a real difference as we work together to chart a new course for San Diego.”
Launch of the tool follows Gloria’s appointment of Kim Desmond to serve as the city’s first chief race and equity officer earlier this month, as part of his continuing efforts to ensure the City is making decisions with a focus on equity.
Desmond will play a leading role in driving a citywide strategy to advance and implement diversity, equity, and inclusion practices into the City’s culture and its programmes, services and policies.