The following COPs Program
projects have the Project Type
parameter set to Govt Oversight
How to locate an appropriate governmental body that needs oversight
To find an appropriate governmental body or official to oversee, looking up all your elected officials and government bodies using your local Registrar of Voters.
- San Diego County Registrar of Voters: http://www.sdvote.com (Click on "Your Representatives" and enter your address.)
For example, one COPs participant receives the following list for his districts:
- State and Federal Officials - These need oversight but you probably can't go to the meetings, and there are other groups who routinely monitor these representatives
- 36TH SENATORIAL DIST - State Senator
- 52ND CONGRESSIONAL DIST - Federal House of Representatives
- 77TH ASSEMBLY DIST - State Assembly
- Local Government - These govt bodies desperately need oversight, with many having no one at all routinely reviewing their operation
- 2ND SUPERVISORIAL DIST - County Board of Supervisors
- 3RD BD OF EQUAL DIST - Board of Equalization (tax board)
- 3RD CO BD OF EDUCATION - County Board of Education
- CAJON VALLEY UNION SCHL
- GROSSMONT CUY COMM COLLEGE
- GROSSMONT HEALTHCARE DISTRICT
- GROSSMONT UN HIGH SCHL
- HELIX WTR IRR - 2 DIV
- RCD OF GREATER SD CO - County Recorder
- SAN MIGUEL FIRE PROT
- SD CO WATER AUTHORITY
- VALLE DE ORO COMM PLAN - Community planning group
- Judicial - These are relatively difficult to provide oversight and are not recommended for COPs participants.
- EL CAJON JUDICIAL
- SUPERIOR COURT OF CALIFORNIA
- And there are many more that are not listed here, such as CERT - Community Emergency Response Teams, etc. and combined bodies, such as:
- LAFCO - San Diego Local Agency Formation Commission (LAFCO) is a state chartered regulatory agency
- SANDAG - San Diego Association of Governments
To find out when and where the groups meet, more information is available from the County, City, or State that has jurisdiction over each group. Find out when and where they meet, get the agenda if you can before the meeting, and start going. Make yourself a fixture at the meeting. Remember that you have the right to see any documents they are working on, including detailed agendas prior to and during the meeting.
You don't have to be in the respective district to attend the meeting and provide oversight. All members of the public have equal rights in the meeting, and in some ways, it is easier if you have no obvious financial interest in the outcome.
It is a good idea to introduce yourself to the chair prior to the meeting so there is no confusion about the fact that you are with COPs and are there to provide citizen oversight. Don't abuse your power as a citizen, particularly when working with volunteer bodies, such as the community planning groups.
If you have any further questions, please contact Raymond Lutz
, COPs Coordinator.