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Behind-the-Scenes Peek at City Government Offered in Glendale University Classes


Glendale University 101, a 10-session program sponsored by Cox Communications which offers a behind-the-scenes look at how city government works, is now accepting applications through Friday, February 20th to attend classes that begin Wednesday, March 4th.

Glendale residents and those who own businesses in the city can sign up for Glendale University 101 (GU) to learn more about city government directly from the mayor, council members, city manager, and top city staff. In the 19 years since the program was started, more than 930 people have attended.

The program’s continued popularity is credited to the one-on-one interactions among attendees and the core curriculum that focuses on everything from the city courts to utilities.

“Glendale University is a unique opportunity to meet the city’s decision makers and talk about everyone’s role in our local democracy,” said organizer Kathy Curley, Community Services Department.

GU 101 classes are held 6 to 9 p.m. Wednesdays, starting March 4th through May 6th. The series kicks-off with a night of getting to know your Mayor and Council Members. Subsequent sessions cover the inner workings of a variety of city services, including public safety, city court, public works, community services, finance and budget, and much more.

The classes, which are free, are limited in size to encourage interaction between attendees and the elected officials and city staff who teach each unit.

  • Click here to download the spring list of courses.

To participate in Glendale University, you must be 16 or older, a resident of Glendale or own a business in Glendale. Attendees who complete eight of the ten GU 101 classes and attend a City Council meeting will be honored on the final night, May 6th, at the graduation ceremony. 

Early registration is encouraged, as only a limited number of seats are available. Registrations for Glendale University 101 are due by Feb. 20, 2015.

For more information, please email or call Gwen Benoit at 623-930-3554.

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Free HOA Training with Glendale HOA Academy

Are you looking for advice on how to run your neighborhood HOA? Don’t miss out on this unique opportunity to speak with specialists in the field. This is a free training series, offered by the City of Glendale Neighborhood Services, in partnership with Mulcahy Law Firm, P.C. Serving on a homeowners’ association board will require a wide range of knowledge and expertise, most of which you will have to learn on the job. Get ahead of the curve with these relevant and industry specific classes. Helping build a knowledge base and the pool of willing residents is the motivation behind this free HOA training series. The series of four classes are free to Glendale residents; when space allows, non-residents may attend, paying a $20 fee.

Registration is required. Contact 623-930-2820 and use code #474099-02. All classes take place on Tuesdays from 5:30 - 7 p.m. in the Palo Verde Room of the Glendale Adult Center, 5970 W. Brown Street, Glendale, 85302.

  • How to Amend Association Documents and Successful Boards of Directors
    February 17, 2015
    Do your association’s CC&Rs and bylaws contain unclear or contradictory language; developer language long after the developer is gone and/or provisions that conflict with Arizona and federal law?  If you answered yes to one of these questions, your association’s documents may need to be amended. This class will teach an easy to follow 5-step process for amending association documents.  Additionally, participants will learn what successful boards should do to assure that the association’s business is conducted in an efficient and professional manner. The legal duties of the board of directors including roles and responsibilities and fiduciary duty will be covered. This seminar will also cover the many duties of both the president and vice president such as acting as the official spokesperson for the board and the association, following governing documents, adhering to his/her fiduciary duty, planning and conducting board meetings. A Q&A session conducted by a Mulcahy Law Firm, P.C. attorney will follow the presentation.

  • Reserve Studies
    February 24, 2015

    Planning for the future monetary needs/replacements required by an association’s physical components (fences, roof replacements, clubhouse requirements, etc.) is the basis for a reserves study. A specialist working in the reserves industry will explain what a reserve study consists of, how it is performed and how it is used to assist the board of directors in planning for the future up-keep of the community association common areas. A Q&A will be conducted by an experienced reserves studies specialist following the presentation.

  • How to Select and Work Effectively with a Management Company
    March 3, 2015
    Selecting and working with a management company is a major function of the board of directors.  The bidding process, questions to ask of the management company and how to determine the best candidate will be covered. We will also cover key points on how to best work with your management company. A Q&A will be conducted by an experienced management company professional following the presentation.

  • Conducting a Successful Board and Annual Meeting & Arizona’s Open Meeting Law
    March 10, 2015
    All regular board and annual meetings of the association are governed by the Arizona Open Meeting Law (A.R.S. 33-1804 / Condo A.R.S. 33-1248) and must be held in Arizona. This seminar will teach attendees the proper planning, agenda preparation and procedure for conducting regular and annual meetings. We will cover the annual meeting processes from notification, nominations, registration of members and voting. Tips for parliamentary procedure, how to take and manage meeting minutes, emergency meetings, telephone quorums, quorums and suggestions for video and tape recording of board meetings will be addressed. A Q&A session conducted by a Mulcahy Law Firm, P.C. attorney will follow the presentation.
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