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Understanding Your City

The City of Brea is excited to offer a new community engagement program, Engage Brea, Understanding Your City! The City faces many exciting opportunities in the years ahead. To enhance community input and involvement, the City offers, Engage Brea as a tool to connect with your local City government and further understand your City. This program is ideal for those interested in an opportunity to engage further with your local government and gain beneficial knowledge about how the City government is organized and managed. It also seeks to encourage citizen involvement, input, and participation in the various City projects, committees, and commissions.

Engage Brea is a six-week program that will be held once per year, hosted by the City, in partnership with California State University, Fullerton Professor Scott Spitzer, Ph.D., Associate Professor of Political Science. This unique opportunity will provide participants a general overview of City operations, departments, and external agencies that affect our community. This program will offer one-on-one experiences with City staff, local elected officials, and academic leadership to promote community engagement and offer beneficial skills and knowledge to address community issues and work together for the enhancement of our community.

Participants will meet once per week on Wednesday evenings from 6-7:30 p.m., usually at the Brea Civic & Cultural Center, with a couple of meetings held at offsite City facilities in Brea. 

All members of the Brea community, 16 years or older, are invited to participate. We welcome all segments of the community to participate, including those with varied educational and cultural backgrounds, and future leaders interested in local government participation. The program is not restricted to Brea residents; however, residents will be given a pre-registration opportunity.

At the end of the program, participants will be encouraged to attend the May 17 Brea City Council Meeting to be recognized with a certificate of completion and their names listed on the City’s website, below, as graduates of the course. One absence is excused to be recognized with program completion.

2022 Engage Brea

It is important to plan to attend all six weeks as resources are prepared and reserved for program participants.

This year’s program begins Wednesday, April 6, will meet once a week for six evenings and is free of charge. Sessions will be scheduled from 6 – 7:30 p.m. with each week focusing on different aspects of the City with presentations, analysis, and discussions from a variety of Brea’s government leaders.

All seats have been reserved. Further applications will be placed on a waiting list and you will be contacted should a seat become available for you. Thank you very much for your interest!

The 2022 class is currently full and no longer accepting applications.

COVID-19 Adult Waiver

COVID-19 Minor Waiver

Week 1 - General Government (2022) PowerPoint

Week 2: Administrative Services Department (2022) PowerPoint

Week 2: Community Services Department (2022) PowerPoint

Week 3: Community Development Department (2022) PowerPoint

Week 4: Public Works Department (2022) PowerPoint

Week 5: Police Department (2022) PowerPoint

Week 6: Fire Department (2022) PowerPoint

Congratulations 2022 Engage Brea Graduates

Nafisa  Aly 

James McDaniel

Chris Carlson 

Steve Pinzon

Sophie Cook

Joel Brendon Placencia

Cooper Cuya

Michelle Prokop

Geoffrey Engel

Neli Raya

Marietta Fonseca

Catrice Allen Reese

Bernardo Fonseca

Cliff Riddlebarger

Scott Graves

Mary Lou Riddlebarger

JeNelle Haugen

Kelly Rogers

Edmund Ie

Linda Shay

Joan Kawase

Diane Stites

Thomas Kwan 

Greg Vrablik

Tomasita Mageno 

Robert Warkenton 

Mary Martinez

Kari Windes