Join Santa Cruz Civil Grand Jury 2

Join Santa Cruz Civil Grand Jury 2


I think the ad was basically like “Civil
Grand Jury, taking applications. Send application to courthouse.” Saw it in the newspaper and went, “I should
do that!” I think that there is a responsibility that
everybody has to participate in their community. And so I got the summons, decided to come down
and learn a little bit more about it. When I got the summons in the mail, I looked
up the grand jury on the county web page, and got really interested. I was hooked. It was the opportunity to use my experience
to make a contribution to the community. If you’ve ever thought, “this is not the
right way to do it,” sitting on the grand jury might help you do it. If you’re willing to learn, if you’re
interested in learning, if you want to understand how government works if you want to understand more about your
community, if you’re curious about how things work, and you have felt that maybe it’s hard to
have a voice in what’s going on, here’s your chance to have a voice. When you’re working for local government,
of course you see areas where there could be improvement, where things need to change a little bit, but with the grand jury, this is one of the
few instruments we have, in which just a normal citizen can come in and make a difference. I think it’s a great opportunity to really
learn about the inner workings of local government, and what’s going on in our community. When you live somewhere, I think what greater
value could you have than really learning about how your community works. What the grand jury does is really important,
and it’s a commitment to community service that I think is unlike any other. There’s only 19 of us. We come together in a very special way, as
a team, to be the voice of the community. You can’t get any more unique than that. I can honestly say some of the best friends
I’ll have for the rest of my life came from the grand jury. People have skills that they don’t know
they have, and all of us have opinions, all of us have views, all of us have experiences,
and we can contribute that as a grand juror. So I would say, if you have any interest whatsoever,
please apply to be a grand juror. Go find the grand jurors, talk to them, and
sign up, and come out for it, apply. It’s an experience that
you won’t forget.

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