In the central San Joaquin Valley there are dozens of local government meetings happening each week. These range from district-level meetings, city council and committee meetings, and extend all the way to the county board of supervisors and beyond.

In California, the law requires that these meetings be held in a publicly-accessible space where anyone can drop in and share their opinions.

If you’ve ever wondered how you can get involved and share your input on an upcoming agenda item or community matter — this guide answers some common questions to more effectively engage in local decisions.