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Category: Together San Rafael

Welcome to the team!

We have had so many awesome folks join the City team in recent months, and we couldn’t be more pleased. Read on to learn about them, and please give them a warm welcome!  Welcome Juliana Cortinhas, San Rafael’s Office Aide in Community Development!  Juliana is currently a student at College of Marin pursuing an associate … Continued

City Employees Featured on GovLove Podcast

The City of San Rafael has now had two employees featured on the Engaging Local Government Leader (ELGL) “GovLove Podcast“! Most recently, San Rafael City Clerk Lindsay Lara joined the show to discuss how her office teamed up with Digital Services to set up public meetings in an age of social distancing. She also talked … Continued

TWIST Update: Gather All the Info!

During our contract management work session on Wednesday, September 4, we finalized the: Request for Proposals (RFP) Template Request for Quotations (RFQ) Template “Request for” Types description document Specifications/Scope of Work “Writing Tips” document These documents will help provide consistent, clear, helpful direction when staff are in need of procuring goods or services between $5,000 … Continued

TWIST Update: Contract Management Project Launch

After several weeks of planning TWIST met with the City Attorney’s office to discuss the proposed project timeline, strategy, and scope. Lisa Goldfien provided feedback on our recommended deliverables, roles and responsibilities were defined, and the project has officially begun! To track the details within the project we’ve created a Contract Management trello board. Here … Continued

Our Guiding Principles

In 2017, a “Guiding Principles” Working Group formed out of Together San Rafael.  After multiple rounds of feedback from employees throughout the organization, consensus emerged around six Guiding Principles. Those Guiding Principles are: Together in Service Start with Community Needs Find Something to Say Yes To Reimagine the Status Quo Practice Openness Be Mindful VERSION … Continued

2019 1st Quarter Nominations

The Employee Recognition Program has recognized exemplary employee efforts since 1991. As we settle into 2019, the Recognition Committee is excited to announce some new changes to the program. Our goal is to recognize more employees, more often! In 2019 we will be recognizing an individual of the quarter, as well as a Team / Project … Continued

Meeting with Purpose

Have you ever been in a meeting that could have been an email? Have you ever felt like a meeting was a waste of time? We are working to help change the culture of wasteful meetings and encouraging staff to respect staff time by using it wisely. We call our campaign “Meeting with Purpose,” and our … Continued

Apply for the 2018 Learning Lab

The Together San Rafael Learning Lab is a “learn-by-doing” program where cross-departmental teams learn and practice techniques for collaborative problem solving. As a participant, you will be on a team assigned to work on a specific challenge. The program starts mid-August and ends in November. More information about the program is available in the FAQ and schedule. Thank you to everyone who … Continued

Team #2 Update

The latest update from the team working on the illegal dumping topic: The city approved moving forward with our proposed plan to address the problem of public dumping through education, prevention and reporting. Seneca Systems revamped Romulus, our web based reporting and tracking software, to better capture and route illegal dumping complaints.  ***REPORTING*** PD will … Continued

Connect to Collaborate Update

The Connect to Collaborate Learning Lab team kicked off with an inaugural meeting on May 1. Fifteen people attended and participated in four different activities, while also enjoying lunch. The first exercise was a “getting-to-know-you” process called “Step-In”, followed by a discussion. The attendees then moved to a shared “Yes, and..” demo called “Vacations”, which … Continued

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