Cordova High Student Appointed to City’s Community Enhancement Fund Oversight Board
Mason Trujillo, a junior at Cordova High School, was appointed as the At-large Student Appointee for the City of Rancho Cordova’s Community Enhancement Fund Oversight Board. Photo courtesy City of Rancho Cordova
RANCHO CORDOVA, CA (MPG) - With the school year winding down, you would expect most high school students to start looking forward to relaxing during the upcoming summer break. With no classes or other academic obligations and no co-curricular activities to organize, lounging by the pool or enjoying time with friends should be top of mind. What you don’t expect is for a high school junior to use this period to seek out ways in which he can learn more about local government and how he can get involved with his city. But Mason Trujillo, a junior at Cordova High School, is not your typical high school student.
“Being more involved in the community is what interests me,” said Mason. “After going to some city council meetings, I’m pretty interested in it.”
And that passion for learning about government and the role it plays in serving the community isn’t anything new to Mason.
“Next year I’ll be running my fourth year in student government, and so I’ve always been involved in the bigger picture within the school, and I thought this was an opportunity to get involved in the bigger picture with the city,” he said.
Recently, Mason was appointed as the At-large Student Appointee for the City of Rancho Cordova’s Community Enhancement Fund Oversight Board. Along with five other members, Mason and his colleagues were recently sworn in at City Hall, where they will provide an extra layer of oversight when it comes to monitoring the voter-approved Community Enhancement Fund and providing feedback and recommendations to city staff.
Along with supporting transparency and accountability, the members of the Community Enhancement Fund Oversight Board will:
· Review the accomplishments achieved with CEF dollars for each fiscal year to be highlighted in the annual CEF Citizen Report and provide feedback to staff.
· Confirm the amount of revenues received in the prior fiscal year in comparison to the budget.
· Review actual expenditures to ensure that they were in alignment with the CEF grant awards and budget allocation approved by the City Council.
· Review each CEF grantee’s compliance with the city’s reporting requirements and make recommendations to exclude noncomplying organizations from future award cycles to the City Council for consideration.
· Any amended or additional responsibilities as determined by a majority vote of the full city council.
Each board member serves two years with the at-large student appointee serving one year. The members of the recently appointed Community Enhancement Fund Oversight Board include: Nica Gauff (Chair), Lee Frechette (Vice Chair), Andrew Carhart, Eunie Linden, Patricia “Trish” Medina and Mason Trujillo (At-large Student Appointee).
For more information on the city’s Community Enhancement Fund, please visit www.CityofRanchoCordova.org/CommunityEnhancementFund.