For Anona Sobczak, it started with a photo. The Provo woman was reading a post on Provo Mayor John Curtis’s blog when she noticed a photo of a breakfast meeting the mayor had with a group of involved residents — none of whom were women. (It turned out that three women were invited, and one came after the photo was taken.)
Sobczak emailed Curtis to find out where the women were, and after exchanging messages ended up scheduling the mayor for a meeting at her house to talk to other women about getting — and keeping — women involved in Provo.
“I’m concerned women are not being involved. … I want to make sure this is a good place to raise girls,” said Sobczak, who has three daughters.
“I’m concerned women are not being involved. … I want to make sure this is a good place to raise girls.” —Anona Sobczak, Provo resident
And his response for how to get involved in Provo — check out the list on his blog. If you want to help shape who’s on the city council or who represents the city at the state level, get involved in a political campaign, Curtis said. If you have a concern about a specific issue, the best thing to do is contact the city council rep for your district or one of the two citywide council members (find the list and contact information at provo.org). And if you need an answer to a Provo City question, like what’s going on at Center Street and 200 East, dial 311.
Now that she’s involved, Sobczak is writing a neighborhood blog (joaquinprovo.blogspot.com) and starting a committee to clean up properties in the Joaquin Neighborhood — including trash pickup, tree planting. She’ll be asking people to sign up at a neighborhood party in June.