Letter: Applications open for civil grand juryYou might make a good grand juror if you can answer "yes" to the following questions:
Are you a good listener? Are you interested in trying to increase the efficiency of local government and save taxpayer dollars? Are you willing to serve without personal gain or hidden agendas? Have you the stamina to commit yourself to a full year of productive work? Can you keep a secret? Can you cooperate with 18 other diverse personalities? Can you ask thoughtful questions, review documents, and help write lucid reports?
Can you chair a committee? Can you devote a minimum of 20 hours of service per week?
If you can say "yes" to all of the above questions, the San Mateo County Civil Grand Jury invites you to apply for its 2012-2013 term.
Applications are now available and are accepted until April 3, 2012. The next term begins July 1, 2012, and ends June 30, 2013.
Any resident of San Mateo County for more than one year, who is a citizen of the United States, 18 or older, of sound judgment and good character, with sufficient knowledge of the English language, is eligible for selection by the Honorable Richard C. Livermore of the San Mateo County Superior Court. Elected public officials are not eligible.
The court encourages all interested individuals to apply. The court strives to obtain a cross section of the county population. After the completion of an interview process by Judge Livermore, jurors will be selected through a random draw.
Application forms can be obtained by writing Grand Jury Clerk, Court Executive Office, 400 County Center, Redwood City, CA 94063 or telephoning 650-599-1200. If you have questions you may contact me: Mickie650@aol.com.
Mickie Winkler, Menalto Avenue, Menlo Park
Editor's Note: Mickie Winkler is a member of the current grand jury and is a former member of the Menlo Park City Council.