City Club’s distinguished and time-honored research program enlists Club members in rigorous research, analysis and writing to produce unbiased analyses of some of the most complex issues facing our city, region and state. Volunteering for a City Club research committee requires a serious commitment of time and energy, but the rewards are great. Volunteers interact with key stakeholders and decision-makers, gain a deeper understanding of regional affairs and often positively influence public policy.
Since 1920, City Club members have prepared over 900 ballot measure and comprehensive reports on a wide variety of topics including land-use planning, health care, education, environment, government, transportation, taxation and more. While the Club's short ballot measure reports provide useful guidance for voters, its lengthier comprehensive reports serve as a resource for community leaders and active citizens developing or evaluating policy initiatives or searching for historical data. The Club’s expanding body of knowledge of public issues is a staple for journalists and is frequently cited in local media.
After a carefully screening process to avoid conflicts of interest, City Club members conduct the research and write the reports. Following a public debate, City Club members determine by vote whether the study committee’s conclusions and recommendations should become official policy positions of the Club. Regardless of the outcome of the vote, the work of City Club remains in the public realm as a stimulus for thoughtful discussion. City Club members also participate in follow-up advocacy activities that can serve as a powerful force for civic change.