Student Government Day

The 2019 Student Government Day (SGD) event participation application will be available soon - keep checking our webpage for updated information.  For questions regarding SGD please email Oscar Flores ( / Daisy Moreno ( or call (562) 806-7654.





Important Dates

Application opens: March 19
Application deadline: March 29
Final student list: April 11
Student Government day: April 11


Student Government Day Pictures


Follow us on Instagram this Student Government Day. Students are encouraged to post pictures with no comments. Prizes awarded to top 3 pics - Pictures must show something related to SGD.


Frequently Asked Questions

  1. What is the goal of Student Government Day? The event gives selected Bell Gardens High School seniors a firsthand understanding of city/municipal government. Students will have the opportunity to attend interactive and informative sessions presented by all City of Bell Gardens Departments.
  2. How will I know if I've been selected? After the application deadline, Recreation Department staff will carefully review all applications and select a limited number of students. A list of selected students will be posted on this webpage - it will also be emailed to you and BGHS Administration. 
  3. How will I know which session to attend? Participating students will be placed groups. All groups will rotate from session to session - guided by City staff.
  4. How long is the event? The event begins at 8:30am and will end at approximately 1:15pm.
  5. Where do I check-in the morning of the event? Check-in is at 7:15am in front of Bell Gardens High School (6119 Agra St.).
  6. How will I know which bus to board? Buses will pick up students in front of Bell Gardens High School on the event day.  City staff will inform you as to which bus to board.  You must board the same bus at the end of the day.
  7. Can I drive to the event? No. Transportation will be provided throughout the day.  Attendance is taken as you board the bus, therefore we need all students to use our transportation.
  8. What should I bring? Program materials will be provided for you. You may bring a notebook and pen or pencil.
  9. Will food be provided at the event? Continental breakfast (juice, fruit, granola bars & water) will be provided at morning check-in. Lunch will be provided at the Bicycle Hotel & Casino at approximately 12:00pm.
  10. Will I be able to hang out with my friend/s? We encourage you to network, meet new people and ask questions. It is likely that your friends will be assigned to a different group, but don't worry you can sit with them during the luncheon.
  11. Please be respectful to all speakers by giving them your undivided attention (silence your cell phones).


Dress Code

Student Government Day dress code is business casual.  For your convenience we've included some samples of appropriate attire.  We highly recommend that females wear flats instead of high heels - you will be walking quite a bit.



What not to wear:

  1. Revealing Clothes: Male or Female - Button your shirt to the top and ladies should be conscious of skirt length.
  2. Excesive Jewelry: Too much jewelry may be distracting. Earrings and necklaces should be small and simple.
  3. Baggy Clothes: Wear clothes that are tailored to fit you appropriately.
  4. Hats: Hats are unprofessional - please do not wear.
  5. Denim: Also unprofessional attire for the workplace.
  6. iPods or Headphones: Leave these at home to allow you to focus on the event activities.
  7. Graphic T-Shirts: These are inappropriate for the program.


City of Bell Gardens Local Government 101

How does the City of Bell Gardens local government operate?

  1. The City of Bell Gardens uses a Council-Manager system – 5 City Council representatives elected to four-year terms by popular majority vote of Bell Gardens residents.
  2. The Mayor has all the powers and duties of a City Council Member with a vote but no veto power.
  3. The Mayor presides at all City Council meetings and is the official representative of Bell Gardens.
  4. The Mayor's signature must be affixed to all warrants, contracts and conveyances entered into by the City along with Ordinances and Resolutions.
  5. The Mayor & Mayor Pro-Tem are selected from among the Council Members in November of each year.
  6. City Manager serves at the pleasure of the City Council to administer the City’s affairs and to carry out policies established by the City Council.
  7. City is divided into 7 departments – City Administration, City Clerk, Police, Public Works, Finance & Administrative Services, Community Development, and Recreation & Community Services
  8. L.A. County provides Fire, paramedic and library services
  9. Southeast Area Animal Control Authority (SEAACA) provides animal control services
  10. City Manager meets with the various department heads & reports to council. Official reports are prepared by City staff (department heads)
  11. Department Heads obtain info & reports from subordinate staff
  12. City Commissions advise City Council on issues related to specific topics. They serve to represent the community and make policy recommendations to the City Council
  13. The City Council meets every second and fourth Monday which convenes at 5:00 p.m. for Executive Closed Session with the regular meeting commencing at 6:00 p.m. in the City Hall Council Chambers

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