Mesa City Hall came to the people on Saturday. Officials from 20 city departments gathered inside Mesa's Fiesta Mall for the second "City Hall at the Mall" event.
Outside in the parking lot, a fire truck, police command vehicle, police helicopter and other vehicles were on display.
Jon Constantino said he was driving along Alma School Road when his son spotted the helicopter and asked if they could stop.
Like many others milling around the informational tables inside the mall, the Constantinos said they were unaware City Hall was holding the event.
Lanci Peterson said the event needed more advertising, but that it was good for people who found it.
Neither Peterson nor Constantino had ever been to City Hall, and both said that Saturday was their first face-to-face interaction with their local government.
Jodi Sorrell of the Transportation Department said the aim of the event was to make City Hall "a bit more accessible" and to bring it to a place where people congregate.
She said she answered many questions Saturday about the coming light-rail system and was using the event as "an opportunity to start educating people about safety issues."
Janet Bunchman of the Utilities Department was promoting Mesa's "Grass-to-Xeriscape" rebate program.
At the informational table for the City Clerk's Office, Blaine Comeaux handed out voter registration forms for the mayoral runoff and District 5 council elections in May.
The registration deadline is April 21.
City employees who were at last year's event said foot traffic was about the same this year.
Mesa spokesman Kevin Christopher said 12 departments took part in the event last year.
This year's event was held one month earlier than last year's in an effort to avoid hotter temperatures, he said.
Firefighter Kasey Beal kept busy in the parking lot greeting the public.
"It's a good time to talk to people," he said.