Your mom is on Facebook. Your boss is on Facebook. And now the city of Hesperia is on Facebook as well.


The city launched its official Facebook page Thursday.


The site is meant to serve as a source of information on city issues and upcoming events, along with offering another channel for communicating with officials.


"Our website is still our official source of information," said city spokeswoman Kelly Malloy, who's spearheading Hesperia's move onto the social networking site. "We want (Facebook) to be a dialogue. We want it to be an avenue to communicate with people."


One thing residents aren't likely to get: Lots of conversations with city council members. The state's open governance law, the Brown Act, prohibits what could be called "serial meetings," where one council member after another shares their opinion on a topic, even if they're not all in the same room at the same time. A conversation on Facebook with three or more council members could be construed as a violation of the law.


"As government, we've kind of been hesitant to take advantage of the next wave" on the Internet, said Malloy. "This is a new way to get information out, but also to get feedback from the community."


The city's Facebook page can be found at Facebook.com/CityofHesperia.


Beau Yarbrough may be reached at (760) 956-7108 or at beau@HesperiaStar.com. Follow us on Facebook at Facebook.com/Hesperia.Star.