Mayors and Council Members Department

  • Earn Recognition for your Service and Continued Education through the Mayors and Council Members Torch Program

    The League of California Cities® Mayors and Council Members Department honors the hard work and dedication of its peers through the Mayors and Council Members Torch Program. Each year, elected officials from throughout California earn recognition as they progress upward through three sequential levels of achievement. Visit the League's Torch Program page to learn more.

    In the News

    I am honored to serve as President of the 2016/17 Mayors and Council Members Department Executive Committee. Please join me in congratulating the entire Executive Committee on their recent election to the Department leadership team for the upcoming year.
     

    The Mayors and Council Members Department of the League of California Cities® is seeking enthusiastic, committed elected officials interested in becoming the department’s second vice president.The second vice president position rotates annually between Northern and Southern California. This year, the department is seeking applicants from Northern California.

    Each year, the League Board, meets in joint session with the officers and directors of the divisions, departments, diversity caucuses, and policy committees of the League of California Cities, to set a course of action to meet the challenges facing California cities. 

    The League of California Cities is asking for you to lend your experience as a mayor or council member to create the most beneficial and relevant sessions for Mayors and Council Members across California. 

    I am honored to serve as President of the 2014/15 Mayors and Council Members Department Executive Committee. Please join me in congratulating the entire Executive Committee on their recent election to the Department leadership team for the upcoming year.

    The Mayors and Council Members Department is grateful to the following members for volunteering their time to serve on the Nominating Committee. This committee will convene via conference call in mid-August to review applications for 2nd Vice President and Director. The application period for these two positions just closed last Friday, August 1.

    The League of California Cities Mayors and Council Members Department is seeking volunteers to serve on a committee to discuss the development of a mentor program.

    Are you looking to get more involved with the League of California Cities? Serving on the Mayors and Council Members Department Executive Committee is a great way. The Department is now seeking applicants for 2nd Vice President and for State League Director.
     

    The League recognizes Mayors and Council Members for their service and for taking part in continuing education through the Mayors and Council Members Leadership Academy. If you have recently explored the criteria and found that you could not qualify for the second level, Advanced Leadership, you may want to revisit the qualifications. Your service on League policy committees can now help you achieve the Advanced Leadership level.
     

    A new tool that the League has implemented this year is the candidate questionnaire. While the League does not endorse candidates, our members do, and it was the aim of this effort to give our members tools to better understand legislative candidates in their districts and their stances on issues important to cities. Questionnaire topics include local control, economic development, the state/local fiscal relationship, outsourcing, realignment and medical marijuana. The questionnaire can also be used beyond the election cycle to hold legislators, once elected, accountable.
     

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  • The Mayors and Council Members Department provides networking opportunities and fosters professional development for department members through the League’s educational and communication tools. It also serves as a technical and advisory resource to the League through its policy committee representatives (see list below).

    Mayors and Council Members Department Bylaws can be found here.
     

    2017-2018 Department Officers

    The League of California Cities is grateful to the following individuals who devote their time to making the Mayors and Council Members Department a success through their work on the Department's Executive Committee. 
    • President Kyle Miller, Council Member, La Habra Heights
    • 1st Vice President - Melanie Bagby, Council Member, Cloverdale
    • 2nd Vice President - Amanda Young Rigby, Council Member, Vista
    • Immediate Past PresidentRichard Kite, Council Member, Rancho Mirage
    • State League Director - Ali Sajjad Taj, Mayor, Artesia


    Policy Committee Representatives

    Appointed by the department president, each department has at least one representative on each of the League’s standing eight committees that can provide technical information to the committee as a whole to ensure that the department has a voice in the decision-making process, and make recommendations to the board of directors on legislative and policy issues.
     
    Visit the League’s Policy Development webpage to view upcoming meeting information, listed committees, and meeting agendas. Thank you to the following members who are serving on policy committees in 2017.  
    Community Services – Stacy Berry, Cypress Council Member
    Environmental Quality – Tom Butt, Richmond Mayor
    Governance, Transparency & Labor - Lori Ogorchock, Antioch Mayor Pro Tem
    Housing, Community & Economic Development – Kyle Miller, La Habra Heights Mayor
    Public Safety – Jorge Morales, South Gate, Mayor
    Revenue & Taxation – Neal Andrews, Ventura Council Member
    Transportation, Communication & Public Works – Michele Martinez, Santa Ana Council Member
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