Highlights - November 13-14, 2014, League Board Meeting

December 4, 2014

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. 

 
To:              Members – League Mayor’s & Council Member's Department

From:          Joe Palla, Director, Mayor’s & Council Member's Department

Subject:       Highlights – November 13 – 14, 2104, League Board Meeting

I hope everyone had a fun, safe, and enjoyable Thanksgiving Day and holiday weekend. Besides eating too much, my holiday was fantastic.  I wanted to provide the below highlights from the November 13 – 14, 2014, Board of Director’s meeting.  Several important items were covered during this two (2) day event, including the following:

1.    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 group broke into small groups to brainstorm and recommend what top issues should be included in the League strategic priorities for 2015.  A lot of excellent ideas were identified and discussed in detail.  At the end of the process, the League’s Board of Directors adopted the following four (4) strategic priorities for 2015.
  1. Expand Economic Development Tools and Reduce Regulation.  Advocate for new tax increment financing and other economic development tools, and support reductions in burdensome and overlapping state regulations, to support job creation and a stronger economy.
  2. Implement Additional Pension, Other Post-Employment Benefits (OPEB) and Related Reforms to Help Reduce Unfunded Liabilities and Insolvency Risks.   Support responsible implementation of recent pension reforms by CalPERS, and urge the adoption of additional pension, OPEB and related reforms by the legislature and cities to better manage the long-term growth of unfunded pension and OPEB liabilities and reduce the risk of fiscal and service level insolvency by cities.
  3. Modernize the Financing of Critical Infrastructure Maintenance and Construction Programs. Provide state and local governments with new and innovative revenue options and resources to finance critical infrastructure maintenance and construction needs for our transportation  (streets, roads, rail & transit), water supply, wastewater, storm water, and other critical infrastructure systems.
  4. Update the Local Government Tax Structure to Respond to the “New Economy.”  Consistent with the constitutional protections for property, sales and local taxes contained in Propositions 1A and 22, develop policy options, where feasible, for responding to the erosion of the major local government revenue sources resulting from the expansion of e-commerce, increased consumption of retail services rather than goods, changing patterns of commerce, and innovations in technology. 
2.    In other business, the Board of Directors adopted the 2015 League Budget.  I am happy to report that the adopted budget is balanced and contains no dues increase for the seventh consecutive year.
  1. The adopted budget will allow the League to continue its effective representation of cities before the state government and continue the high level of other League services. 
3.    The Education Calendar was adopted.  If you have any questions on the below list of offerings, please contact me. 
  • December 3-5                   City Clerks New Laws & Elections Seminar
  • December 3-4                   Municipal Finance Institute
  • January 14-15                   New Mayors & Council Members Academy
  • January 28-30                   City Managers Department Meeting
  • March 4-6                         Planning Commissioner Academy
  • March 25-27                     Public Works Officers Institute
  • April 29-30                       Legislative Action Day & Board Meeting
  • May 6-8                            City Attorneys’ Spring Conference
  • Sept.  30 – Oct. 2              Annual Conference & Expo
4.    In view of League President Tony Ferrara, Mayor, Arroyo Grande, not being re-elected, the Board took the following action:
  1. Advanced 1st Vice President, Stephany Aguilar, Councilmember Scotts Valley, to President.
  2. Advanced 2nd Vice President, L. Dennis Michael, Mayor, Rancho Cucamonga, to 1st Vice President.
  3. Appointed, Joanne Mounce, Councilmember, Lodi, to 2nd Vice President.
  4. Tony Ferrara worked hard for his community and for the League.  He will be missed! Congratulations to each of the above officers.  Under their leadership, the League remains in excellent hands.
If you have any questions, please contact Sara Rounds srounds@cacities.org, or me jpalla119@comcast.net. Thank you!


 
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