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. As you can see, we have a strong line-up and are ready to go to work with all our Committee colleagues for a productive year ahead:
President Neal Andrews, Council Member, Ventura
Vice President Madeline Kellner, Council Member, Novato
Vice President Richard Kite, Council Member, Rancho Mirage
Immediate Past President Mark Wheetley, Mayor, Arcata
State League Director Joe Palla, Council Member, Cloverdale
I am truly looking forward to serving the Department. We are always looking for ways to offer the best programming to as many of our League members as possible. If there are any specific needs you have, please don’t hesitate to contact me and we’ll be sure to discuss those as we begin to plan for next year.
Please save the date and mark your calendars for the New Mayors and Council Members Academy. This will be the first League event in 2015 and provides essentials for newly elected council members and is also a great refresher for those who have been seated for a while. I hope to see you in Sacramento for this valuable event, January 14-16, 2015. You will receive a notification when registration opens just after Election Day.
Below this message you will see a press release regarding AB 1839 (Gatto), the Film Tax Credit bill, which was signed by the Governor last week. This important piece of legislation for the California economy was highlighted by keynote speaker Paul Audley, President of FilmL.A., Inc. during our department meeting at the Annual Conference. I hope that those of you who were able to attend this meeting gained a greater understanding of what cities can do to keep filming here at home.
Thank you and I hope to see many of you at upcoming League meetings and events.
President, Mayors and Council Members Department
Council Member, Ventura
Tax Credits Will Help Retain Film and Television Industry and Jobs
September 18, 2014
Gov. Jerry Brown’s signature today of AB 1839 signifies an important investment in California’s economy.
The historic bill by Assembly Members Mike Gatto and Raul Bocanegra, both of Los Angeles, directly impacts California cities by encouraging more film and television production throughout the state.
AB 1839 puts in place policies that strengthen the economy. The Southern California Association of Governments study on the California Film and Television Tax Credit program found that for each tax credit dollar, total economic activity grows by $19.12; labor income increases by $7.15 and another $1.11 is returned to state and local governments.
League President and Arroyo Grande Mayor Tony Ferrara spoke of the League’s support of this measure. “Economic development is a key priority for California cities and the League appreciates the Governor and Legislature’s commitment to ensuring that one of the state’s cornerstone industries remains strong here. Local economies benefit when television and film production locate in our communities, create jobs and support local businesses.