Newly Elected Officials' Packet
Congratulations on your recent election to city office! As a newly elected city official, you have been provided with both an incredible opportunity and a serious responsibility to serve your residents. The League of California Cities is here to help you meet these challenges. You are automatically a member of the League because your city, like other cities in California, is a member.
One of your most important roles as a local elected official is to actively advocate on behalf of your city’s interests at the state and national levels. For more than 100 years, the League has been providing city officials education and training programs, information resources, and legislative, legal, grassroots and ballot measure advocacy services. The League is nationally respected for its legislative effectiveness in Sacramento and Washington, D.C., and for the broad range of services that it provides to California cities.
There are many opportunities to get involved. The League works with cities on common concerns through its regional division activities, policy committees, and the Mayors and Council Members Department. The League’s regional public affairs managers facilitate the involvement of local officials and coalition partners in activities that support the League’s advocacy work. Our legislative and legal staff are highly esteemed professionals, all of whom can be a great help to you as you look for ways to represent your city. We urge you to get to know them.
The League’s Mayors and Council Members Academy (MCA) includes specialized conferences and activities designed to help mayors and council members enhance their effectiveness as elected officials. With three levels, Academy programs cover the most important and common subjects for city elected officials. For more information about the academy, contact Caitlin Cole in the Education Department.
By being active in League advocacy efforts, you can help shape efforts on behalf of all cities, and enhance contributions to all of our communities. Further, by attending various League training programs and conferences, you will have many opportunities to meet and work with other officials, discuss common challenges, solve common problems, and share successes.
Below you will find a series of links to information and materials to further introduce the League and its services. The League’s website is also your best source of information on educational programs, legislation, advocacy, and many other useful resources for local officials. Please also “like” us on Facebook, and follow the League on Twitter @CaCities.
Once again, we congratulate you on your recent election, and encourage you to take advantage of the available League resources that will help you excel at your position. We hope to see you at upcoming League functions.
Materials and Resources for Newly Elected Officials