Focusing on NLC's priorities, California city officials advocated for the passage of a comprehensive transportation reauthorization, sustained funding for critical grant programs, and protection of existing local revenues.
The conference, held March 10 - 14, covered a range of topics including lobbying strategies, public safety, transportation reauthorization, disaster response and more.
The League's officers, President Mike Kasperzak, mayor, Mountain View, First Vice President Bill Bogaard, mayor, Pasadena, and Second Vice President José Cisneros, treasurer, San Francisco, lobbied heavily for California's cities' federal priorities. Several California city officials were also invited to the White House for various briefings. While lobbying in Washington D.C., many participants had the opportunity to see first-hand as the U.S. Senate considered, and passed a comprehensive transportation reauthorization. As this was the top priority for many California officials lobbying their representatives, it was a very exciting time to be in our nation's capital.
The transportation reauthorization has now been sent to the U.S. House of Representatives. It is likely that the House will take up the Senate version of the reauthorization instead of pushing its original 5-year proposal. However, timing remains unclear and it is unlikely that the House will pass the bill before March 30, when the current extension of SAFETEA-Lu expires.
The League's federal priorities are posted on its website.