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Strategic Initiatives Task Force Holds First Meeting

October 12, 2012

Yesterday, the League Strategic Initiatives Task Force met for the first time at the League offices to consider a variety of policy and advocacy alternatives the organization could discuss with its membership over the next few months in order to secure a greater measure of home rule in the future.


The Task Force is chaired by José Cisneros, League first vice president and treasurer of San Francisco and the vice chair is Tony Ferrara, League second vice president and mayor of Arroyo Grande. Representatives of all 16 League regional divisions as well as the City Managers and City Attorneys’ departments serve on the Task Force.

After reviewing the last 10 years of League advocacy efforts and the political factors that will be affecting the behavior of the Legislature (including the increasing partisanship) and the Governor in the next few years, the Task Force began reviewing a wide range of options, including but not limited to more intensive outreach to legislative candidates and newly elected state officials, possible new home rule ballot measures, aggressive use of public opinion research and communications techniques to inform legislators and the electorate, and other ideas.

The Task Force will further review and refine the options at its next meeting on Nov. 8, just two days after the Nov. 6 statewide General Election. The League board and other League leadership will discuss these options during the board’s November meeting before conducting a wide-ranging discussion with the League membership.


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