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California Civic Leadership Institute® Brings Next Generation of State Leaders to Sacramento for High-Level Discussions on Capitol Politics and Policy Making

August 30, 2013
More than 30 members of the 2012–13 California Civic Leadership Institute® (CCLI) class and alumni traveled to Sacramento this week for two days of sessions with some of California’s top political experts.
Now in its ninth year, CCLI is the League Partner program’s premiere training for local leaders who are interested in running for the Legislature and is designed to give local leaders an in-depth understanding of the critical issues affecting the state.

The League launched CCLI in 2005 and to date more than 100 people have participated in the prestigious program. This year in the Assembly alone, 69 percent of members have local government roots and the League is proud to see so many former city officials rising to become state leaders taking on the challenges that entails. Local leaders are truly valuable to statewide office because they understand the state-local relationship and how decisions at the state level affect local neighborhoods, schools, communities, businesses, nonprofits and the environment.
The focus this week was on the day-to-day realities of the political climate in Sacramento and served as the second half of the prestigious program. Participants convened in July at Southern California Edison’s Big Creek Hydroelectric facility for policy discussions about energy and the state-local fiscal relationship.  
League Executive Director Chris McKenzie opened the event Thursday morning, welcoming the local leaders to Sacramento. “We are here today to talk about what is happening in California and how you can become even better leaders,” said McKenzie.
League First Vice President and San Francisco Treasurer José Cisneros concluded the two days by inspiring the participants remember their local government roots when they get to the Legislature.
The two-day event in Sacramento included six individual sessions:
  • California’s Economy
  • The Role of the Lobbyist and Legislative Staff in a Changing Legislature
  • From Local Government to the Legislature — Remembering Your Roots
  • Hot Issues in the Next Legislative Cycle
    • Water Bond
    • Transportation Infrastructure
  • Governing California
  • The Life of a Legislator
CCLI has developed an extensive alumni network that is recognized at League events well after their time in local government. The current freshman class in the Legislature includes a record nine CCLI alumni. Western City magazine earlier this year featured interviews with these new legislators in April and May. Numerous others are also serving as county supervisors throughout California.

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