Participants included the League board of directors
; chairs of the eight policy committees
and five diversity caucuses
; and presidents and vice presidents of 16 Regional Divisions
and 10 Professional Departments
Over the course of the three-day event, League leadership engaged in a goal setting process to review 2013’s achievements and challenges while strategizing for 2014. The League board of directors adopted the following three strategic goals for 2014:
Provide New Options for Infrastructure Investment and Economic Development. Advocate for new tools, authority and funding to enable increased investment in state and local infrastructure and economic development to support expanded job growth and economic opportunity for all Californians.
Expand Reform of Pension and Other Post-Employment Benefits (OPEB) Policies to Better Contain Long-Term Costs. Build on recent pension reforms and urge the adoption of additional measures to contain and manage the long-term growth of pension and OPEB costs, ensure the sustainability of these employee benefits, and protect the capacity of cities to adequately fund vital public safety and other community services.
Build Effective Partnerships to Help Respond to Growing Community Needs. Build effective partnerships with state and local officials and other organizations to promote local authority and funding sufficient to meet growing community needs.
These strategic priorities are intended to encompass and supplement the resolutions adopted at the General Assembly at the League’s 2013 Annual Conference concerning the important needs of cities in the area of water infrastructure and improved implementation of AB 109 public safety realignment.
The League thanks all of this year’s participates and looks forward to achieving the goals set by the organization’s leadership.
For more information and previous years’ goals, please see www.cacities.org/goals