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President José Cisneros Honored as a 2013 Public Official of the Year

November 22, 2013
League of California Cities President José Cisneros has received the prestigious honor of being named one of, and California’s only, Governing Magazine’s 2013 Public Officials of the Year. 
As San Francisco’s elected treasurer, Cisneros’ main focus has been on new and innovative financial approaches to aid the city’s neediest residents. Cisnero has an unwavering commitment to helping San Francisco’s low-income families, implementing several nationally recognized programs.
One such achievement noted in his Governing feature is the establishment of the Bank On San Francisco program which has served as a model for more than 100 other cities nationwide. In forming a partnership with local and national banks, Cisneros worked to establish a program offering easier access for low-income residents to open and maintain a checking account. Program features include banks waiving overdraft fees and other finance charges. Additionally, Governing cites the establishment of the Kindergarten to College Program and the Working Families Tax Credit as impressive achievements of President Cisneros.       
Governing Magazine is one the nation’s leading publications on all things state and local government. It is regularly recognized as a credible non-partisan news source analyzing and reporting on topics of pertinent interest to state and local government officials and leaders. This year, the magazine honored nine officials from across the country. In addition to President Cisneros, fellow honorees include:     
·         Anthony Brown, lieutenant governor, state of Maryland
·         Karen DeSalvo, health commissioner, city of New Orleans, La.
·         Greg Fischer, mayor, city of Louisville, Ky.
·         William Howell, speaker, House of Representatives, Commonwealth of Virginia
·         John Kitzhaber, governor, state of Oregon
·         Kathy Nesbitt, executive director, Department of Personnel and Administration, state of Colorado
·         Brooks Patterson, executive, Oakland County, Mich.  
·         Emily Rahimi, digital and social media manager, New York City, N.Y.

To read more about each honoree, please see Governing’s article “2013 Public Officials of the Year” feature.

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