During the welcome briefing session, League First Vice President and Arroyo Grande Mayor Tony Ferrara stressed how legislative advocacy is a catalyst for change. He encouraged members to use their time in Sacramento to build or nurture existing working relationships with their elected representatives.
League Executive Director Chris McKenize gave an update on the League’s legal advocacy efforts regarding redevelopment clawback and charter city prevailing wage litigation. Members also heard a briefing on the League’s involvement in current California Public Employee Retirement System (CalPERS) proposed changes to pension risk pooling as a result of recent pension reform.
Legislative Director Dan Carrigg discussed the League’s legislative advocacy efforts and gave a quick overview of the state’s current budget situation. In addition, participants heard topic specific legislative updates from the League’s lobbying team on the following:
Following opening remarks, city officials heard from Assembly Speaker-elect Toni Atkins (D-San Diego) about her priorities as the incoming speaker regarding redevelopment dissolution issues, local economic development and housing, as well as rebuilding and strengthening city-legislative relations. She invited members to look to her as a resource and partner as the state continues to address the various issues resulting from the elimination of redevelopment agencies. Speaker-elect Atkins also spoke about the importance of continuing local-state relationships and frank discussions between elected officials from all levels of government about the needs of their mutual constituencies.
The League would like to thank Speaker-elect Toni Atkins for addressing members during Legislative Action Day as well as her commitment to continue working with the League and city officials on priority issues.
Massage Therapy Regulation Bill Press Conference
Many city officials in Sacramento for Legislative Action Day participated in a press conference
on League-supported AB 1147 (Bonilla, Gomez & Holden) relating to local authority over massage therapy establishments. During the press conference, Assembly Members Susan Bonilla (D-Concord), Jimmy Gomez (D-Los Angeles), and Chris Holden (D-Pasadena) revealed new language addressing the proliferation of massage therapy establishments in local jurisdictions. In its recently amended form, AB 1147 will empower cities and put land use decision authority back in the hands of local government.
Capitol Visits and Legislative Priorities
The primary purpose of League’s Legislative Action Days is to provide members the opportunity to meet and engage their legislative representatives on local priority issues. During legislative visits, members discussed with their representatives and/or Capitol staff how various pieces of proposed legislation will impact their jurisdictions. The League would like to thank all legislators and their staff for taking the time to meet with the League’s representation during Legislative Action Day.
Legislative Forum Discussion
After Capitol visits, members were invited to attend an afternoon legislative forum discussion and hear updates on the state water bond and transportation funding proposals from Assembly Member Anthony Rendon (D-Lynwood) and California Transportation Commission Commissioner and California Alliance for Jobs Executive Director Jim Earp, respectively. The League would like to thank both speakers for their presentations and for engaging in discussion with forum participants.
Legislative Action Day 2015
The League would like to extend a special thank you to all members who attended last week and for making the 2014 Legislative Action Day a success. Stay tuned for information about next year’s Legislative Action Day, which will be held April 29, 2015 in Sacramento.