Council Member Aguilar was installed on Sept. 5 during the League’s 116th Annual Conference & Expo in Los Angeles and will advance to the office of president in September 2015.
Council Member Aguilar serves as first vice president for a one-year term before advancing to president in September 2015. During its meeting this week, the League board of directors also elected Arroyo Grande Mayor Tony Ferrara as 2014-15 president and Rancho Cucamonga Mayor Dennis Michael as second vice president.
“Having an opportunity to be actively involved with shaping new legislation for California cities is one of my top priorities as a city council member,” remarked Council Member Aguilar. “I am honored to be elected to serve as first vice president and work with my colleagues from throughout California to advocate for stronger local control and fiscal stability for our cities. California cities continue to engage in crucial issues including how to create policies that support stronger economic development.”
First elected to the Scotts Valley City Council in 1996, Council Member Aguilar has also served three terms as mayor. Her professional background includes education, personnel and training for a public safety agency. She serves on the boards of the California Council of Governments and Association of Monterey Bay Area Governments. Council Member Aguilar is a graduate of the League’s California Civic Leadership Institute and Mayors and Council Members Leadership Academy, as well as Great Valley Leadership Institute, Leadership Santa Cruz and Agri-Culture. San Jose State University’s, Department of Communication Studies recently honored Aguilar with the “Outstanding Alumni Award” where she delivered the department’s convocation speech.
League Executive Director Chris McKenzie congratulated Council Member Aguilar on becoming first vice president for the League of California Cities. “Stephany is well versed in environmental and community interests and has worked closely with public safety. Cities are dealing with big issues like water, land use, pension reform and economic recovery and discussions will continue on these topics as the next legislative session begins. Stephany has a great understanding of these issues within her community of Scotts Valley and will be a key player in advocating future legislation for all California cities.”