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League Gears Up for 2016 Legislative Action Day

Hundreds of City Officials in Sacramento on April 27 to Lobby

April 25, 2016
Every April brings hundreds of city officials to Sacramento as part of the League’s Legislative Action Day.
 
This year, Rancho Cucamonga Mayor and League President L. Dennis Michael will be welcoming the delegates for a legislative briefing. The annual event focuses on the organization’s legislative priorities and top bills and is an opportunity for mayors and council members to meet with their legislators face to face in the Capitol.
 
The opening general session, which will be held at the Embassy Suites, will cover a range of topics including the state budget, affordable housing, chronic homelessness and transportation funding.
 
Several legislative leaders will attend to brief city officials on their leadership priorities, including:
  • Senate Republican Leader Jean Fuller (R-Bakersfield);
  • Assembly Speaker Anthony Rendon (D-Lakewood); and
  • Senate President pro Tem Kevin de León (D-Los Angeles). 
League staff has prepared fact sheets with talking points for city officials to use in their meetings with legislators. These will cover: A copy of the agenda and these fact sheets are available on the League’s website in advance of Legislative Action Day.
 
City officials will have several hours for meetings with their legislators before the afternoon panel discussion, co-sponsored by the League’s Latino Caucus. This one-hour session, which will be held in room 126 of the Capitol, will focus on transportation funding proposals and will include a number of expert speakers, including:
  • Assembly Member Jim Frazier (D-Oakley), chair of the Assembly Committee on Transportation;
  • California State Transportation Agency Secretary Brian Kelly; and
  • Manny Leon, principal consultant, Senate Committee on Transportation and Housing. 
The day will end with the League’s legislative reception, which will be held at Mayahuel on K Street. City officials are encouraged to invite their legislators to join them at this event.
 
Wear Denim on April 27 to Support Movement against Sexual Assault
 
Legislative Action Day is once coinciding with Denim Day and city officials traveling to Sacramento are encouraged to wear denim in support of this global effort. The League’s officers, board of directors and staff will also be in jeans to support the cause.
 
Denim Day is a day during Sexual Assault Awareness Month that people all over the world wear jeans as a way to protest what some allege can lead to sexual assault.
 
Denim Day started in April 1999, but its origins are in the Italian Legislature. The Italian Supreme Court overturned a rape conviction because the justices believed that the fact that the victim had to remove her tight jeans for the rapist implied consent. The day after the ruling, female members of the Legislature came to work in jeans. The tradition continues to grow as normally suit-clad legislators, staff and lobbyists, leave their formal attire at home and instead wear denim.


 
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