Policy committees help develop League policy by reviewing legislation and participating in policy deliberations, suggesting broad new policy guidelines and studying key issues impacting cities.
Each policy committee addresses a different issue area.
- Community Services: This committee is concerned with issues related to childcare, parks and recreation, libraries, cultural arts and community and human services programs.
- Environmental Quality: This committee is concerned with all aspects of air and water quality, solid waste and recycling, hazardous materials, coastal issues, noise pollution, and CEQA. In addition, the committee is concerned with the issues related to energy and utilities.
- Governance, Transparency and Labor Relations: This committee reviews state legislation as it relates to transparency, technology (open data), healthcare, elections and political reform. Additionally the committee oversees pension and workers compensation reform as well as other labor related issues.
- Housing, Community and Economic Development: This committee is concerned with building regulations and code enforcement, community and economic development, urban renewal, housing, planning, zoning, incorporation, annexation and redevelopment.
- Public Safety: This committee is concerned with law enforcement, fire and life safety policies including emergency communications, and emergency services including ambulance and disaster preparedness.
- Revenue and Taxation: This committee is concerned with finance administration, taxation reform, revenue needs and revenue sources at the federal, state and local levels.
- Transportation, Communication and Public Works. This committee is concerned with issues of transportation funding, construction, public works, telecommunications, and other related areas.
Over 400 elected and appointed city officials serve on policy committees, and thus participate directly in establishing League policy. They add their collective expertise, wisdom and opinions to the policy debate that is the foundation of League policy.
The recommendations from the policy committee are forwarded to the League's board of directors
. The time commitment involves three to four meetings, beginning in January and ending at the League’s Annual Conference in the fall. Meeting locations rotate from statewide from northern to southern California locations.
How to Join a League Policy Committee
There are a few different ways to become a member of a policy committee. All policy committee appointments end at the conclusion of each year’s annual conference. Reappointments are not automatic and must be annually requested.
Presidents of the League’s divisions, departments, and affiliates
make appointments to each of the committees. Each division has two appointments. Each department has one appointment.
The League president may appoint up to 16 members to each policy committee. Dec. 2 is the deadline to request a presidential appointment. If you are an elected or appointed city official and have previously determined that your division and department appointments have been filled, you may contact the League president in writing to request a presidential appointment.
Requests may be submitted via mail, email or fax to the League. Do not send the request directly to the League president. Email requests are suggested.
Please direct your request to Meg Desmond.
- Email: firstname.lastname@example.org.
- Fax: (916) 658-8240 Attention: Meg Desmond.
- Mail: 1400 K Street, Fourth Floor, Sacramento, CA 95814, Attention: Meg Desmond, Presidential Appointment Request
If you have questions or need assistance, please contact Meg Desmond