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President Rich Garbarino Announces League Strategic Plan Task Force

October 13, 2017
In his address to delegates during the League of California Cities'® Annual Conference & Expo in Sacramento last month, President Rich Garbarino, council member, City of South San Francisco, announced that in order to have an even larger positive impact on California cities, the League will embark on a planning process to develop an actionable three-year strategic plan.
 
Specifically, the process is designed to yield a plan for the organization that will inform how the League can:
  • Continue to build and cultivate a strong and engaged membership;
  • Leverage its activities to their fullest potential;
  • Grow strategically in terms of reach and impact;
  • Increase awareness and coverage of the League’s work among priority audiences;
  • Position the League to potentially diversify and secure additional funding; and
  • Ensure the League is aligned and organized to support the successful implementation of the plan. 
“I’m excited to begin this work, which I know will have a lasting impact on the League for years to come,” said Garbarino. 
 
The year-long strategic planning process will be guided by a task force, chaired by Garbarino, that will spend the next year surveying, interviewing and listening to League members. The task force will present its final strategic plan recommendations to the League Board of Directors next summer. 
 
Last week, Garbarino appointed the following group of diverse city leaders from throughout the organization to serve on the task force:   
  • Rich Garbarino, 2017-2018 League president (chair), council member, South San Francisco;
  • Mark Kersey, League first vice president, council president pro tem, San Diego;
  • Jan Arbuckle, League second vice president, council member, Grass Valley;
  • JoAnne Mounce, League immediate past president, council member, Lodi;
  • Walt Allen, mayor pro tem, Covina;
  • Rachelle Arizmendi, mayor, Sierra Madre;
  • Michelle Bagneris, city attorney/city prosecutor, Pasadena;
  • Randy Breault, public works director, Brisbane;
  • Ross Chun, council member, Aliso Viejo;
  • Tony Dahlerbruch, city manager, Palos Verdes Estates;
  • Larry Forester, council member, Signal Hill;
  • Randi Johl, city clerk, Temecula;
  • Kirsten Keith, mayor, Menlo Park;
  • Randon Lane, council member, Murrieta;
  • Jim Lewis, city manager, Pismo Beach;
  • Polly Low, mayor, Rosemead;
  • L. Dennis Michael, mayor, Rancho Cucamonga;
  • Jorge Morales, council member, South Gate;
  • Edward Neal, mayor pro tem, Lemoore;
  • Lydia Romero, city manager, Lemon Grove;
  • Ana Maria Quintana, vice mayor, Bell;
  • David Sander, council member, Rancho Cordova;
  • Esmerelda Soria, council vice president, Fresno;
  • Barb Stanton, council member, Apple Valley;
  • Kurt Wilson, city manager, Stockton;
  • Carolyn Coleman, executive director, League of California Cities; and
  • Kristine Guerrero, regional public affairs manager, League of California Cities.
“As I approach the end of my first year as the League’s executive director, I look forward to this process getting underway,” said Carolyn Coleman. “The League has a long history of being a strong and effective advocate for California cities, and this process will afford us a new opportunity to capitalize on our untapped potential and strengthen our effectiveness; the task force will be vital to the success of the process.”


 
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