Sacramento, CA —
Upon the Assembly Democratic Caucus’ recommendation of Assembly Member Toni Atkins of San Diego to be selected as the next Assembly Speaker, League of California Cities’ President and San Francisco Treasurer José Cisneros made the following statement:
“The League of California Cities congratulates Assembly Member Toni Atkins on her caucus’ recommendation that she be selected as the next Speaker. As a former city council member, Assembly Member Atkins understands how the vitality of cities is critical to the success of the state as a whole. Her leadership on post-redevelopment issues and economic development has been vital. We look forward to continuing to work with Assembly Member Atkins as she moves into her new leadership position.”
The League has worked with Assembly Member Atkins extensively in recent years on redevelopment issues and her efforts to help many successor agencies, even those outside her district, resolve problems with the Department of Finance.
Last year, Ms. Atkins’ AB 1229 would have restored local authority for inclusionary housing. Assembly Member Atkins is also a co-author of legislation seeking a revised form of redevelopment for disadvantaged communities, AB 1080
, with Assembly Member Luis Alejo (D-Watsonville). She has also worked on new economic development tools that cities can implement to help continue California’s economic and job recovery.
The League looks forward to continuing to work with Assembly Member Atkins on issues important to California cities.
Established in 1898, the League of California Cities is a nonprofit statewide association that advocates for cities with the state and federal governments and provides education and training services to elected and appointed city officials.