Sacramento, CA —
Upon the Assembly’s election of Assembly Member Toni Atkins of San Diego as the next Assembly Speaker, League of California Cities President and San Francisco Treasurer José Cisneros issued the following statement:
“The League of California Cities congratulates Assembly Member Toni Atkins on her election as Speaker of the Assembly today. Our organization has worked closely with the Speaker-elect on many issues of paramount importance to cities including economic development and post-redevelopment. Her prior experience on the San Diego City Council gives her great insight into the ways in which the vitality of cities is critical to the success of the state as a whole. It will be an honor to continue to work with our former city colleague as she takes the reigns as Speaker of the Assembly later this spring.”
The League has worked with the Speaker-elect 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 the future Speaker 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.