Sacramento, CA — Following the swearing in of Assembly Member Toni Atkins (D-San Diego) as 69th Speaker of the California Assembly, League of California Cities President and San Francisco Treasurer José Cisneros issued the following statement:
“The cities of California congratulate Speaker Toni Atkins. She comes to this leadership position with a breadth of experience as both a local and state elected official. As a member of the San Diego City Council Ms. Atkins served on the League of California Cities board of directors. Once elected to the Assembly, our organization has continued to have a strong relationship with the Assembly Member Atkins on a wide range of issues and policies that affect California cities including economic development and addressing post-redevelopment issues. She deeply understands the practical realities of how decisions made in the Capitol impact cities. It will be an honor to work with California’s new Assembly Speaker Toni Atkins.”
The League has worked with the Speaker 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. She has also worked on new economic development tools that cities can implement to help continue California’s economic and job recovery. Recently, Assembly Member Atkins authored AB 471, signed by Gov. Jerry Brown, which addressed several post-redevelopment issues. She is also a co-author of legislation authorizing a revised form of redevelopment for disadvantaged communities, AB 2280, with Assembly Member Luis Alejo (D-Watsonville).
The League looks forward to continuing to work with Speaker 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.