Los Angeles — Sen. Lou Correa (D-Santa Ana) received the League of California Cities’ 2014 Legislator of the Year award, which was announced today at the League’s 2014 Annual Conference and Expo in Los Angeles.
The top honor award was given to the Senator in appreciation for his long-term support for local control and his diligent hard work on behalf of cities. This year the Senator authored SB 1262, a measure that would have created the first statewide regulatory structure for medical marijuana dispensaries. The cities of California remain grateful for his efforts to advocate for regulations that would have retained local governments’ authority to include or ban dispensaries from their jurisdictions.
In presenting the award to Sen. Correa, League President and San Francisco Treasurer José Cisneros commended him for this groundbreaking bill. Despite the fact that it failed to move forward at the end of session, SB 1262 has provided a foundation for the future.
“The League is happy to recognize Senator Correa for his long-standing concern for local government and his hard work this year to advance a regulatory reform measure for medical marijuana, which preserved local authority while also being sensitive to patient’s needs,” said Cisneros. “While more work needs to be done, the policies developed and advanced in this legislation will broaden the legislative conversation going forward.”
Sen. Correa accepted the award by acknowledging how his tenure in local government influenced his perspective as a legislator. “Having previously served in local government, I am keenly aware of how policy decisions affect local government and have made it a top priority to preserve and protect local control and authority throughout my tenure. It’s an honor to represent the needs of cities in the state Legislature and I thank the League of California Cities for this recognition.”
The League’s Orange County Division President Scott Nelson, mayor of Placentia, thanked the Senator on behalf of the cities of Orange County. “Sen. Lou Correa has proven over his tenure that he is a strong ally of cities and local control. He has always worked for all the cities in California and the cities he represents in Orange County. We congratulate him on receiving this prestigious award.”
Now ending his 14th and final year in the Legislature, Sen. Correa has consistently shown his outstanding leadership skills and his thoughtful and pragmatic approach to legislation. The League salutes Sen. Lou Correa for his stalwart support of cities and his full dedication this year to advance legislation to enact a comprehensive medical marijuana policy for California.
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.