SAN JOSÉ — The League of California Cities® Past Presidents Council today announced the selection of former mayor and council member for the city of Salinas Anna Caballero as the recipient of the 2015 Past Presidents’ Lifetime Achievement Award. She received the honor on Sept. 30 during the opening General Session of the League’s 2015 Annual Conference and Expo in San José.
The former city official currently serves Gov. Jerry Brown as a member of his cabinet as secretary of the Business, Consumer Services and Housing Agency. The Governor appointed her after she served in the California State Assembly from 2006-2012. The League honored then Assembly Member Caballero in 2007 as its Legislator of the Year for her leadership as chair of the Assembly Local Government Committee. She consistently used her lens as a former city official to evaluate legislation that came before that committee.
In Salinas, Secretary Caballero served her city council as mayor and a council member for 15 years. She was among a group of Latino city officials who worked together to create the League’s first diversity caucus to help bring the voice and perspective of their communities to the larger organization. The League’s Latino Caucus celebrates its 25th anniversary this year.
Secretary Caballero is an attorney by profession and began her legal career representing farm workers as an attorney for California Rural Legal Assistance. She also later founded a law firm to represent working families at prices they could afford. Prior to her election to the Assembly, Secretary Caballero established a nonprofit dedicated to youth violence prevention called Partners for Peace.
League Immediate Past President José Cisneros presented Secretary Caballero with the award and congratulated her on this achievement. “Anna is a true leader and dedicated public servant who has devoted her professional and personal life to improving conditions for those in her community. She has been a strong voice for those without one and continues this mission in the Governor’s cabinet. I am truly honored today to present my friend and colleague Anna Caballero with this recognition.”
The League’s Past Presidents’ Lifetime Achievement Award was established in 1996 and is given annually to an individual who has made a significant and unique contribution to the state or his or her community over an extended period of years. Preference is given to nominees with close ties to cities; however, nominees may also be selected from the categories of local government leaders, academics/teachers, authors, media producers, community leaders and state or national leaders.
Founded in 1898, the League of California Cities is an association of California city officials who work together to enhance their knowledge and skills, exchange information, and combine resources so that they may influence policy decisions that affect cities. The League’s mission is to expand and protect local control for cities through education and advocacy to enhance the quality of life for all Californians.