SAN JOSÉ — The League of California Cities® elected Palos Verdes Estates Mayor James F. Goodhart as its incoming 2015-16 second vice president. Mayor Goodhart was installed on Oct. 2 during the League’s 117th Annual Conference & Expo in San José and will advance to the office of first vice president in September 2016.
During its meeting this week, the League board of directors also elected Rancho Cucamonga Mayor L. Dennis Michael as 2015-16 president and Lodi Council Member JoAnne Mounce as first vice president.
“It is a privilege to serve as the League’s second vice president and contribute to the cities of California in a greater capacity. Our state’s strength is dependent on the collective strength of our local governments. By engaging with the League, city officials are able to ensure that statewide policies support local government. As second vice president, I will have an opportunity to work with this organization on a wide range of crucial issues for cities,” said Mayor Goodhart.
First elected to the Palos Verdes Estates City Council in 2005, Mayor Goodhart was re-elected to the council in 2009, and is now serving his third four-year term. He previously served four years on the Palos Verdes Peninsula Unified School District Board of Education and the Southern California Regional Occupation Center. Along with his commitment to education, Mayor Goodhart served as a Peninsula Education Foundation trustee, a director of the San Pedro/Peninsula YMCA, and a member of the city’s Planning Commission and Finance Committee.
Prior to his election as a League officer, Mayor Goodhart was actively involved with the League of California Cities. He has served on the League’s Los Angeles Division’s board of directors, as chair the Environmental Quality Policy Committee and as president of the New Mayors and Council Members Department from 2012-2013. In addition, Mayor Goodhart sits on the South Bay Service Council of the Metropolitan Transit Authority and has been a member of the Palos Verdes Transit Authority board of directors since 2005. He is also the immediate past chair of the South Bay Cities Council of Governments.
Professionally, Mayor Goodhart was employed in the aerospace industry and is a retired registered mechanical engineer.
League Executive Director Chris McKenzie congratulated Mayor Goodhart on becoming second vice president for the League of California Cities. “Jim’s extensive background in business and project management combined with his contributions as a public servant will be an asset to the League’s executive committee. He brings his expertise and commitment to his community to all California cities”
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 restore and protect local control for cities through education and advocacy to enhance the quality of life for all Californians.