Visit the League of California Cities Latino Caucus website at www.cacitieslatinocaucus.org.
About the Organization
The Latino Caucus is a non-profit official affiliate of the League of California Cities. Established in 1990 as a community resource, the Latino Caucus continues its goal of improving quality of life through advocacy by addressing professional, socio economics, educational, cultural, and political issues.
The Latino Caucus brings diversity to the League of California Cities with many of the caucus members serving on the Cal Cities board of directors. As the fastest growing population in California, the caucus is charged with bringing the Latino voice to state and local government discussions and decision-making meetings.
The Latino Caucus is dedicated to developing advancement opportunities and promoting progress in the workplace, educational arena, and instilling family values by ensuring an equitable allocation of resources, increasing voter registration, and encouraging Latinos to seek public office and take leadership roles in community activities.
The Latino Caucus Mission Statement
The Latino Caucus of the League of California Cities serves as a leader to improve the quality of life, advocate on behalf of the Latino community, and provide, promote, and develop leadership. The Latino Caucus is an effective voice in the development of public policy affecting our cities, constituents, and all of California.
The caucus serves as a clearinghouse of statewide information key to Latino issues throughout California. Keeping members updated and encouraging local and statewide participation is vital to the continuing success of the Latino community. In carrying out its mission and goals, the Latino Caucus also:
- Publishes a quarterly newsletter providing timely information of issues facing the Latino community;
- Plans and facilitates workshops and forums focusing on issues of economic development, revitalization, housing, and public safety;
- Conducts three regional meetings annually in conjunction with the Mayor's and Council Member's Executive Forums as well as schedules other meeting open to the public throughout the year;
- Schedules an annual meeting in concurrence with the League of California Cities Annual Conference & Expo;
- Plans and organizes an annual Cinco de Mayo Legislative Day in Sacramento and schedules meetings with state legislators and statewide elected officials;
- Promotes the election of caucus members to the League of California Cities board of directors, advisory committees and special ad-hoc task forces;
- Prepares reports and position papers for Cal Cities and the Legislature on issues important to the vitality of the Latino community;
- Organizes and leads regional legislative advocacy efforts at state and local levels on behalf of the Latino community; and
- Seeks to influence and shape public policy outcomes benefiting the Latino community at large by teaming with the California Association for Local Economic Development, the Local Governments Commission, Hispansas Organized for Political Empowerment, and the California Legislative Latino Caucus and other organizations.
Annual Legislation Day
An exciting event, the Latino Caucus Annual Legislative Day held in late spring in Sacramento, provides members with a unique opportunity to meet with Legislators and discuss areas of great importance and issues of concern. The annual Legislative Day agenda includes legislative updates provided by leaders of the California State Senate and California State Assembly on legislation and budget items, educational and informative sessions with representatives from the League of California Cities and prominent business leaders from around the state, and concludes with a Capitol reception, where Latino Caucus members can meet Legislators in a relaxed and more personal setting.
Workshops & Forums
Each year the Latino Caucus sponsors several workshops and forums to inform and educate members of important issues of the day as well as providing valuable networking and information sharing opportunities on statewide basis. These workshops and forums are avenues to highlight and draw attention to issues or concerns important to Latino communities.
Leadership, Training and Education
The Latino Caucus provides members with growth, leadership and educational opportunities through a series of focused events and activities. Special event topics in the past have included information regarding Fair Political Practices Commission reporting requirements, how to develop support in achieving high-level elected offices, and a thorough introduction of the legislative budget, bill, and regulatory processes. The Latino Caucus also works with local elected officials, mayors and city council members, and a myriad national, statewide, and community-based organizations in developing youth-orientated programs to better prepare the next generation of Latino leaders in California.
The Latino Caucus hosts several workshops and forums on local economic develop opportunities, successful planning strategies for designing and implementing economic development plans, and timely information regarding potential funding sources available to local communities to bring economic development projects to their cities. Economic development forums focus on emerging issues for Latinos, for all Californians interested in revitalizing and bringing long-term economic vitality to their communities. Perspectives of how economic development plans impact Latino issues are also offered at each forum. Keynote speakers and presentations are provided by successful business leaders, educators, economists, local elected officials, and state legislators.
Planning for the Future
The Latino Caucus developed a comprehensive five-year strategic plan, a road map for the future. Several noteworthy components of Five-Year Plan include increasing Latino voter registration, implementing a Leadership Academy program, and generating a network of support for Latino candidates at the state and local levels. The Five-Year Plan is a work in progress, with built-in flexibility, allowing the plan to remain focused on its charge for the future while being able to address pressing issues as they develop. With California's Latino population exploding, now is the time to begin shaping the Latino agenda and addressing issues that uniquely effect Latino communities and California's local government priorities.
Benefits for Members
Your membership in the Latino Caucus of the League of California Cities offers several valuable benefits. You will receive our quarterly Latino Caucus newsletter offering up-to-date information on emerging issues, calendar of events, and legislative news. Members receive invitations to all special events, issues and forums, and conferences.
Latino Caucus Membership Flyer
League of California Cities-Latino Caucus
1225 8th Street, Suite 550
Sacramento, CA 95814
Telephone: (916) 669-1343
Fax: (916) 669-1338