League of California Cities

Orange County

  • The Orange County Division is comprised of the cities in the County of Orange, and provides members with the opportunity to exchange ideas and information and share the advantages of cooperative advocacy for local control. 32 of the 34 cities in the County are members of the Orange County Division.

    • Over 3 million people (second most densely populated county in California);
    • 3rd most populous county in the State of California, 6th most populous in the United States of America; and
    • Over 200 city elected officials.

    Aliso Viejo



    Buena Park

    Costa Mesa


    Dana Point

    Fountain Valley


    Garden Grove

    Huntington Beach


    La Habra

    La Palma

    Laguna Beach

    Laguna Hills*

    Laguna Niguel

    Laguna Woods*

    Lake Forest

    Los Alamitos

    Mission Viejo

    Newport Beach



    Rancho Santa Margarita

    San Clemente

    San Juan Capistrano

    Santa Ana

    Seal Beach



    Villa Park


    Yorba Linda

    General Information

    The Orange County Division is governed by a 13-member Board of Directors under the leadership of a Division President.  The Division serves as an integral part of the grassroots advocacy core of the League.  City Officials, both elected and professional city staff, work closely to develop regional informational programs and carry out grassroots activities to support specific legislative, regulatory and ballot measure goals.

    The Division also hosts General Membership meetings which focus on issues germane to local government, and have included high-level speakers including the State Legislative Analyst, the State Controller, and numerous State Senators and Assembly Members.  Rotated regionally throughout Orange County, city elected officials, city managers and professional city staff all attend the Division’s General Membership meetings to get briefed on statewide issues impacting the local government sector.  The Orange County Division's General Membership meetings also provide attendees an opportunity to share and discuss strategies for strengthening cities' collective voice for increased advocacy in the State Capitol.
    Division Members also participate in the development of statewide League policy through direct representation on the following:
    • League Board of Directors;
    • Policy Committees covering eight subject areas;
    • Annual Conference Resolution Committee; and
    • The Annual Conference Program Committee. 

    The Division is directly managed by Public Affairs Regional Manager Tony Cardenas, who is based locally in Orange County for the purpose of providing the Membership direct access to the League of California Cities and its statewide assets.  If you need to contact Tony directly, please call (714) 944-4023, or email tcardenas@cacities.org.

    Legislative Advocacy and Priorities

    The Orange County Division Board of Directors meets on a monthly basis and adopts positions on statewide and regional legislation.  If the Board adopts a position on a bill of high priority, an Action Alert will be immediately sent to the Division Membership.  Bills that are a priority to the Division will be listed here.

    If there is a bill that your city needs advocacy on, or if you would like a legislative update on the priority bills that the League is tracking, please contact Public Affairs Regional Manager Tony Cardenas.  If you are a city elected official and would like to receive a legislative or state budget update at a future city council meeting, please contact Public Affairs Regional Manager Tony Cardenas as well. 

    Statewide Newspaper Service

    If you would like to stay informed of the many issues impacting local government, sign up for this service available to League members.  Sign up, and you will recieve an an email of newspaper article clippings that are germane to local government.  For more information, email the Orange County Division's Public Affairs Manager Tony Cardenas at tcardenas@cacities.org.

    2021 Orange County Division Board of Directors

    • President - Gene Hernandez, Council Member, Yorba Linda  
    • First Vice President - Stacy Berry, Mayor, Cypress                                 
    • Second Vice President - Kim Nguyen, Mayor Pro Tem, Garden Grove          
    • State League Director - Ross Chun, Mayor Pro Tem, Aliso Viejo                          
    • Large City Representative - Jesus Silva, Council Member, Fullerton
    • Large City Representative - Vaccant              
    • Large City Representative - Ed Sachs, Council Member, Mission Viejo      
    • First District Representative - Vaccant
    • Second District Representative - Shelley Hasselbrink, Council Member, Los Alamitos
    • Third District Representative - Vaccant
    • Fourth District Representative - Rose Espinoza, Council Member, La Habra        
    • Fifth District Representative - Joe Muller, Mayor, Dana Point 
    • City Manager Representative - Jim Vanderpool, City Manager, Anaheim
    • Past President - Laurie Davies, Assembly Member, 73rd District

    The Orange County Division's General Membership voted the following representatives to the Division's Board of Directors in conjunction with the League's Annual Conference in Long Beach.  If you are a city elected official and are interested in running for the Division Board of Directors, please contact the Division's Public Affairs Regional Manager Tony Cardenas.

    Richard Nixon Library - January General Membership Meeting
    Orange County Division Board Officers
    "Like" the Division's facebook page to see timely news, legislative and event updates.          
    (Non-member city*)  

    Assemblymember Laurie Davies (73rd District)
    Capitol Office - Room 3141 P.O. Box 942849, Sacramento, CA 94249-0073; (916) 319-2073
    District Office - 29122 Rancho Viejo Road, Suite 111, San Juan Capistrano, CA 92675; (949) 347-7301
    Assemblymember Phillip Chen (55th District)
    Capitol Office - Room 4177 P.O. Box 942849, Sacramento, CA 94249-0055; (916) 319-2055
    District Office - 3 Pointe Drive, Suite 313, Brea, CA 92821; (714) 529-5502
    Assemblymember Tom Daly – (69th District)
    Capitol Office - Room 3120 P.O. Box 942849, Sacramento, CA 94249-0069; (916) 319-2069
    District Office - 2400 East Katella Avenue, Suite 640, Anaheim, CA 92806; (714) 939-8469
    Assembly Member Cottie Petrie-Norris– (74th District)
    Capitol Office - Room 4144 P.O. Box 942849, Sacramento, CA 94249-0074; (916) 319-2074
    District Office - 19712 MacArthur Boulevard, Suite 150, Irvine, CA 92612; (949) 251-0074

    Assemblymember Sharon Quirk-Silva – (65th District)
    Capitol Office - Room 6012 P.O. Box 942849, Sacramento, CA 94249-0065; (916) 319-2065
    District Office - 1440 North Harbor Boulevard, Suite 270, Fullerton, CA 92835; (714) 525-6515
    Assemblymember Steven Choi– (68th District)
    Capitol Office - Room 2016 P.O. Box 942849, Sacramento, CA 94249-0068; (916) 319-2068
    District Office - 3240 El Camino Real, Suite 110, Irvine, CA 92602; (714) 665-6868

    Assembly Member Janet Nguyen (72nd District)
    Capitol Office - Room 4153 P.O. Box 942849, Sacramento, CA 94249-0072; (916) 319-2072
    District Office - 17011 Beach Boulevard, Suite 1120, Huntington Beach, CA 92647; (714) 843-4966


    Senator Patricia Bates – (36th District)
    Capitol Office - Room 3048, Sacramento, CA 95814-4900; (916) 651-4036
    District Office - 24031 El Toro Road, Suite 201A, Laguna Hills, CA 92653; (949) 598-5850
                                        169 Saxony Road, Suite 103, Encinitas, CA 92024; (760) 642-0809

    Senator Josh Newman– (29th District)
    Capitol Office - Room 4066, Sacramento, CA 95814-4900; (916) 651-4029
    District Office - 1800 E. Lambert Road, Suite 150, Brea, CA 92821; (714) 671-9474
    Senator Bob Archuleta – (32nd District)
    Capitol Office - Room 5066, Sacramento, CA 95814-4900; (916) 651-4032
    District Office - 12501 Imperial Highway, Suite 110, Norwalk, CA 90650; (562) 406-1001
    Senator David Min – (37th District)
    Capitol Office - Room 2048, Sacramento, CA 95814-4900; (916) 651-4037
    District Office - 940 South Coast Drive, Suite 185, Costa Mesa, CA 92626; (714) 662-6050
    Senator Thomas J. Umberg – (34th District)
    Capitol Office - Room 5097, Sacramento, CA 95814-4900; (916) 651-4034
    District Office - 1000 East Santa Ana Blvd., Suite 220B, Santa Ana, CA 92701; (714) 558-3785

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 State Legislative Analyst Mac Taylor begins his State Budget presentation to the Orange County Division cities. His presentation covered: 1.) 2012-13 State budget update and revenue projections; 2.) Realignment of State services to the local level; 3.) Pension reform; 4.) State lawsuit on the County of Orange; and 5.) Potential economic development tools in a post-redevelopment world.</p>
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 State Legislative Analyst Mac Taylor going over the capital gains forecast, and implications to the State's revenue collections.</p>
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 Orange County Division President Lisa Bartlett kicking off the General Membership meeting, and welcoming all the elected officials and city managers from across the county.</p>
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 Orange County Division President Lisa Bartlett speaking at the General Membership meeting.</p>
    • 2014 OC Division Pirate Adventure Dinner
    • 2014 OC Division Pirate Adventure Dinner
    • 2014 OC Division Pirate Adventure Dinner
    • Santa Ana Councilmembers Michelle Martinez and Vince Sarmiento.
  • Orange County Division General Membership Meetings
    The Orange County Division typically meets on a quarterly basis for its General Membership meetings.  However during the COVID-19 pandemic lockdown, the Division is now hosting these meetings on a monthly basis via Zoom, and are recorded and archived on this website.  Typically, the meetings are now being held on the second Friday of the month at 3:30 p.m. 

    The next General Membership meeting will take place on Friday, February 19, at 3:30 p.m.  If you are a member and would like to participate, please email Public Affairs Regional Manager Tony Cardenas at tcardenas@cacities.org or call him directly at (714) 944-4023.

    These events allow the Division's Membership to hear updates on policy areas germane to local government from State Legislators and other key speakers.  City elected officials, city managers, city staff and League Partners are all welcome to participate. 

    The Division's General Membership meetings are now being recorded and available online in case you were not able to participate in real time.  Down below is a running list of the Division's 2021 meetings:

    • January General Membership Meeting (Thursday, January 7 - 12pm) Topic: Paul Mitchel discussing the impacts of redistricting and a post-2020 election analysis. View the meeting recording here.
    • February General Membership Meeting (Friday, February 19 - 3:30 p.m.) - Legislative housing update with Cal Cities Assistant Legislative Director and Housing Lobbyist Jason Rhine.  View the recording here.
    • March General Membership Meeting - Brown Act Modernization, SB 1383 and  Recycling Legislative Update (March 12 - 3:30 p.m.)  View the recording here.
    • April General Membership Meeting (April 9 - 3:00 p.m.) - State Legislators Roundtable featuring Assemblywoman Laurie Davies (D-73) and Assemblywoman Sharon Quirk-Silva (D-65).  View the recording here.
    • May General Membership Meeting (May 14 - 3:00 p.m.)
    • June General Membership Meeting (June 11 - 3:00 p.m.)
    • July General Membership Meeting (July 9 - 3:00 p.m.)
    • August General Membership Meeting (August 13 - 3:00 p.m.)
    • September General Membership Meeting (September 10 - 3:00 p.m.)
    • October General Membership Meeting (October 8 - 3:00 p.m.)
    • November General Membership Meeting (November 12 - 3:00 p.m.)
    • December General Membership Meeting (December 10 - 3:00 p.m.)

    Tony's Legislative Lounge Meetings
    These two-week updates are designed for city staff members to keep them updated on the latest legislative news impacting the local government sector.  Down below are recordings of past meetings in case you were not able to participate live and want to review the bills and topics discussed:

    • Tony's Legislative Lounge Meeting (March 31) - View the recording here.
    • Tony's Legislative Lounge Meeting (April 14) - View the recording here.

    The following are pictures of some of our past Orange County Division General Membership meetings:

    Richard Nixon Library - January General Membership Meeting

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