Cal Cities policy-making process allows the issues facing California cities to be debated and the organization's policy directions to be established. Over 400 city officials serve on the Cal Cities policy committees and add their collective expertise, wisdom and opinions to the policy debate that is the foundation of Cal Cities policy. The committees meet four times each year, typically in January, March, June and at the Annual Conference. City officials can receive appointments to serve on a Cal Cities policy committee in four different ways:
- Division Appointments: Each of the Cal Cities16 Divisions has two appointments to each of the Cal Cities seven policy committees. These appointments comprise the majority of a committee’s makeup, with a total of 32 members from Divisions on each policy committee. Division appointments are usually elected mayors or council members.
- Department Appointments: Cal Cities has 10 active departments (including city attorneys, city managers, public works, etc.) These departments make one appointment to each policy committee. These appointments mostly add city staff expertise to a committee, with the exception of the Mayors and Council Members Department which appoints an elected official.
- Caucus Appointments: Cal Cities has five Diversity Caucuses: Latino, Asian and Pacific Islander, Women’s, LGBTQ, and African American. Each of these caucuses can make one appointment to each committee. If you are a member of one of these caucuses, you can seek an appointment to a committee.
- Presidential Appointments: The Cal Cities President may appoint up to 16 city officials to each policy committee. Cal Cities presidents may bring different priorities for these appointments which can include: adding city officials with expertise on important policy matters, enhancing diversity of viewpoints, providing opportunities for new city officials to serve, and retaining the experience of long-serving members. When city officials are appointed to serve as committee Chairs and Vice Chairs, they are considered Presidential Appointments, which may open up a Division, Department, or Caucus slot.
- To request a presidential appointment, click on the link below "2021 Presidential Appointment Request Form". The deadline to request a presidential appointment is December 4.
For more information, please contact Meg Desmond.
Presidential Appointment Form: 2021 Presidential Apppoinment Request Form
Meeting Schedules: 2021 Policy Committee Schedule