During the conference, attendees heard from a variety of Cabinet-level appointees on issues of importance to cities.
In addition to conference activities, League representatives spent time in the Capitol advocating on city and League priorities. The League’s executive officers met with Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-CA) and Sen. Barbara Boxer (D-CA) to talk about water infrastructure, affordable housing and homelessness, drones, the use of fuel taxes collected at airports, and flight paths.
The federal advocacy materials
are available for use by cities throughout the year.
League President L. Dennis Michael, League First Vice President JoAnne Mounce and League Second Vice President Jim Goodhart presented Sen. Boxer with the League’s Congressional Leader of the Year Award. This award was given in recognition of her many years in Congress fighting on behalf of California. In particular, the League appreciates the senator’s leadership on the Fixing America’s Surface Transportation Act (FAST Act) enacted last December.
The League took advantage of a break in the House calendar to brief the staff of California House Representatives on critical water infrastructure needs in California’s cities. League staff focused much of the discussion on the many challenges California cities face with securing the necessary funds to meet ever stringent state and federal clean waters laws while also providing clean, affordable drinking water to all residents. The briefing also covered California’s historic drought and its impact on water infrastructure. The League thanks the office of California U.S. Rep. Zoe Lofgren (D-19) for hosting the successful briefing.