League of California Cities President Jan Arbuckle, along with First Vice President Randon Lane, Second Vice President John Dunbar and Executive Director Carolyn Coleman led the California city delegation. Throughout the week, the League’s leaders took to Capitol Hill to meet with members of the California congressional delegation to advocate for the League’s 2019 federal priorities
and urged congressional members to cosponsor the Accelerating Broadband Development by Empowering Local Communities Act of 2019
(H.R. 530), an effort by Rep. Anna Eshoo (CA–18), which would repeal the Federal Communications Commission’s (FCC) limits on local regulation of 5G infrastructure.
The League’s leadership met with Sen. Dianne Feinstein, Rep. Doug LaMalfa and executive directors for the California congressional delegations. Issues surrounding wildfire, disaster recovery and access to rural broadband were of considerable interest to both Sen. Feinstein and Rep. LaMalfa.
During CCC, the League hosted its first ever “California Freshman Roundtable Discussion” with several freshman California congressional representatives, League executive leadership and several California city officials. Congressional attendees included Reps. Katie Hill (CA–25), Gil Cisneros (CA–39), Harley Rouda (CA–48) and TJ Cox (CA–21). The event proved to be an excellent opportunity to introduce the
League to these new leaders as they exchanged ideas on critical issues affecting California cities. Homelessness and housing affordability were the focus of several of the meetings with congressional members and their staff. The League provided copies of the 2018 Homelessness Task Force Report
which generated considerable interest in many of offices on the Hill.
During the time of the League’s leadership travels to Washington D.C., members of Congress were reviewing the President’s budget proposal, which calls for the elimination of vitally important grant programs for cities that support housing, transportation and infrastructure investments. League Officers had the opportunity to advocate for increased funding for these critical programs.
Pictures from the advocacy trip are available on the League’s Facebook page