Napa – The League of California Cities honored Assembly Member Cecilia Aguiar-Curry (D – Winters), Sen. Jim Beall (D – San Jose) and Sen. Mike McGuire (D – Healdsburg) today for their unwavering support and dedication to local communities with its Distinguished Legislative Leadership Award. League President and Yountville Mayor John F. Dunbar and League Executive Director Carolyn Coleman presented the award during the League’s annual League Leaders Workshop in Napa.
Mayor Dunbar first announced the recipients of the award during the League’s Annual Conference & Expo in Long Beach in October, where a fourth recipient, Sen. Anthony Portantino (D – La Cañada Flintridge), attended and was honored.
“From their experience as city leaders, these legislators recognize the value of local government and continue to support local authority,” said Mayor Dunbar. “On behalf of all California cities, the League is thankful for the collaborative relationship with members of the legislature to ensure cities have the resources they need to tackle today’s most pressing issues, such as housing development and transportation solutions.”
Assembly Member Aguiar-Curry chairs the Assembly Local Government Committee, and has introduced legislation seeking to provide more options for local governments to finance infrastructure and is a champion for small cities and rural areas. As chair, she has worked to ensure the perspective of local government is considered in the legislative process.
Senator McGuire chairs the Senate Governance and Finance Committee, and through his background as a local government official, consistently provides a thoughtful perspective on the issues of housing and homelessness.
Senator Beall has been a long-time partner with local government and has been a pivotal figure in unraveling two of California’s toughest problems — repairing a crumbling transportation infrastructure and building more affordable housing.
“From housing to transportation to infrastructure financing, these legislators have been key partners to local governments, introducing and supporting key legislation that helps strengthen our cities as vibrant places to live, work and play,” said League of California Cities Executive Director Carolyn Coleman.
Established in 1898, the League of California Cities is a nonprofit statewide association that advocates for cities with the state and federal governments and provides education and training services to elected and appointed city officials.