PALMDALE – Last week, Jan. 17-18, Councilmember Steve Hofbauer represented the City of Palmdale at the League of California Cities’ first policy committee meetings in 2013. Hofbauer serves on the Public Safety Policy Committee which is integral to the League’s policy-making process.
“My city benefits from the League’s policy committees because we are able to weigh in on issues that will affect our budgets and shape future policies. Without these meetings our influence on the state’s decisions would be greatly diminished,” said Hofbauer.
“These meetings are the best way for individual cities to have their voices heard by the League and translated into direct advocacy efforts,” said League Executive Director Chris McKenzie.
There are eight standing League policy committees, including Administrative Services, Community Services, Employee Relations, Environmental Quality, Housing, Community and Economic Development, Public Safety, Revenue and Taxation, and Transportation, Communications, and Public Works. These committees evaluate proposed legislation as it relates to existing policy and make recommendations for legislation where the League currently does not have policy.
The League’s policy-making process allows the issues facing California cities to be debated and the organization’s policy directions to be established. Close to 400 city officials serve on the League’s policy committees and add their collective expertise, wisdom and opinions to the policy debate that is the foundation of League policy. The recommendations from the policy committee are forwarded to the League board of directors.
Following the January meetings in Sacramento, the League’s policy committees will meet April 4-5 in Pasadena, June 13-14 in Sacramento and during the League’s annual conference in Sacramento as needed.
For more information on the League’s policy development process, visit its website at http://www.cacities.org/Policy-Advocacy/Policy-Development.
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.
(Information via press release from the city if Palmdale.)