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City Playing Active Role in Helping to Shape State Policies

Good morning – below is a news release that I thought might interest you. It’s about the active role that the City is playing in helping to shape State policies, through our participation on policy committees with the League of California Cities. Please read below!
Thanks,
~ malcolm

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For Immediate Release
January 30, 2013

Contact:
Malcolm Smith
Public Communications Manager
650-780-7305

Redwood City Officials Playing Active Role in Shaping State Policies
Redwood City, CA -On January 17 and 18, the League of  California Cities held its first policy committee meetings of 2013, in  Sacramento. Representing the City on the League’s Housing, Community and   Economic Development  Committee is Council member Barbara Pierce, and on the Employee Relations Committee is City Manager Bob Bell. In addition, City Attorney Pamela Thompson serves on the Legal Advocacy Committee.

These   committees are integral to the League’s policy-making process, and help  set the direction and goals in a number of critical areas for the League’s activities on behalf of its member cities. “The League is an important voice for Redwood City in Sacramento,” said Council member Barbara Pierce. “Serving   on these committees gives us the opportunity to weigh-in on issues that  will affect our budgets and shape future policies. We review  legislation and provide local input, giving us an influence on the  state’s decisions that may have a significant impact on the City during the year.”

The League committees   evaluate proposed legislation as it relates to existing policy, as well  as make recommendations for legislation where the League currently does  not have policy. Redwood City’s participation brings the City  right to the table of the League’s policy discussions, and ensures that  local concerns, interests, and ideas are included in the dialog.

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.

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. The League’s policy committees will meet again on  April 4-5 in Pasadena, June 13-14 in Sacramento, and during the League’s   annual conference in Sacramento as needed. The League’s website is http://w.cacities.org.

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.

Visit Redwood City’s award-winning website at  www.redwoodcity.org for information about the City and its services, the community,  recreation programs, education, and local business. Subscribe to Redwood  City’s email newsletter and other City documents by visiting  www.redwoodcity.org/newsletters .
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