Councilmember Nancy Young Represents City of Tracy at League of California CitiesPosted: Jan 30, 2017
Last week, Councilmember Nancy Young represented the City of Tracy in Sacramento at the League of California Cities’ first policy committee meetings in 2017. Ms. Young serves on the Transportation, Communication and Public Works Policy committees which are integral to the League’s policy-making process. She is appointed by the League of California Cities, Central Valley Division and takes pride representing the City of Tracy and the greater Central Valley region.
“I believe it's imperative that local officials are active participants in helping formulate potential policies that may affect our localities. This includes supporting legislation that is positive for our cities and collectively working to address policies that may have a negative impact on our cities,” said Ms. Young. “I wish I could duplicate myself to participate on other worthwhile policy committees as well. However, my goal is to learn more about forthcoming policies, how I can be an advocate for the City of Tracy, and bring needed information and opportunities to our city in order to prepare us for the future.”
The 2017 strategic goals formulated by the committees Ms. Young serves on include: increasing funding for critical transportation and water Infrastructure, providing additional state and federal funding and local financing tools (such as reducing the vote threshold for local initiatives) to support California's economy and infrastructure, and supporting the streamlining of the California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA) and storm water regulations.
“These meetings provide an opportunity for city officials to learn about statewide proposals affecting California cities and have their voices heard by the League and translated into direct advocacy efforts,” said League Executive Director Carolyn Coleman.
There are seven standing League policy committees including Community Services, Governance, Transparency and Labor 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 related 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 March 30-31 in Ontario, June 8-9 in Sacramento and in September during the League’s annual conference in Sacramento as needed.
For more information on the League’s policy development process please visit its website at www.cacities.org/polcomm
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.