All California cities should know about the League of California Cities. The League engages in multiple advocacy efforts. The League’s full-time lobbying staff advocate for legislative and regulatory measures, while its 16 regional public affairs managers mobilize city officials and coalition partners to augment and support these efforts. The League also has an active Legal Advocacy Program that represents the interests of California cities in both federal and state court and regularly files friend of the court briefs and letters to bring attention to matters of statewide importance. With close to 400 city officials serving on the League’s eight standing policy committees, the Leagues policy-making process allows California cities to debate issues facing the state and establish policy directions on those issues.
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 committees meet four times each year, typically in January, March, June and at the annual conference. Membership on League policy committees is guided by the following principles:
- A majority of policy committee members must be elected officials.
- Each department may appoint one representative to each policy committee.
- Each division may appoint two representatives to each policy committee.
- League affiliates may appoint one representative to appropriate policy committees.
- The League president may appoint 16 additional members to provide added expertise as well as geographic and population balance.