Governance, Transparency, and Labor Relations

The Governance, Transparency, and Labor Relations Policy Committee reviews issues related to transparency, technology (open data), healthcare, elections, and political reform. Additionally, the committee oversees pensions and workers compensation reform, as well as other labor-related issues. 


Policy Committee

Committee Leadership
2022 Chair - Rick Bonilla, Deputy Mayor, San Mateo

2022 Vice Chair - Melanie Bagby, Council Member, Cloverdale

Committee Members
The committee's membership is comprised of representatives from each of the Cal Cities professional departments, regional divisions, and caucuses, and appointments by the Cal Cities president.

  • Rick Bonilla, Deputy Mayor, San Mateo (Chair; Presidential Appointment)
  • Melanie Bagby, Council Member, Cloverdale (Vice Chair; Presidential Appointment)
  • Erica Vega, City Attorney, Eastvale (City Attorneys Department)
  • Randi Johl, Legislative Director and City Clerk, Temecula (City Clerks Department)
  • Reina Schwartz, City Manager, Clayton (City Managers Department)
  • Gaudenz Panholzer, Fire Chief, Monterey (Fire Chiefs Department)
  • Linda Hollinsworth, Finance Director/Treasurer, Hawaiian Gardens (Fiscal Officers Department)
  • Blanca Pacheco, Mayor, Downey (Mayors and Council Members Department)
  • George Harris, Director of Finance, Lancaster (Personnel and Employee Relations Department)
  • Gary Alpert, Planning Commissioner, San Ramon (Community and Planning Development Department)
  • Corey Sianez, Police Chief, Buena Park (Police Chiefs Department)
  • Melissa Eads, City Administrator, Angels Camp (Central Valley Division)
  • Joe Lopez, City Manager, Modesto (Central Valley Division)
  • Steve Martin, Mayor, Paso Robles (Channel Counties Division)
  • Mary Ann Reiss, Mayor Pro Tem, Pismo Beach (Channel Counties Division)
  • Brigit Bennington, Council Member, Hesperia (Desert Mountain Division)
  • LaVonda Pearson, Town Clerk, Apple Valley (Desert Mountain Division)
  • Jaime Patino, Vice Mayor, Union City (East Bay Division)
  • Anthony Tave, Council Member, Pinole (East Bay Division)
  • Darlene Berber, City Clerk, Westmorland (Imperial County Division)
  • Debra Dorst-Porada, Council Member, Ontario (Inland Empire Division)
  • Isaac Suchil, Council Member, Colton (Inland Empire Division)
  • Michael Allawos, Council Member, Glendora (Los Angeles County Division)
  • Salvador Melendez, Council Member, Montebello (Los Angeles County Division)
  • Chaps Poduri, Council Member, Pacific Grove (Monterey Bay Division)
  • Leon Garcia, Mayor, American Canyon (North Bay Division)
  • Mike Healy, Council Member, Petaluma (North Bay Division)
  • Crystal Miles, Mayor, Villa Park (Orange County Division)
  • Rhonda Shader, Council Member, Placentia (Orange County Division)
  • Rich Constantine, Mayor, Morgan Hill (Peninsula Division)
  • Neysa Fligor, Council Member, Los Altos (Peninsula Division)
  • Scott Bauer, Council Member, Eureka (Redwood Empire Division)
  • Pam Powell, Asst. City Manager, Eureka (Redwood Empire Division)
  • Chris Freeland, City Manager, Indian Wells (Riverside County Division)
  • Kathleen Kelly, Mayor, Palm Desert (Riverside County Division) 
  • Christa Freemantle, City Clerk, Folsom (Sacramento Valley Division)
  • Aaron Palmer, City Manager, Live Oak (Sacramento Valley Division)
  • Bill Baber, Council Member, La Mesa (San Diego County Division)
  • Kristina Peralta, Deputy COO, San Diego (San Diego County Division)
  • John Jansons, City Manager, Kerman (South San Joaquin Valley Division)
  • Maribel Reynosa, Vice Mayor, Dinuba (South San Joaquin Valley Division)
  • Bruce Soublet, Sr. Asst. Attorney, Richmond (African American Caucus)
  • Stephanie Nguyen, Vice Mayor, Elk Grove (Asian Pacific Islander Caucus)
  • Tomas Oliva, Council Member, El Centro (Latino Caucus)
  • Renata Sos, Mayor, Moraga (LGBTQ Caucus)
  • Buenaflor Nicolas, Council Member, So. San Francisco (Women’s Caucus)
  • Dana Anderson, Acting Deputy Director of HR, Long Beach (CALPERLA)*
  • Samantha Argabrite, Deputy City Manager/PIO, Simi Valley (CAPIO)
  • Joe Lillio, Chief Financial Officer, El Segundo (CSMFO)
  • Jessica Deakyne, Asst. City Manager, Novato (MMANC)
  • Tanya Spiegel, Economic Dev. Director, Ontario (MMASC)
  • Damien Arrula, City Administrator, Placentia (Presidential Appointment)
  • Elisa Cox, Deputy City Manager, Rancho Cucamonga (Presidential Appointment)
  • Marcus Fuller, City Manager, Rialto (Presidential Appointment)
  • Lakhvir Ghag, Council Member, Live Oak (Presidential Appointment)
  • Eniko Gold, Council Member, Hidden Hills (Presidential Appointment)
  • Yvonne Kimball, City Manager, Jackson (Presidential Appointment)
  • Frank Luckino, City Manager, Twentynine Palms (Presidential Appointment)
  • Lori Ogorchock, Council Member, Antioch (Presidential Appointment)
  • Alexandra Orologas, Asst. City Manager, El Cerrito (Presidential Appointment)
  • Cynthia Owens, Policy & Mgmt. Analyst, Beverly Hills (Presidential Appointment)
  • Glenn Parker, Mayor Pro Tem, Brea (Presidential Appointment)
  • Thai Viet Phan, Council Member, Santa Ana (Presidential Appointment)
  • Ana Maria Quintana, Vice Mayor, Bell (Presidential Appointment)
  • Sylvia Robles, Council Member, Grand Terrace (Presidential Appointment)
  • Tim James, Director, Local Government Relations, CA Grocers Association (League Partner)*
  • Patty Senecal, Senior Director, Southern CA Region, Western States Petroleum Association (League Partner)*

Meeting Agendas and Highlights
The Governance, Transparency, and Labor Relations Policy Committee will meet virtually in 2022 on the following dates and times:

Retirement System Sustainability
Established in 1932, the California Public Employees' Retirement System (CalPERS) is a defined benefit system. Members include employees of state agencies, cities, schools, and other local public agencies. Visit the retirement system sustainability page for an overview of the pension system, as well as related news articles, educational resources, and tools.

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Pina, Johnnie
Johnnie Pina
Legislative Affairs, Lobbyist, Governance, Transparency, and Labor Relations
(916) 658-8214

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