Want to take your advocacy to the next level? Apply to be a chair or vice chair of a policy committee!

Sep 1, 2021

Approximately 50 city officials serve on each of the Cal Cities’ seven policy committees. The deadline to apply is September 20, 2021. 

The League of California Cities is now accepting leadership applications for the chair and vice chair positions in all seven policy committees through September 20, 2021. In order to accurately reflect the state’s diverse communities and perspectives, leaders from all regions are strongly encouraged to apply. Applicants will be reviewed on their leadership skills, policy awareness, and experience within Cal Cities. Applications must be submitted online.

Policy committees actively shape and steer Cal Cities’ advocacy efforts and are made up of city officials from throughout the state. The chair and vice chair roles are critical positions, as they work with the committee to develop and provide recommendations to the Cal Cities Board of Directors to determine the organization's policy positions. Each committee meets at least three times annually — typically in January/February, April, June, and at the League of California Cities Annual Conference and Expo. Committee recommendations are forwarded to the board of directors for final review and approval.

A brief summary of each committee is below:

  • Community Services: Reviews issues related to childcare, parks and recreation, libraries, emergency/disaster preparation and response, cultural arts, and community and human services programs.
  • Environmental Quality: Reviews issues related to air, water and water quality, California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA), solid waste and recycling, hazardous materials, coastal issues, utilities, and wildfires.
  • Governance, Transparency, and Labor Relations: Reviews issues related to transparency, technology (open data), healthcare, elections and political reform, pension and workers compensation reform, as well as other labor-related issues.
  • Housing, Community, and Economic Development: Reviews issues related to general plans and zoning, housing, homelessness, rent control, land use regulation, and development fees.
  • Public Safety: Reviews issues related to law enforcement, fire and life safety policies including emergency communications, and emergency services including ambulance and disaster preparedness.
  • Revenue and Taxation: Reviews issues related to finance administration, taxation reform, revenue needs, and revenue sources at the federal, state, and local levels.
  • Transportation, Communication, and Public Works: Reviews issues related to transportation planning, technology, funding, construction, public works, telecommunications, and other related areas.

For more information, please contact Legislative and Policy Development Specialist Meg Desmond. Additional leadership opportunities are also available for city officials working in California's coastal zone.