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For Immediate Release
April 18, 2013

Malcolm Smith
Public Communications Manager

Redwood City Continues Active Role in State-Level Policy Discussions

Redwood City, CA - On April 4, the League of California Cities held its second set of policy committee meetings of 2013, in Pasadena. Representing the City on the League's Public Safety Committee is Redwood City Vice Mayor Jeff Gee. 

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. "My City and the community at large benefit from the League's policy committees because we are able to bring our perspectives and influence on issues that affect our local budgets and funding, and help to guide future policies," said Vice Mayor Gee. "Without these meetings our influence on the state's decisions would be greatly diminished, especially when it comes to issues affecting police, fire and other public safety agencies." 

Redwood City is also active on a number of other League committees: Council Member Barbara Pierce represents the City on the League's Housing, Community and Economic Development Committee, City Manager Bob Bell on the Employee Relations Committee, and City Attorney Pamela Thompson on the Legal Advocacy Committee. These 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 and its interests to the center of the League's policy discussions, and ensures that local concerns, interests, and ideas are included in the dialog.

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 next meet on June 13-14 in Sacramento, and during the League's annual conference in Sacramento as needed. The League's website is More information on the League's policy development process is online at

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.

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