As a member of the League of California Cities Board of Directors, Foster City Councilmember Art Kiesel was an active participant in an important meeting in Pasadena February 7–8, 2013, to address the organization’s work for 2013 and to consider critical policy decisions affecting California cities.
The League’s officers and directors were briefed on the issues emerging during the start of the 2013 legislative session, and the board adopted legislative positions and priorities from various League policy committees on land use, public safety, transportation and public works issues. The board approved the League’s Federal priorities on issues including the budget and sequestration deadlines in March, community and economic development, affordable housing, land use, water and wastewater infrastructure, homeland security and transportation. The board received an update on litigation filed by the League challenging the state’s unconstitutional reallocation of the local share of the Vehicle License Fee and a separate case challenging unconstitutional provisions in AB 1484, the redevelopment dissolution implementation bill passed in June 2012. Finally, the board reviewed and discussed efforts to create a new economic development tool for the state of California and the prospects for additional pension and Other Post-Employment-Benefits (OPEB) reform.
“It is an honor to serve on the League of California Cities board of directors because I am able to represent my city in the context of statewide policy decisions. The League board has a critical responsibility to help protect local control so Foster City and all of California’s hometowns can provide our residents with vital services such as public safety, street maintenance, parks and recreation, infrastructure and more. The issues we tackled at this meeting will help us maintain the services our residents and businesses have come to expect from us.” said Councilmember Kiesel.
League Executive Director Chris McKenzie commented on the commitment of board members: “The officers and directors on the League of California Cities board of directors make a commitment to not only their city but to all the cities of California by serving on this board. The League is a powerful advocate in the Legislature, in the courts and at the ballot box for the common interests of California cities.”
The League of California Cities is a statewide association founded in 1898 to advocate on behalf of California’s cities at the state and federal levels and provide education, training and best practices for city officials.
Councilmember Kiesel began serving on the League of California Cities Board as the Peninsula Division Representative in September, 2011. He is currently the Vice Chair of the Housing, Community, and Economic Development policy committee, on which he has served since 2009. He has also served on the Transportation, Communication, and Public Works policy committee.
Councilmember Kiesel actively represents Foster City’s interests throughout the region. In addition to his work with the League of California Cities, Councilmember Kiesel also serves on the board of the City/County Association of Governments (C/CAG) and on its Legislative Committee, which reviews and recommends action to the C/CAG Board on proposed state legislation.
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