Legislation Advocacy

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The guiding principles for legislative advocacy are as follows:

  1. Support the League of California Cities and National League of Cities positions on priority bills that benefit Santa Clara.
  2. Protect local revenue sources and prevent unfunded mandates.
  3. Protect and/or increase funding for specific programs and services.
  4. Protect and/or increase local government discretion.

The basic steps in the city's legislative advocacy process are as follows:

  1. Legislation is brought to the city's attention by several means: the League of California Cities, the National League of Cities, Council members, city staff, citizens, professional or other governmental organizations and legislators.
  2. The City Manager's Office (CMO) reviews the proposed legislation and, if warrants, requests assistance from one or more departments.
  3. The CMO/Department evaluates the bill for its impact upon Santa Clara, recommends a position and potential action, and drafts a position statement or support/opposition letter for either the Mayor or City Manager's signature.

SB16 (Senator Beall) - Transportation Funding      Letter of Support


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