The guiding principles for legislative advocacy are as follows:
- Support the League of California Cities and National League of Cities positions on priority bills that benefit Santa Clara.
- Protect local revenue sources and prevent unfunded mandates.
- Protect and/or increase funding for specific programs and services.
- Protect and/or increase local government discretion.
The basic steps in the city's legislative advocacy process are as follows:
- 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.
- The City Manager's Office (CMO) reviews the proposed legislation and, if warrants, requests assistance from one or more departments.
- 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.