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File #: 21-1315    Version: 1 Name:
Type: Public Hearing/General Business Status: Agenda Ready
File created: 12/13/2020 In control: Council and Authorities Concurrent Meeting
On agenda: 2/9/2021 Final action:
Title: Action on 2021 Legislative Advocacy Positions
Attachments: 1. Legislative Advocacy Position Policy, 2. 2021 Legislative Advocacy Positions, 3. POST MEETING MATERIAL
Action on 2021 Legislative Advocacy Positions

Enhance Community Engagement and Transparency

On October 9, 2018, Council adopted Resolution No. 18-8611 to approve a Legislative Advocacy Position (LAP) Policy (Attachment 1). The purpose of the LAP Policy is to establish clear guidelines for advancing City goals and positions through legislative review and advocacy at the regional, State, and federal levels of government and to provide guidance for City officials who serve on regional, State, and national boards, committees, and commissions when they are asked to review public policy matters and issues. The LAP Policy requires Council to adopt or update the LAPs at the beginning of the calendar year to identify specific legislative priorities outside of the legislative guiding principles listed below:

* 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
* Advance approved policies such as the City's Statement of Values, the General Plan, or the Climate Action Plan

Staff is presenting 12 2021 LAPs for the Council's consideration (Attachment 2). If approved, staff and the City's legislative consultant, Townsend Public Affairs, LLC (Townsend), will use these LAPs to track, monitor and advocate for legislation that is consistent with the City's outlined priorities and provide quarterly legislative updates to the Council on those efforts as required by the LAP Policy.

In late 2020 and January 2021, Townsend conducted legislative briefings with staff and Councilmembers to provide updates on current state and federal legislative activity and to identify legislative priorities for 2021. The proposed 2021 LAPs reflect staff and Councilmem...

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