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File #: 21-230    Version: 1 Name:
Type: Consent Calendar Status: Agenda Ready
File created: 2/1/2021 In control: Council and Authorities Concurrent Meeting
On agenda: 2/23/2021 Final action: 2/23/2021
Title: Informational Report on COVID-19 Legislative Updates from Townsend Public Affairs for January 15 - February 7, 2021
Attachments: 1. COVID-19 Legislative Updates from Townsend for January 15 - February 7, 2021
REPORT TO COUNCIL
SUBJECT
Title
Informational Report on COVID-19 Legislative Updates from Townsend Public Affairs for January 15 - February 7, 2021

Report
COUNCIL PILLAR
Enhance Community Engagement and Transparency

BACKGROUND
The City of Santa Clara engages in a variety of legislative efforts, including developing an annual legislative platform through its Legislative Advocacy Positions (LAPs), advancing the City's goals and policy positions with regional, state, and federal elected officials and agencies, participating in regional and state committees, boards, and commissions, responding to requests for legislative support or comments for bills, ballot measures, and initiatives, identifying budget opportunities and applying for grant funding to support City programs and infrastructure.

The City has an existing agreement with Townsend Public Affairs, LLC (Townsend) for state and federal legislative advocacy services, which includes tracking legislation and providing progress reports as part of the firm's scope of work.

DISCUSSION
Townsend has been keeping staff apprised of state and federal COVID-19-related legislative activity since the beginning of the pandemic. These pertinent updates have helped guide the implementation of City COVID-19 programs, including meal distribution and small business assistance, and were previously included as part of the City Manager's verbal COVID-19 updates to the Council.

Attached is a summary of Townsend's updates for the period between January 15 - February 7, 2021. Staff shares these updates on a monthly basis.

ENVIRONMENTAL REVIEW
The action being considered does not constitute a "project" within the meaning of the California Environmental Quality Act ("CEQA") pursuant to CEQA Guidelines section 15378(a) as it has no potential for resulting in either a direct physical change in the environment, or a reasonably foreseeable indirect physical change in the environment.

FISCAL IMPACT
The City has an existing agreement ...

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