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Whats New! Feb-April 2022

Posted on May 6, 2022

We’ve had an info and action-packed year so far! Here’s a rundown of our past several meetings:


February Legislative Action Committee & Board of Directors Meetings

Link to Recording

  • Asm. Marc Berman – “A Conversation on VTA Governmental Reform”
  • Office of Sen. Dave Cortese – Discussion of Brown Act
  • Our Neighborhood Voices Initiative presentation by Mark Wolfe, Stanford University Urban Studies (Link to Slides)
  • “How to Be an Effective Board Member” presentation from the Institute for Local Government by Erica L. Manuel – (Link to Slides)

March Legislative Action Committee & Board of Directors Meetings

Link to Recording Pt. 1, Pt. 2

  • Energy and De-Carbonization Related Legislative Landscape and Issues – Presented by SVCE CEO Girish Balachandran and SVCE Government Affairs Manager, Bena Chang (Link to Slides)
  • Asm. Alex Lee – AB 1944: Brown Act Modernization
  • “The California Legislature: What to Expect in 2022” – presentation from CalCities by Melanie Perron
  • Sup. Cindy Chavez – Report and Recommendations on the Hate Prevention and Inclusion Task Force
  • Sup. Joe Simitian – LifeMoves/Service-Enriched Shelter Loan Program
    (Program working to identify partnerships with cities to advance additional sites in the County)

April City Section Committee Meeting

The Cities Association’s City Selection Committee serves as a state-mandated regional appointing body for local agencies. The following appointments were made at the April meeting, which is the second and last CSC meeting of the year (CSC meets as needed when vacancies arise):

Association of Bay Area Governments Executive Board

Seat 1 – Hon. Neysa Fligor (Los Altos)

Seat 2 – Hon. Yvonne Martínez Beltrán (Morgan Hill)

Alternate 1 – Hon. Lucas Ramirez (Mountain View)

Alternate 2 – Hon. Sergio Lopez (Campbell)

Association of Bay Area Governments Regional Planning Committee

Hon. Hung Wei (Cupertino)

Emergency Operational Area Council – North County Cities Representative

Hon. Jonathan Weinberg (Los Altos)

Bay Area Air Quality Management District Board of Directors

Hon. Sergio Lopez (Campbell)

Draft meeting minutes available at this link and a full list of City Selection Committee appointees on our About page here.

April Legislative Action Committee & Board of Directors Meetings

Link to Recording

  • COVID-19 Update from Dr. Sara Cody, Santa Clara County Public Health Director
  • “Local Climate Action — 5 Year Clean Energy Results & Next Steps” presentation from Silicon Valley Clean Energy by CEO Girish Balachandran
  • AB 2164 (Lee) Disability access: funding – presentation by City of San José staff
Significant Decisions:
  • The Board voted to move to hybrid meetings once a venue has been identified.
  • The Board voted to take support positions on AB 2164 (Lee) and AB 1944 (Lee).


Last but not least, we hope to see you at our upcoming Annual General Membership Meeting from 6-9pm on June 9th! This meeting is an opportunity to network with electeds and staff from across the County face-to-face at a fun event — please see the flyer below.

Save the date flyer for the Cities Association Annual General Membership Meeting. When: Tues, June 9, 2022, 6-9pm at the Winchester Mystery House. What: Dinner, tours of the mystery house, and optional axe throwing. More info will be provided soon re: RSVPs and tickets. Email questions to Behind the text of the flyer is a picture of the Winchester Mystery House from above.

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