The Legislative Affairs Team, in collaboration with the City’s Sacramento lobbyist, monitors federal and state legislation, and engages in advocacy efforts to advance the City’s interests in Sacramento and Washington, DC. The goals and objectives of the Legislative Affairs Team are: a) to analyze legislative initiatives introduced in the State’s Legislature and Congress and determine the impact these initiatives could have on local governments; b) to propose alternate solutions to proposed legislations and c) propose legislative actions to modify current statutes. Staff prepares analyzes and advises the City Council on whether to adopt a position either in favor or against particular legislation. In addition, the Legislative Affairs team works closely with statewide and national partners such as the League of California Cities and the National League of Cities to protect local control and self-determination of City’s policies and priorities.
The Legislative Affairs Team also works to maintain fluid communication with members of local governments as well as members of the State Legislature and Congress representing the City of West Hollywood. Currently, West Hollywood is represented on the California State Assembly by Assembly Member Richard Bloom and on the Senate by Senator Ben Allen. The City also works collaboratively with Congressman Adam Schiff, who represents the 28th District of California, which includes the City of West Hollywood. In addition, City staff maintains fluid communication with Senators Dianne Feinstein’s and Kamala Harris’ district staff.
The Legislative Affairs Team is also responsible for supporting the work of the City of West Hollywood’s appointed representative to the Westside Cities Council of Government (WSCCOG). The WSCCOG is a joint powers agency charged with preserving and enhancing local and regional quality of life. The WSCCOG’s agenda is focused on issues related Transportation & Mobility and Homelessness.