Council Advocacy and Intergovernmental Relations

Council IGR Assignments

The City Council annually appoints members to a variety of intergovernmental agencies in order to represent the City’s interests and to influence policies and regulations of other agencies. The City Council may also, on occasion, appoint a non-Councilmember to represent the City's interest on an intergovernmental body. Specific intergovernmental appointments are also sometimes made by other agencies; the appointments are then subject to Council ratification. When making IGR appointments, Council considers the City’s overall intergovernmental priorities and the particular interests and backgrounds of individual councilmembers.

Legislative Advocacy Positions and Priorities

The Legislative Advocacy Positions identify the City’s broad advocacy positions on issues and legislation. As defined by the General Plan (Policy 7.3B4), the Legislative Advocacy Positions are short-term in nature, typically speak to pending legislation and current issues, and support the General Plan and guide Council and staff on intergovernmental matters. They are a component of the City’s Council Policies, which provide guidelines for City action in all areas of City business. City business is defined as all matters directly related to service delivery, or otherwise contributing to the City’s operational success.

The LAP is utilized by Councilmembers and staff throughout the year to determine City positions on legislation and intergovernmental issues and minimizes the need for staff to request direction from Council on legislation and issues as they arise.

 

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