The concerns of Grass Valley and surrounding Sierra foothill communities will have a voice on a statewide body of California cities that lobbies on behalf of those municipalities with the state and federal governments.
Grass Valley City Councilwoman Jan Arbuckle was unanimously appointed to the League of California Cities’ board of directors at its first 2013 meeting to fill a vacancy on the 50-person board representing all 482 of California’s municipalities.
“This is quite an honor to have somebody local on the board,” Arbuckle said at Tuesday’s City Council meeting, where her appointment was announced.
“It’s good for Grass Valley because people will know where we are, and we have a voice now,” Arbuckle said.
The league was founded in 1898 to advocate on behalf of California’s cities and provide education, training and best practices for city officials.
“The officers and directors on the League of California Cities board of directors make a commitment not only to their city but to all the cities of California by serving on this board,” said league Executive Director Chris McKenzie in a statement.
“The League is a powerful advocate in the Legislature, in the courts and at the ballot box for the common interests of California cities.”
Arbuckle has previously served as president of the Sacramento Valley Division and chair of the league’s public safety policy committee. She was selected to attend the California Civic Leadership Institute in 2009 and has served on the Economic Development Task Force, the Marijuana Regulation Working Group and the Annual Conference Planning Committee.
In addition, she is a founding member of the Women’s Caucus and a current member of the Public Safety Policy committee.
“Jan’s appointment is a testament to her hours of dedication,” said Grass Valley Mayor Dan Miller at Tuesday’s meeting.
Arbuckle noted that her appointment will allow her to advocate for Grass Valley during discussions on statewide policy.
“The League board has a critical responsibility in helping protect local control so California’s hometowns like our city can provide our residents with vital services, such as public safety, street maintenance, parks and recreation, infrastructure and more,” said Arbuckle in a statement.
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