Grass Valley councilwoman makes sure community has a voice |

Grass Valley councilwoman makes sure community has a voice

Jan Arbuckle, a sitting member of the Grass Valley City Council, has been appointed to the board of directors for the League of California Cities. The league is an association of municipal officials who advocate on issues common to cities throughout the state.

“Once every other year, they select six people,” Arbuckle said. “This time there were 23 applicants, and they choose 12 to interview.”

The league includes major metropolitan cities like Los Angeles, but the league also includes smaller towns such as Yreka and Grass Valley. Arbuckle hopes to ensure that communities like this one still have a seat at the table when decisions are made.

“A lot of times those smaller cities, especially those smaller rural cities, we kind of get drowned out by the large metropolitan cities,” Arbuckle said. “I just want to make sure that our concerns and our issues are heard at the state level.

“The larger cities, a lot of time, have a bigger voice,” she added. “Because obviously they’ve got more voters and that motivates the state legislators.”

The league’s website also gives Arbuckle and the Nevada County residents she represents access to resources like training and information about the legislative process in Sacramento.

“You can go there to find out all the latest information on things that may be affecting your city,” she said. “For example, the city of Coronado recently had a court ruling that they get to keep the funding that was taken away from their redevelopment funds. When things like that come out, you have the opportunity to go on their site and research it.”

Arbuckle first got involved with the League of California Cities in 2007, shortly after joining the Grass Valley City Council.

To contact Staff Writer Dave Brooksher, email or call 530-477-4230.

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