Dear County Colleagues:
I hope you will join me for the 2021 CSAC Legislative Conference, which will be held virtually this year. The agenda features a wide variety of speakers, workshops and meetings designed to dive deeper into the issues that are top of mind for local and state level leaders this year.
Despite all the challenges, disruption, delays and distanced meetings last year, the COVID-19 pandemic continues to be a top priority for California and the rest of the nation. The new legislative session is setting a swift pace with 835 bills already in play. The Governor’s January Budget Proposal usually sets the tone for the legislative year, and as you might expect, COVID-19-related issues rank highly and pepper the bill proposals being considered by the Legislature. The budget, like the bills being introduced, reflects many pre-pandemic concerns, from homelessness to housing, behavioral health to broadband, and resiliency to disaster recovery. In fact, many of the Governor’s budget priorities mirror CSAC’s own legislative priorities. No matter how many bills are introduced or how long the pandemic extends, CSAC is working hard to protect county interests and fight for our priorities both at the state and federal levels.
Day one of the virtual conference will enable each of the CSAC Policy Committees to tackle priority issues and major legislative proposals for updates and consideration by the CSAC Board of Directors. There will also be opportunities for the Urban, Rural and Suburban Caucus to convene.
Day two of the conference will feature a pair of workshops. Reimagining the World of Work will focus on getting back to work following the COVID-19 pandemic. Understanding the Basics of How Housing is Financed and Built will be more legislative in focus and address the ongoing need for affordable housing statewide. Both workshops are designed to inform and influence our activities in the coming weeks and months, so don’t miss out.
I know for me it feels often like I’m juggling the full time work it takes to address the pandemic with a second job of managing and leading my county. I hope you’ll join me and invest the time to participate in the CSAC Legislative Conference. I always find these events to be highly beneficial as far as knowledge gained, relationships built and the sheer camaraderie of spending time with county colleagues and other local leaders, whether in person or virtual.
I look forward to welcoming you to this virtual meeting in April. Be sure to register now to take advantage of early bird rates.
Let’s get continue our momentum and continue to “Get Stuff Done” virtually in the Capitol this year.
Sonoma County Supervisor