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Press release from the Senate and Assembly Select Committees on Improving State Government

Untangling the State and Local Government Relationship:

Moving Government Closer to the People


SACRAMENTO – Senator Mark DeSaulnier (D-Concord) and Assembly Member Mike Feuer (D-Los Angeles) will convene the fourth joint hearing of each house's Select Committee on Improving State Government.  The bipartisan select committees were formed to address the pressing need for state governmental reform.  On Wednesday, December 4, the Sacramento Bee published an op-ed by the Chairs about the Committees' efforts.  For more information about the committees' efforts, visit the website.


Invited panelists include:
  • Steve Peace, former Finance Director, California Department of Finance; former Assemblyman and Senator
  • Mike Genest, Finance Director, California Department of Finance
  • Tony Oliveira, Kings County Supervisor; President, California State Association of Counties
  • Robin Lowe, Council Member, Hemet; President, League of California Cities
  • Marianne O’Malley, Legislative Analyst’s Office
  • Sunne Wright McPeak, California Forward
  • Max Neiman, Senior Fellow, Public Policy Institute of California
  • Patricia Ryan, MPA, Executive Director, California Mental Health Directors
  • Frank Mecca, Executive Director, County Welfare Directors Association
  • Jim Kennedy, President of the California Redevelopment Association
  • Bill Miller, General Manager of North of the River Municipal Water District; Past President, California Special Districts Association.


Where: State Capitol, Room 4203, Sacramento CA 95814

12:30 PM to 5:00 PM, Tuesday, December 15, 2009


Panel 1 – Background and Overview


Panel 2 – The City and County Perspective
  • Options for better aligning state and local government responsibilities
  • Giving local governments greater flexibility to serve constituents
  • Ensuring local governments have more fiscal stability


Panel 3 – The State Budget Perspective
  • Options to better align responsibility, authority and resources in administering services for Californians
  • Ensuring greater government accountability for the delivery of services and creating a better fiscal relationship between the state and local governments


Contact for Sen. DeSaulnier:  Eve Hightower (916-651-4007)

Contact for Assembly Member Feuer:  Arianna Smith (916-319-2042)


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