Cities working together across the state
As a board member for the League of Oregon Cities (LOC) over the past three years, and one of two coastal officials currently serving on the board, I’ve had the opportunity to meet city officials from across the state and discuss issues of common interest. Every two years, the LOC board adopts legislative priorities prior to the start of the long session (odd-numbered year) of the Legislature. The adoption of these priorities is a result of extensive work done by LOC policy committees and outreach to cities throughout the state.
For the 2019 legislative session, the LOC board adopted six priorities, specifically requesting state investment in city solutions to allow cities to address these and other issues. The six priorities are: (1) mental health investment; (2) revenue reform and cost containment; (3) housing and homelessness improvement; (4) infrastructure finance and resilience investment; (5) right-of-way and franchise fee authority preservation and broadband investment; and (6) third party building inspection preservation. For convenience, below is a link with further background on these priorities.
This year, during the month of October, LOC staff has scheduled 16 workshops at regional sites throughout the state to offer training to city officials on providing meaningful and effective communication during the legislative session. This type of collaboration is essential as cities look for solutions to address the needs and goals of their communities with all necessary tools.
David N. Allen