Legislative Affairs

Legislative Program

The City’s Legislative Program consists of three major elements:


Funding & Assistance


The City maintains successful partnerships with its local federal and State representatives. These partnerships have resulted in obtaining federal and State funding to support important capital projects and programs in the community and to cut red tape with federal agencies to facilitate economic development. Examples of projects and programs that have received federal and State assistance include:
  • Hesperia Branch Library Technology Program
  • Ranchero Road Corridor Project
  • Water and sewer infrastructure repairs and replacement
  • Rail Spur Project

Legislative Advocacy


The City Manager's Office is responsible for monitoring State and federal legislation that may potentially impact the City of Hesperia's operations. Based on positions adopted by the City Council in the Legislative Program each year, our staff advocates to legislative representatives on particular bills of interest. The bulk of legislation impacting the City occurs at the state level. Bills are tracked on topics such as:
  • Transportation
  • Land use
  • Public safety
  • Employer-related costs and policies
  • Housing and redevelopment issues

In some cases, the City takes positions on the bills. View the 2017 Legislative Platforms.

Education


The City has many resources to support its Legislative Program. First, the League of California Cities, through its Grassroots Program and local staff, provides valuable information to City officials, keeping them abreast of major legislation and issues at the state level. The City also contracts with Townsend Public Affairs, a Sacramento-based legislative advocacy firm and Smith, Dawson and Andrews, a Washington, DC-based legislative advocacy firm, to keep itself up-to-date on relevant activities at the state and federal level and to assist the City with the different elements of its Legislative Program.

If you have any questions or comments about the City's Legislative Program, please contact Julie Ryan in the City Manager's Office at (760) 947-1589 or via email.