Friday, March 9, 2012 The CSAC Bulletin
CSAC Officials Travel to Nation’s Capital
CSAC leaders were in Washington, D.C. this week to promote the Association’s federal priority issues for 2012. Led by Yolo County Supervisor and CSAC President Mike McGowan, the CSAC delegation met with key members of Congress and Obama administration officials.

In addition to the Association’s leadership team, dozens of California county officials were in Washington, D.C. for the National Association of Counties’ (NACo) Legislative Conference, which was held March 3-7.

On Capitol Hill, the CSAC leadership conveyed the Association’s federal priorities to members of the California congressional delegation, including Senator Dianne Feinstein (D-CA). CSAC focused on several issues of importance to California’s counties, namely Indian fee-to-trust reform, renewal of the Secure Rural Schools program, surface transportation reauthorization, and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers' (USACE) levee vegetation removal policy.

CSAC leaders also met with Senator Barbara Boxer (D-CA), as well as with staff to the Senate Environment and Public Works (EPW) Committee. The EPW Committee, which is chaired by Senator Boxer, has jurisdiction over transportation reauthorization and the USACE.

In addition, the CSAC group met with Congressman Mike Thompson (D-CA), as well as with key staff to Congresswoman Zoe Lofgren (D-CA), who chairs the California Democratic Congressional Delegation. Both members have supported CSAC on a number of key issues.

CSAC representatives also met with several other key congressional staff members, including the director of the House Subcommittee on Indian and Alaska Native Affairs. The discussion focused on the association’s concerns with regard to the controversial Indian fee-to-trust process.

At the other end of Pennsylvania Avenue, CSAC’s federal priorities were the focus at a meeting with staff from the White House Office of Intergovernmental Affairs. Additionally, the group met with a representative at USACE headquarters to discuss the Corps’ levee vegetation removal policy.

As part of this year’s conference agenda, CSAC hosted its sixth annual congressional breakfast on Capitol Hill. The well-attended event featured presentations by the following members of the state’s congressional delegation: Representatives Gary Miller (R-CA), John Garamendi (D-CA), Zoe Lofgren (D-CA), Ken Calvert (R-CA), Brian Bilbray (R-CA), Mike Honda (D-CA), and Jeff Denham (R-CA).

At the breakfast briefing, California lawmakers spoke to county officials on a variety of pertinent issues, including transportation reauthorization, the State Criminal Alien Assistance Program (SCAAP), and the challenges Congress is facing in developing a budget for fiscal year 2013.