My Fellow Members,
This month I would like to talk to you about a group the California Contract Cities Association is supporting, the Fix Our Roads Coalition. As an elected official and a resident of southern California, I have firsthand knowledge of the failing condition of many of our roads and bridges. We need funding to repair them, but we as cities have little control over transportation funding, and traditional funding formulas are failing us.
For this and many more reasons, Contract Cities has joined the Fix Our Roads Coalition. With seven priorities, the Coalition offers an innovative approach to sustainably funding transportation improvements throughout the state and curing our infrastructure maintenance backlog. Being actively involved with this group is important not only for Contract Cities, but every city in California. To learn more, visit the Fix Our Roads Coalition website.
I would also like to encourage all of our members to consider joining one of our many committees here at the Contract Cities Association. Our committee chairs are actively recruiting members to roll up their sleeves and get to work! Visit our committee webpage to learn more.
Last week, Legislative Chair Jorge Morales, Deputy Executive Director Chris Lancaster and I visited Sacramento to meet with Assembly and Senate Leadership, notably Assemblymember Anthony Rendon and the Senate President Pro Tempore Kevin de Leon. Efforts such as these enhance our proactive advocacy efforts at the State level.
I would like to thank you all again for the opportunity to serve as your President and I look forward to the great work we will accomplish together over the coming year.
Lastly, I would like to thank the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department and the Los Angeles County Fire Department, respectively, for graciously hosting our August and September Board Meetings. The hospitality shown to Contract Cities is much appreciated and we always have a wonderful time.
I look forward to seeing you all at the League Annual Conference in San Jose.
California Contract Cities Association
|In late July, a strategic planning workshop was held to assess the current direction of Contract Cities and set goals for the organization's growth and success. After many hours of thoughtful discussion, the Board is proud to present the new CCCA Strategic Plan. It can be viewed on our website.
|Actively Seeking New Members
|The Membership Committee, led by Chair Ali Taj, is working very hard to recruit new members. You can do your part by spreading the word about the good work that Contract Cities does. Our team is in the process of developing a membership brochure to assist with recruitment efforts.
|Planning Continues for the Fall Summit
Special Events Committee Chair James Bozajian and his committee are hard at work planning the 35th Annual Fall Summit at the Laguna Cliffs Marriott. The Committee is diligently planning sessions and booking speakers. Val Zavala of KCET will once again be the host moderator. Registration will be open soon, so keep an eye out for an email with that information. The
is always an informative conference on relevant policy issues facing our cities.
35th Annual Fall Seminar
Laguna Cliffs Marriott Resort and Spa
Save the Date
Sacramento Legislative Orientation Tour Sheraton Grand Hotel
Major Pro Tem
City of Calabasas
James Bozajian was elected to the Calabasas City Council in 1997, and is presently serving his fifth term in office. He has been on the Executive Board of the California Contract Cities Association since 2008, and was President in 2011-12. James is now Chairman of CCCA's Special Events Committee, whose duties include organizing the annual Fall Seminar.
James graduated from W.H. Taft High School in Woodland Hills, California. He received a Bachelor of Arts degree in History from UCLA, and a Juris Doctor from USC School of Law. He has practiced law since 1990, and worked a quarter of a century as a Los Angeles County Deputy District Attorney.
At the District Attorney's Office, James was elected to the Board of Directors of the Los Angeles County Association of Deputy District Attorneys, the union representing the largest local organization of prosecutors in the nation. His 22-year tenure on the Board, including two terms as President, was the longest of anyone in the group's history.
James has held many other leadership roles in the public sector. He has served on the Agoura Hills/Calabasas Community Center Joint Powers Authority since it opened to the public in 1999, and has been Chairman of the Board for about half of that time. He has served on the Board of Directors of the Calabasas/Las Virgenes Historical Society since 2001, and is currently its President.
James has many hobbies and pastimes covering a wide range of interests, from political commentator to playing an occasional game of Dungeons & Dragons. He is an avid reader, and has published numerous articles on topics relating to history, law, politics, municipal government, and crime. James recently co-authored a book about Calabasas history scheduled to be released by a major national publishing company later this year.