The cities and towns of Marin County jointly contract with Emanuels Jones & Associates for legislative advocacy services. Working with the Legislative Committee of the Marin County Council of Mayors and Councilmembers (MCCMC), Emanuels Jones reviews all legislative bills for their impact on Marin and takes action of specific proposals. This work includes advocating for the protection of local revenues during the state’s budget process, preserving local control on housing and other issues, and advancing other legislative issues of interest to Marin. The advocate coordinates visits to the Capitol to meet with and talk to state legislators and other state officials.
San Rafael acts as the lead agency for the purpose of the agreement, but all cities and towns share the cost apportioned by assessed value and population.
The City's legislative and advocacy efforts focus on topics that specifically relate to City services in the following areas:
- Local control. Support local control of resources, tools, and decision-making. Oppose preemption of local authority. Support the use of state incentives for local government action rather than mandates. Protect and enhance local government discretion.
- City Finances. Protect and increase local funding, policies, or programs that impact the City's budget and economic health. Oppose unfunded mandates. Pursue or retain federal and state funding for key efforts. Protect local revenue sources at appropriate levels. Promote economic development.
- Police, Fire, and Emergency Preparedness Issues. Support legislation, programs, and policies that impact the City's funding for and ability to provide police, fire, and emergency preparedness services.
- Environmental Sustainability. Support programs related to and consistent with the City's Climate Change Action Plan including climate and environmental protection, zero waste goals, and sustainable building.
- Land Use and Transportation. Support funding for transportation improvements, maintenance and rehabilitation. Preserve local control over land use decisions. Support affordable housing development. Promote livability and sustainable development. Support funding for parks and open space.