NLC President Marie Lopez Rogers, mayor, Avondale, AZ addressed colleagues from across the country today at the U.S. Conference of Mayors (USCM) annual conference in Washington. Mayor Rogers spoke about the two organizations' deep commitment to local government issues and stressed the vital need for partnership in the coming year.
NLC President Marie Lopez Rogers, mayor of Avondale, AZ, released a statement in response to President Obama's proposed plans for reducing gun violence saying, "The actions and ideas shared by President Obama today speak to the comprehensive effort necessary to reduce gun violence across our country. Further, we believe the President is correct in not waiting for Congress to act by using his powers of Executive Order to begin safeguarding the lives of our citizens immediately."
NLC's leadership team gathered in Washington, DC, last week to discuss the organization's legislative priorities for 2013 and to offer strategic guidance to NLC's new executive director on how to increase NLC's impact in federal policy making and its relevance to city leaders.
NLC President Marie Lopez Rogers, mayor, Avondale, AZ has announced the appointment of the chairs of NLC's seven policy committees and nine member councils.
NLC leadership gathered at the White House last week to hear directly from White House staff on the President's agenda and goals for his second term. The briefing - part of NLC's annual leadership meeting-served as an opportunity for the new NLC Board of Directors, council and committee chairs, to discuss key challenges facing the country with White House representatives.
Columnist Neal Peirce writes that newly elected North Carolina Governor Pat McCrory is one of the most interesting mixes in today's American politics and public life. McCrory, a former 14-year mayor of Charlotte, clinched the Republican nomination and then sailed to easy victory last November to be inaugurated earlier this month as the first big-city leader to become governor in the state's history.
In response to President Obama's press conference on the debt ceiling Monday, NLC President Marie Lopez Rogers, mayor, Avondale, AZ, said: “Americans are tired and frustrated by the inability of Congress to act responsibly and pass legislation to raise the debt ceiling. As President Obama reiterated time and again this morning, America must pay its bills. We agree—as the consequences of inaction will be devastating for our nation’s cities and towns."
A new report published by CFED and NLC highlights six no-cost or low-cost ideas for how city officials can get started in helping more families in their community achieve financial stability.
Earlier this month, the EPA published a memorandum, "Safe Drinking Water Act - Consumer Confidence Report Delivery Options," clarifying options for delivering Consumer Confidence Reports (CCRs). The memorandum clarifies that water suppliers may use electronic delivery options for CCRs, including delivery of the report's URL, to comply with the requirement to "directly deliver" the CCR. NLC supports this decision.
Last week, the U.S. Supreme Court protected local governments when it unanimously held the Los Angeles County Flood Control District (District) was not liable under the Clean Water Act (CWA) for contaminated runoff that its storm drains channeled into larger rivers, and eventually the Pacific Ocean.