Over the next six months, the Council will wrestle with a number of issues that will impact our city’s future, including strategic items such as the City budget, urban agriculture, an increasing the minimum wage, and a new inclusionary hiring ordinance.
As a part of my Council-related responsibilities, I remain the Chair of the Law and Legislation Committee. Issues on the docket for the next twelve months will include a new city tree ordinance, food trucks, bikes on sidewalks, ethics commission, neighborhood advisory committee, redistricting and more. I also currently serve on the Budget and Audit committee and Good Governance Ad Hoc Committee.
Each Councilmember is also appointed to a number of Boards and Commissions. Currently, I am Chair of Regional Transit, City Trustee to the Crocker Art Museum, and represent the City on the Sacramento Area Council of Governments (SACOG), Sacramento Employment Training Agency (SETA), Sacramento City Library Board of Directors, Sacramento Transportation Agency, Metropolitan Cable Commission, and several other boards. At each of these organizations, I do my best to represent the interests of the City, the neighborhoods I represent, and issues that support services to young people.
My own initiatives include continuing to support WayUp Sacramento, the revitalization of Oak Park. I am working on developing a Medical Innovation Zone along Stockton Blvd. to create jobs and solutions to address the homeless situation within our community.
Clearly, representing the interests of each of the neighborhoods in District 5 is important. Each community has their own respective issues, from parks, crime, to abandoned homes.
Please know that in all cases, I am listening closely to the voices in our neighborhoods. There is more, but I have run out of room. As always, please feel free to give me a call and let me know your thoughts.
In addition to his council duties, Jay works as an independent consultant and policy advisor on education reform and youth policy and strategies.