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Local officials are currently in the nation’s capital to lobby for federal support – and funding – for regional projects, pushing the City Council meeting to Thursday.
“For me, it’s all about our levees,” City Councilwoman Angelique Ashby said. “I’m doing all I can to keep the conversation going (about funding) here in Washington.”
Ashby represents an area of the city where levee work is needed to improve flood control, but projects have stalled due to lack of federal funding.
City Council members Jay Schenirer, Steve Cohn, Bonnie Pannell and Ashby and City Manager John Shirey left Sacramento Friday with the Cap-to-Cap program, organized by the Sacramento Metro Chamber of Commerce.
While in D.C., the group will work alongside a contingent of nearly 300 California elected officials and business representatives to reach out to lawmakers in the nation’s capital to bring attention to regional issues – and encourage federal support.
Schenirer, Cohn, Pannell and Shirey will return in time for Thursday’s council meeting, but Ashby said she will remain in Washington for another day of meetings and lectures.
“I guess I’m batting cleanup,” Ashby said in a text Wednesday.
When the rest of the council members convene Thursday, they are expected to discuss the 2030 general plan– including the new green development code, updates to the city parking plan and a new climate action plan.
The Community Development Department annually reports on the general plan to highlight the city’s accomplishments and report on current challenges, according to the staff report.
Melissa Corker is a staff reporter for The Sacramento Press. Follow her on Twitter @MelissaCorker.