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We are LIVE! Join us and the League of California Cities Women's Caucus for "Promoting Racial and Gender Equity in the Tech Space". Hear from experts & leaders in the tech space on how they are fostering diversity within their companies & across communities. Tune in: https://bit.ly/2Z79Bha
League of California Cities Women's Caucus Virtual Board Retreat discussing priorities for the upcoming year!
Proud to serve as the President of the League of CA Cities API Caucus and to have the opportunity to serve on the Governing Board of the League of California Cities with these great leaders - Mayor Ellen Kamei for the City of Mountain View and President of the League of California Cities Women's Caucus; Esmeralda Soria, Councilmember for the City of Fresno and President of the League of California Cities Latino Caucus and Walter Allen, Councilmember for the City of Covina and President of the League of California Cities African American Caucus

(not pictured: Dan Arriola, Councilmember for the City of Tracy and President of the League of California Cities LGBTQ Caucus)
In partnership with the League of California Cities Women's Caucus, we are proud to host "Promoting Racial and Gender Equity in the Tech Space" on December 13th! Hear from experts & leaders in the tech space on how they are fostering greater diversity within their companies & across communities. Register today! https://bit.ly/2Z79Bha
Lilli Cloud shared a post: Here's some election news we can celebrate. LA County will now be governed by an all-female board. No more thinking the future is female. It's happening now. These five women oversee a $35-billion budget, leading the most populous county in the United States, home to the third-largest metropolitan economy in the world and one quarter of all Californians. #womenlead #election2020
California Consulting, Inc was honored to present in the Loan and Grant Writing Webinar hosted by L.A. County Supervisor Kathryn Barger, Chairwoman, Board of Supervisors, today at 9:00 am.

Joseph Nicchitta, Director, LA County Department of Consumer Business Affairs and Tunua Thrash-Ntuk, Executive Director, Local Initiatives Support Corporate Los Angeles, California Consulting Inc CEO Steve Samuelian and Senior Project Manager Ashley Ramsey each conducted a presentation about grant opportunities.

Steve and Ashley conducted a Grant Writing Best Practices Presentation with close to 400 participants in the webinar.

Thank you Supervisor Barger!

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Get to know Director Lois Takahashi, Ph.D.! Takahashi is the USC Houston I. Flournoy Professor of State Government and Director of the USC Price School in Sacramento. Her research focuses on public and social service delivery to vulnerable populations in the U.S. and in Southeast Asian cities, including work on homelessness and HIV/AIDS in Los Angeles, community opposition toward social services in the U.S., social capital and health for vulnerable populations, and environmental governance in the U.S. and Southeast Asian cities. Check out her #FacultyFeature to read her answers to your questions!


Q: How can we work as policy folks to not perpetuate and reverse biases in institutions?


A: This is a great question, and both require hard work that is long lasting. Both require that we first recognize that we have biases, implicit and explicit. I think one of the hardest things to recognize is our own implicit bias. We see the world through our individual lenses (our own experience, our world view or what reality seems to be for us, what we learn through classes, conversations, and connections), and the lenses of our close communities and trusted mentors and supporters. We can work on educating ourselves by “putting ourselves in another’s shoes” – reading, dialogue, and listening – with the goal of understanding what we currently do not understand. To reverse biases takes even more work. The institutions with which we are aligned, whether it be the university, organizations, agencies, religious institutions, or other groups, must recognize first that there is a problem with bias, and then work across many levels, groups, and over time for long term action. This is a marathon, not a sprint, to use a sports metaphor.


Q: What’s one thing we probably don’t know about s*xually oriented massage parlors that we should be aware of?


A: I have been working on this issue with my community based partner, APAIT in Los Angeles (Jury Candelario, who is an MSW alum from USC is the director) for over a decade, and more recently with my colleague John Chin at Hunter College in New York City, and his community based partner Apicha Community Health Center. I have learned a few things. First, what sometimes seem to be simple problems can actually be quite complex. When APAIT and I started this work over a decade ago, we thought that the goal was to move these women workers in these massage parlors into different economic sectors (other low skilled labor markets with low barriers to entry). What we found was that these women had already tried these alternatives and could not make enough money to pay for household needs and their children’s education. We had to revisit our bias, and go back to the starting point, and figure out what would help these women. We are still working on that part of the issue even after a decade of research! Second, our planning and geography lenses helped us to focus on analyzing the locations of these parlors to try to assess the effects of legal means to close these parlors down. But as you are all learning in your classes across the Price School, policy problems can be “wicked” and seemingly clear cut policy approaches can end up having unintended consequences. In our case, statewide licensing laws both in California and New York did not seem to reduce the number of women workers or parlors in Los Angeles County or New York City, and local land use ordinances did not seem to affect location much either. As we hear a lot from our economist friends, markets (both supply of workers and demand for s*x work) can drive a lot of business decisions even in these illicit markets.


Q: How does the HIV/AIDS crisis in LA differ from other US cities?


A: I would probably describe HIV/AIDS remains a crisis for some populations (especially BIPOC and those in extreme poverty, such as unsheltered populations) and moving to a chronic condition for other populations (those who are housed, employed, and have generous health coverage). We see parallels with COVID-19, in the sense that infectious diseases more severely affect populations and groups that experience structural racism and violence, poverty, discrimination, and lack of access to diagnosis, treatment, and care. California has been a leader at the state and local levels in thinking about data collection, integrating services, and collaboration among public health, university, and community-based organizations to innovate and create new solutions. One of the biggest issues now is how we can, as public health and policy researchers, figure out how to improve the acceptability of PrEP (Pre-Exposure Prophylaxis, please see https://www.cdc.gov/hiv/basics/prep.html) for vulnerable populations. PrEP when taken correctly can help prevent the virus from infecting the body even if one is exposed to HIV. But like a lot of health and medical research, there is a lot of confusion about PrEP and its effects, and so more work needs to be done to figure out how to improve acceptability and access.


Q: What do you mean by “community opposition toward social services” in the U.S.?


A: Whenever there is a controversial issue at the local level, there are often residents in neighborhoods and communities who will organize to repel the controversial or undesirable development, group, or land use. Social services, especially supporting populations deemed to be undesirable, may encounter opposition by vocal individuals and groups through petitions, testimony at public hearings, and lawsuits to delay building or operations. Also known by various acronyms, e.g., NIMBY (Not In My Back Yard), community opposition has been a rather effective way of stopping or delaying construction or operations of social services. Though often seen as a characteristic of wealthy neighborhoods, organized opposition has also been increasingly used by lower income communities to prevent gentrification or to repel the location of prisons and jails.


Q: I’d love to hear more about your work for the API Legislative Academy and BUILD.


A: USC Price in Sacramento is located close to the state Capitol, many of our current MPA students work in the executive and legislative branches, and many of our Price alumni work in state government or in advocacy/lobbying firms. We are very fortunate to be able to partner in substantive ways with many organizations in and around the Capitol on events and programs that support the USC Price School mission to “improve the quality of life for people and their communities”. These two programs you mention, the API Legislative Academy and BUILD are two such programs, both in partnership with USC Price alum. The Asian Pacific Islander Legislative Academy was founded by Annie Lam, USC Price MPA alum, who also directs a number of other pipelining and leadership development programs through her leadership with APIs Mobilize, the League of CA Cities API Caucus, and the League of California Cities Women's Caucus, among others. We partner with Annie by hosting the API Leg Academy, which aims to build upward career mobility for legislative staffers of API descent. We have partnered on hosting three cohorts of the Academy, which has shown early promise in moving API staffers up the legislative staffer ladder. BUILD (Blacks United in Leadership Development) was founded by California Assemblymember Reginald Jones-Sawyer Sr. (D, AD-59), and aims to provide leadership training and mentorship to up and coming Black/African Americans in the public, nonprofit, and private sectors to expand the network of Black/African American professionals in the Sacramento region. BUILD is starting up its second cohort, and I am predicting that this program will also result in early success.


Q: From a student on the Advanced Public Policy Analysis track to a professor teaching Foundations of Public Policy Analysis, what is some valuable information you can pass along about careers in policy analysis?


A: I know that COVID-19 has caused distress and death, in addition to the economic downtown, affecting so many lives and contributing to rising stress in households and among our students. Social movements for racial justice have created openings for new conversations and increasing steps to address past wrongs, but also uncertainty about governance and the appropriate form and function of public safety. I think in this disrupted and disruptive world we find ourselves in, your public policy, public administration, urban planning, health administration, and real estate courses are preparing you for what is bound to be a changed world, in which adaptability, evidence based decisions, and the ability to communicate will be even more necessary. There will be a huge need for your energy, dedication, analytical skills, and ability to communicate results to a diverse set of constituents and communities. And so I think, learn everything you can, meet as many people as you can, make yourself uncomfortable with ideas different from your own, and learn how to adapt. Try new roles, seek out opportunities in sectors and organizations that you would never have considered, and most importantly, stay optimistic. As I said in response to the question about bias, social change and policy making are marathons, not sprints, so stay committed!

The Women's Caucus of the League of California Cities' is building stronger communities throughout C

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04/01/2022

The first woman in California to sign a bill into law, but not the last!

I am humbled to step in as Acting Governor today and be part of history as the first woman in California to sign a bill into law.

I remain more determined than ever to ensure that while I may be the first to do so, I will certainly not be the last.

California’s nation-leading rent relief program has provided much needed relief for more than 220,000 households across the state. Today’s action will provide additional time to thousands more who are in the process of acquiring emergency relief.

Photos from League of California Cities Women's Caucus's post 03/31/2022

As Women's History Month comes to a close, the League of California Cities Women’s Caucus honors “Women of Persistence” who have shaped local history and its future through their tireless commitment.

Congratulations to our honorees! Click here to view their full bios: https://tinyurl.com/WomenOfPersistence2022

#WomensHistoryMonth #WomenLeadership

03/31/2022

A Special Spotlight on Women's Caucus Co-Founding Board Member, Jan Arbuckle

A Conversation with Executive Director Annie Lam

Jan Arbuckle shared how she got started in public service and how she got involved in creating the Caucus. She currently serves as the Vice Mayor of Grass Valley and was recently appointed as the President of the National League of Cities' Women in Municipal Government Caucus.

#WomensHistoryMonth #WomenLeadership #WomenSupportingWomen

03/30/2022

Thank you to our board of directors for their contributions in uplifting the voices of women and other marginalized communities.

The Caucus looks forward to advancing women leadership and representation in all sectors through our training, networking, scholarship, and mentorship opportunities.

#WomensHistoryMonth #WomenLeadership

03/29/2022

A "Woman of Influence" is a leader who made an impact in her community, profession, and beyond. Our honorees are nominated by members in the Women’s Caucus network.

When Beth took the helm at Anthem Blue Cross’ Commercial Plan in September of 2019, she could not have foreseen the challenges that lay ahead in the new year. Without hesitation, however, Beth looked for opportunities for the health plan to make a meaningful impact in the lives and health of millions of Californians.

She empowered her leadership team to work with communities and providers to find creative ways to assist those in need. This was put to action in a variety of ways: from partnering with LAUSD to ensure students had access to healthy meals during the shutdown to accelerating more than $600 million in payments to support hospitals, medical groups and doctors on the frontlines providing COVID-19 treatment and supplementing critical services in communities across the state.

Read her full bio here: https://tinyurl.com/BethAndersen-WomanOfInfluence

#WomanOfInfluence #womenshistorymonth #womensupportingwomen #womenleadership

Photos from HATEISAVIRUS's post 03/16/2022

It has been one year since the tragic shooting that took place in Atlanta, Georgia. A total of 8 victims, 6 of which being Asian women were murdered in a racially motivated attack towards the API community. This is just one instance of violence against API women in a string of hate crimes that have ramped up since the beginning of the pandemic.

We continue to mourn the lives lost in this tragedy. We will remain diligent in fighting for justice, safety, and dignity, for all API and other marginalized women.

: ‘Women were hard hit, and women of color were hit even harder’: On Equal Pay Day, how the pandemic impacted the gender wage gap – Traders Library Center 03/15/2022

: ‘Women were hard hit, and women of color were hit even harder’: On Equal Pay Day, how the pandemic impacted the gender wage gap – Traders Library Center

This year, March 15 is Equal Pay Day.

This symbolic day reminds us to celebrate the progress that has been made. It also highlights the progress that still needs to be done in eliminating the gender pay gap, especially for women of color. We hope to continue to fight and advocate for gender equity in work and all areas of life.

#EqualPayDay

: ‘Women were hard hit, and women of color were hit even harder’: On Equal Pay Day, how the pandemic impacted the gender wage gap – Traders Library Center Latest News : ‘Women were hard hit, and women of color were hit even harder’: On Equal Pay Day, how the pandemic impacted the gender wage gap By 5 hours ago3 views ShareTweet 0 Women have long fought for the right to earn the same amount as men. And by some measures, they have earned significant...

03/15/2022

Congratulations to Sheryl Klein!

In honor of Women's History Month, the League of California Cities Women’s Caucus honors “Women of Persistence” who have shaped local history and its future through their tireless commitment.

Yesterday, Palo Alto Council Member Alison Cormack recognized Sheryl Klein as a Woman of Persistence at her city council meeting. She is the Chief Operating Officer of Palo Alto Housing (now Alta Housing). Sheryl has been a strong advocate for housing justice and has been an active member in her community through her work at numerous non-profit organizations for the past 30 years.

Photo (Left to Right): Mayor Pat Burt, Woman of Persistence recipient Sheryl Klein, and Councilmember & Women’s Caucus Board Member Alison Cormack

#WomensHistoryMonth #WomanOfPersistence #PaloAlto

International Women's Day 2022: 18 Photos Of Influential Women 03/08/2022

International Women's Day 2022: 18 Photos Of Influential Women

Happy International Women's Day! We are proud of how far women have come in the United States and we are grateful for the sacrifices of the women who came before us.

Here are 18 influential women you should know and celebrate! Click on the link below to learn more about each individual.

#WomensHistoryMonth #InternationalWomensDay #InfluentialWomen

International Women's Day 2022: 18 Photos Of Influential Women From Harriet Tubman and Rosa Parks to Judge Ketanji Jackson, the U.S. Women's Soccer Team and Wally Funk, these women will inspire you.

Why the U.S. celebrates Women’s History Month every March 03/01/2022

Why the U.S. celebrates Women’s History Month every March

Happy #WomensHistoryMonth!

"Women have always been part of history. But for centuries, their participation in it was overlooked: Early history texts often excluded women altogether, aside from accounts of powerful women like queens... Here’s a look at how [Women's History Month] began—and the obstacles its founders faced along the way."

Why the U.S. celebrates Women’s History Month every March Frustrations over the exclusion of women from America’s national narrative boiled over in the 1970s—leading to the creation of Women’s History Month.

These 5 Black women made history — and here’s why you should know their stories 03/01/2022

These 5 Black women made history — and here’s why you should know their stories

Black women in the United States fought to end slavery, advocate for civil rights, and pass the Voting Rights Act. Let's celebrate them everyday beyond #BlackHistoryMonth!

These 5 Black women made history — and here’s why you should know their stories Let this inspiring group — which includes an explorer, a mother, a politician and two other remarkable individuals — expand your knowledge of American history.

02/25/2022

We are proud to share the great news that President Joe Biden has selected Ketanji Brown Jackson as his nominee to the U.S. Supreme Court. Ketanji Brown Jackson is making history as the first Black woman to be named to the highest court in the nation.

As we celebrate this historic victory during Black History Month, we must continue to advocate for diversity in leadership roles. Ketanji Brown Jackson will be the first woman on the supreme court, but she will not be the last.

#KetanjiBrownJackson #BlackHistoryMonth

02/23/2022

You're invited to our Membership Session on March 14th from 12-1pm.

Click here to view the full e-news: https://conta.cc/3v4FX9U

02/02/2022

Happy #BlackHistoryMonth!!! This month is a great time to reflect on the achievements made by Black Americans and their contributions to the United States.

Last year, there was a record number of Black women mayors leading eight major U.S. cities. While this is a huge achievement, we know there's more work to be done to increase diversity and equity in leadership roles everywhere! Here's the list of the incredible line up. https://www.nytimes.com/2021/10/27/us/black-women-mayor-us-cities.html

01/31/2022

In recognition of #NationalMentoringMonth, we'd like to thank all mentors who lead others to success!

Do you have a mentor you'd like to recognize and celebrate? Here's how to say thank you in 40 different ways! https://futureofworking.com/thank-you-notes-to-give-your-mentor/

12/13/2021

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In partnership with the League of California Cities Women's Caucus, we are proud to host "Promoting Racial and Gender Equity in the Tech Space" on December 13th! Hear from experts & leaders in the tech space on how they are fostering greater diversity within their companies & across communities. Register today! https://bit.ly/2Z79Bha

12/01/2021

📣 In partnership with the USC State Capital Center in Sacramento, we are proud to host "Promoting Racial and Gender Equity in the Tech Space" on December 13th!

📣 Hear from experts & leaders in the tech space on how they are fostering greater diversity within their companies & across communities.

📣 Register today! https://bit.ly/2Z79Bha

In partnership with the League of California Cities Women's Caucus, we are proud to host "Promoting Racial and Gender Equity in the Tech Space" on December 13th! Hear from experts & leaders in the tech space on how they are fostering greater diversity within their companies & across communities. Register today! https://bit.ly/2Z79Bha

11/29/2021

Aisha Wahab became the first Afghan-American woman to serve in public office in the United States of America after receiving the highest number of votes to become a Hayward City Council Member in 2018.

She worked to ensure housing for low and extremely low-income individuals, provide seniors programs to stay active, educate immigrants to become more civically engaged, and support victims of domestic violence as they find safety and re-start their lives. Aisha has spent years organizing around these issues and many more including education, the environment, civic engagement, and women's rights.

Read her full biography here: https://bit.ly/3xCre5h

11/29/2021

Karen Baker is a nationally recognized leader, strategist, and community problem solver, who currently works to address California’s most pressing issues by leveraging service, partnerships, and innovative program design.

Read her full biography here: https://bit.ly/2YnR4wE

Asian Americans were elected to lead 3 cities as mayor. Here’s what made that possible. 11/17/2021

Asian Americans were elected to lead 3 cities as mayor. Here’s what made that possible.

Congratulations to Michelle Wu! She makes history as the first Asian American and the first woman elected mayor of Boston. Those in attendance at the swearing-in included U.S. Sens. Elizabeth Warren and Edward Markey, U.S. Rep. Ayanna Pressley, and Gov. Charlie Baker.

Asian Americans were elected to lead 3 cities as mayor. Here’s what made that possible. Early in Aftab Pureval's political career, a peer gave him a word of warning. “‘Brown guy named Aftab, that’s gonna be tough,’” recalled Pureval, now the

Photos from League of California Cities Women's Caucus's post 10/25/2021

Last month, over 200 members attended and re-connected for the first time in person at our Caucus activities at the Cal Cities Annual Conference. The Women’s Caucus hosted a session on effective leadership during challenging times and new board members were sworn in at the membership meeting. The Caucus is grateful for

The Caucus is grateful for Immediate Past President & Rolling Hills Mayor Beatriz Dieringer for her leadership during a challenging year and looks forward to working with Mountain View Mayor Ellen Kamei in her new capacity as President of the Women's Caucus.

At the Caucus’ annual wine and cheese reception, we honored our Partner of the Year, CA Women Leading Government, for their leadership and work to advance women. We’re proud to partner with them over the years to support and empower more women to leadership roles, particularly focusing on increasing more women to lead city management roles.

To become a Women’s Caucus member, sign up here: https://www.cacities.org/Special-Pages/E-shop/Caucuses/Women-s

10/05/2021

Learn how to get appointed as a commissioner on the state level!

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A Special Spotlight on Women's Caucus Co-Founding Board Member, Jan Arbuckle
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API Women Mayor 2021 Highlight: Farrah Khan (Irvine)
API Women Mayor 2021 Highlight: Jocelyn Yow (Eastvale)
API Women Mayor 2021 Highlight: Juslyn Manalo (Daly City)
API Women Mayor 2021 Highlight: Ellen Kamei (Mountain View)
API Women Mayor 2021 Highlight: Rachelle Arizmendi (Sierra Madre)
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