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Pulskamp to lead League of California Cities city managers

Posted: September 23, 2009 12:03 p.m.
Updated: September 23, 2009 6:00 p.m.
Santa Clarita City Manager Ken Pulskamp was named president of the City Managers Department of the League of California Cities.

The one-year appointment spans 2010. During his acceptance speech, Pulskamp detailed a full work plan.

Pulskamp was sworn in as president at the annual League of California Cities conference held in San Jose last week, at which time he acknowledged out-going president Kevin Duggan and discussed the new 2010 work program for the League's City Managers Department.

The three areas on which Pulskamp plans to focus in 2010 include pension reform, state governance and continuation of department reforms.

Pulskamp would like to see the City Mangers Department take the lead in developing fiscally responsible solutions that are fair to employees, employers and taxpayers to deal with much-needed pension reform in California.

Pulskamp envisions the City Managers Department working in concert with League of California Cities staff and other league departments to develop recommendations and the next steps in reforming the state's governance and fiscal systems.

With regard to department reforms, Pulskamp will continue the work started this year with changes to bylaws to help better define the roles and responsibilities of department offices and the role of area manager groups.

"This is a very exciting time to be in local government. I am looking forward to the coming year and working with city managers across the state to address the many challenges we are facing," Pulskamp said.

In this role, Pulskamp will be instrumental in helping to shape League of California Cities' advocacy efforts on how to protect local governments from future state financial borrowing and take of local revenues in the ongoing effort to balance California's budget.

For example, as a result of the recently approved state budget, Santa Clarita expects to lose approximately $4.4 million in the next fiscal year.


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