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Partnership Board of Directors Meets in Stockton, CA for Q4 Meeting

Earlier this month, OCED helped deliver the Quarter 4  Board of Directors Meeting for the California Partnership for the San Joaquin Valley. The December 7th meeting took place at the Stockton Memorial Civic Auditorium. 

Board Chairman Vito Chiesa (Stanislaus County Supervisor) began the meeting by recognizing the various sponsors which included included A.G. Spanos Companies, San Joaquin Council of Governments, San Joaquin County Assessor's Office and San Joaquin Regional Rail Commission. While other sponsor representatives offered brief remarks, San Joaquin Council of Governments, Executive Director, Andrew Chesley delivered a 4-slide presentation on San Joaquin Valley regional transportation highlights and priorities as presented to the California Air Resources Board in recent weeks. 
A brief update on the Partnership Sustainability Subcommittee's December 5th meeting also included an announcement from Arturo Barajas, a legislative staffer from Assemblymember Dr. Joaquin Arambula, regarding the Assemblymember's proposed legislation to codify the Partnership with the State of California. The announcement was received with applause and positive feedback from Board Members. 
A staff member from Assemblymember Jim Cooper's office proceeded by providing an update on the Assemblymember's legislative priorities. California Transportation Commissioner, Paul Van Konynenburg then delivered a thorough presentation on transportation funding programs and their impact on the San Joaquin Valley. 
The morning's final presentation was delivered by Lahela Mattox, Local Government Liaison, Homeless Emergency Aid Program, California Business, Consumer Services and Housing Agency. Ms. Mattox's presentation on the Homeless Emergency Aid Program (HEAP), No Place Like Home (NPLH) Program and California Emergency Solutions and Housing (CESH) funding programs was received with a great deal of interest, questions and follow up from Board Members. The topic had been an issue of high interest for the Board since the 2018 Q2 Board Meeting. 
After a brief lunch break, the meeting was reconvened by Board Chairman Chiesa and launched into a presentation on Community Choice Energy, delivered by a 4-person panel of industry leaders. The presentation provided an overview of the alternative energy model and highlighted the implementation of a community choice energy program in Yolo County. 
The final presentation of the day was delivered by Kurt Wilson, City Manager, City of Stockton. Mr. Wilson provided an overview of the City's strategic initiatives, including ongoing economic development and public safety programs. 
The 2019 Quarter 1 Board of Directors Meeting is scheduled for March 15, 2019 in Madera County.