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Lincoln City Council travels to Washington, D.C.

Annual lobbying trip includes city manager
By: Steve Archer, Reporter
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Lincoln was well-represented this week at an annual lobbying trip to the nation’s capital with all five City Councilmen and the city manager attending.

The Lincoln City Council, and city manager Matt Brower, left for Washington D.C. Friday and returned Wednesday from the Sacramento Metropolitan Chamber of Commerce’s 46th annual Cap-to-Cap trip.

The trip’s cost was $4,000 each and came out of the council’s budget, according to Lincoln Mayor Spencer Short. The $24,000 excursion is designed to put Sacramento-area leaders in front of their congressional counterparts to lobby for local projects.

Short, a member of the water resource team, had meetings scheduled: Monday with Congressman Ari Bera (D-Sacramento); the Senate Environment and Public Works Committee and the House Natural Resources Committee subcommittee on water, power and oceans; and Tuesday with Congressman Jerry McNerney (D-Stockton) and Congressman Doug LaMalfa (R-Oroville).

Lincoln Councilman Paul Joiner attended the Cap-to-Cap trip as a member of the transportation committee and was expected to meet Monday with the Senate Appropriations Committee, subcommittee on Transportation, the Senate Environment and Public Works Committee and Congressman Tom McClintock; Tuesday with the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee, subcommittee on Highways and Transit and the Department of Transportation’s (DOT) Federal Railroad Administration; and Wednesday with the DOT’s Federal Transit Administration’s office of the administrator.

Joiner emailed that the transportation committee was focused on securing long-term funding sources for transportation projects. He hoped to also meet with a representative of the Federal Aviation Administration to discuss the Lincoln Regional Airport.

“Now that Congress has approved, and the president has signed, a five-year, $305 billion highway bill, the next steps are securing a portion of that funding for regional highway transportation projects,” Joiner emailed The News Messenger. “The Highway 65/I-80 Interchange improvements, the widening of Highway 65 and construction of the future Placer Parkway – connecting Highway 65 to (Highway) 99/70 – are of particular interest and focus to those of us in South Placer.”

Lincoln Councilman Stan Nader said his focus would be on the homelessness issue.

“It is one of the economic development Team’s strategic issues,” Nader emailed The News Messenger.

Nader’s scheduled meetings included the National Alliance to End Homelessness, the U.S. Interagency Council on Homelessness, Family and Youth Services Bureau Main Street America Program, the House Financial Services Committee and National Coalition for Homeless Veterans.

Lincoln Councilman Peter Gilbert, a member of the Economic and Community Development team, was scheduled to meet with the Brookings Institution, the Department of Commerce, the U.S. Department of Agriculture Office of Food, Nutrition and Consumer Services and the House Financial Services Committee.

Lincoln Councilman Gabriel Hydrick attended as part of two teams: the civic amenities team and Homeland Security team.

“The Civic Amenities Team will take a look at how civic amenities can help advance a region’s economy,” Hydrick emailed. “For example, we will visit the Architect of the Capitol’s office to study the new visitor center to understand how it is operated and contributes to the economy. I will bring back insight, lessons and a network to Lincoln and the Sacramento region to improve our quality of life.”

The 46th annual Sacramento Metropolitan Chamber of Commerce Cap-to-Cap trip includes civic and business leaders from the six-county region; which includes Sacramento, Placer, Yolo, Yuba, Sutter and El Dorado counties.