Placer supes, staff jetting to D.C. for annual federal lobbying tripBy: Gus Thomson, Journal Staff Writer
Making the cross-country trek and
Holmes said that while
“We go back every year, and I see the value of that because not only do we meet elected officials but, more importantly, staff officials who know what we’re doing in
In December, supervisors approved out-of-county travel for Holmes, Montgomery and staff. At the time, Carlos said that the total estimated travel, lodging and food cost would be about $1,200 to $1,600 for each participant. In total, the bill will be an estimated $6,000 to $8,000.
Holmes said he’ll be splitting his costs between the county and the Placer County Transportation Planning Agency. Holmes, the agency chairman this year, will represent county transportation interests with Executive Director Celia McAdam.
The intent of the trip is to meet with elected or appointed officials of the
Rich Gold, the county’s representative with
Gold said county representatives with Holland & Knight talk to elected officials on an almost daily basis in Washington. But visits from Placer County representatives bring to life the needs back in California and the chance for federal collaboration or funding, he said.
“It’s incredibly valuable, and I think the county has seen benefit from the early days of redoing Foresthill Road with federal assistance to the widening of I-80 to, now, the wastewater plan – and on to the habitat conservation plan,” Gold said.
New university proposals and work on the Placer Parkway through-route in South Placer County will also require federal coordination, he said. Holland & Knight has a $143,640 lobbying and advocacy contract with the county that was renewed for 2014 in December.