Two Lincoln councilmen to attend 'Cap-to-Cap' conference after 4-year absence

Short and Joiner will represent Lincoln at networking event in Washington, D.C. in April
By: Carol Percy, Reporter Lincoln News Messenger
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Lincoln City Councilmen Spencer Short and Paul Joiner will join nearly 300 area business leaders at the annual Capitol-to-Capitol networking event from April 12 to 17 in Washington, D.C.

The Cap-to-Cap trip “is about building relationships within the Sacramento region and with the federal government in order to benefit Lincoln,” Joiner said.

“This is an on-going effort,” Joiner explained. “Without these relationships, the Highway 65 bypass would never have been built.”

City Council recently authorized up to $7,000 for the event. As the trip costs exceed that amount, Short and Joiner will be paying some expenses out of pocket.

Lincoln City Manager Jim Estep said that Lincoln’s delegates have been absent from the Cap-to-Cap event for the past four years due to city “budget constraints and a lack of significant projects and issues to be discussed in Washington.”

“Lincoln’s absence has been noted and it is important to have a voice in the significant discussions that occur during the trip,” Estep added.

The Cap-to-Cap’s purpose is to “bring together the region’s business, labor and government leaders to build consensus for important regional priorities,” according to the Sacramento Chamber of Commerce website.

Cap-to-Cap delegates, representing six area counties, will network with colleagues and meet with congressional representatives at the nation’s capital.

“Hot topics” to be discussed include flood control, water quality, immigration, agriculture, jobs and business growth, cyber security and education.

For 43 years, the Cap-to-Cap advocacy program has been organized by the Sacramento Chamber of Commerce in partnership with regional chambers of commerce.

The event is the largest of its kind in the United States and includes leaders from the business community, nonprofit organizations, labor, local elected officials, and government agencies, said 2013 Cap-to-Cap chair Beverly Sandeen, vice chancellor for resource & economic development, in a newsletter prepared by the Sacramento chamber. 

Short said the trip “is an opportunity to network with colleagues and combine resources in order to compete for federal government support for local projects.”

Past Cap-to-Cap goals have included funding for the Regional Waste Water Treatment facility and Lincoln Regional Airport. Non-monetary goals have included limiting regulatory requirements and minimizing federal restrictions impeding progress on building roads and highways, according to Short.

Projects for 2013 will include a new water treatment plant for drinking water and the Placer County preservation plan, which will streamline federal permitting requirements.

Short also said he will participate in lobbying to ensure that Northern California water is not diverted to Southern California and will seek support for low- interest infrastructure loans for public projects.

Joiner said he will focus on finding federal funding sources for both the Nelson Lane project and for Lincoln Regional Airport improvements. Also, “if the opportunity presents,” he will continue discussions on the Placer County Conservation Plan — a partnership effort between the city of Lincoln and Placer County — “to bring control local.”

Currently, the Placer County Conservation Plan “is mostly in the hands of federal agencies,” according to Joiner.

As Lincoln’s representative to the Sacramento Area Council of Governments (SACOG), Joiner added that he will work “to continue the effort to effect good federal policy decisions for our region and our state.”