Want to help decide where Measure U money goes? Here's your chance

Want to help decide where Measure U money goes? Here's your chance

Starting Tuesday, Nov. 20, the City of Sacramento will accept applications from people interested in serving on the new Measure U Community Advisory Committee that will oversee Measure U spending.

Mayor Darrell Steinberg said voters’ passage of the 1-cent sales tax provides an opportunity for committee members to be a part of something big.

“This is the beginning of an inclusive process to build an inclusive modern economy in Sacramento,” Mayor Steinberg said. “For the first time ever, Sacramento has the ability to invest directly in genuine opportunity for all of its neighborhoods and all of its residents.”

Visit the Boards & Commissions section of the city’s website and type “Measure U” into the search bar if you’re interested. The application period will remain open until 5 p.m. on Jan. 9, 2019. Interested candidates should select “Measure U Community Advisory Committee” on their application.

Mayor and Council offices will hold four informational sessions for potential applicants between Dec. 1, 2018 and the first week of January 2019. Dates will be announced as soon as the sessions are scheduled.

As approved by the Council on Oct. 2, the new Measure U Community Advisory Committee will have 15 members, nine appointed by the Mayor and Council members from each council district and six by the Personnel & Public Employees Committee, which will select candidates based on the list of criteria below:

  • One member between 16 and 24 years old

  • One member with experience in affordable housing, homelessness or rental housing issues

  • One member representing a taxpayer organization

  • One member with experience in business, economic development or workforce development

  • One member with experience in community trauma, mental health or community-based crime reduction

  • One member with professional experience with youth-focused adult education, public health or environmental justice groups

Please indicate on your application whether you qualify under more than one of these categories. All members must live in the City of Sacramento.

City Council members select their nominees in late January, with confirmation by the City Council expected on Feb. 12, 2019. The Personnel & Public Employees Committee will interview the remaining qualified candidates on Feb. 5, 2019 and announce its nominations by Feb. 26, 2019. The City Council is expected to confirm the final six members at its meeting on March 5, 2019.

The City expects to convene the first meetings of the new committee in March and hold several meetings in the initial months. At their first meeting, and annually thereafter, the committee shall establish a calendar setting the time and place for regular meetings to be held no less than four times per year. Meetings are typically held in the evening in the City Council Chambers of Sacramento City Hall, 915 I St., Sacramento.

All members must complete Statement of Economic Interest forms (FPPC Form 700) within 30 days of appointment. No member may have a direct or indirect economic interest (other than as a member of the general public) in how Measure U money is spent. Those with an indirect interest include employees and owners of businesses that directly collect sales and use tax.

The Measure U Community Advisory Committee is responsible for providing recommendations on how to allocate resources to support inclusive community economic development to the City Council, which will make the final decisions. Committee members will also advise the City Council on priorities and review the performance of Measure U expenditures.

The Mayor and City Council, together with City staff, is also working to establish a board of investment experts that will provide input to the City Manager, the Measure U Community Advisory Committee, and the City Council on which investments will lead to inclusive economic growth.

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