These two committees will help City decide how to spend Measure U funds
The November City-wide vote in favor of Measure U was certified Tuesday as the City Council continued to nail down the governing structure that will guide spending from the 1-cent sales tax.
Two committees will help the City decide how to spend Measure U revenue, which is expected to total about $50 million a year above the amount that is currently obligated for core City services. One of these committees will consist of members appointed by the City Council; the second will be a panel of investment and subject-matter experts selected by the City Manager.
Both committees will hold regular meetings that are open to the public.
Speaking at the Dec. 11 meeting of the Sacramento City Council, Mayor Darrell Steinberg stressed that both committees should conduct their business transparently. While the City Council won’t directly appoint members of the Investment Committee, Mayor Steinberg asked that the slate of appointees be brought back to the Council for comment before it is finalized. The Investment Committee is being structured this way so it can quickly respond to investment opportunities.
“We want to make sure the public Community Advisory Committee is as important, as impactful, and as powerful as the Investment Committee, and that there is a real dynamic relationship between the two, and that the conclusions and deliberative process is done in a very transparent way,” Mayor Steinberg said.
Here is more information about the two committees, their structure, and how they will relate to each other:
Measure U Community Advisory Committee
Related only to Measure U funding? Yes
Focus: The Community Advisory Committee is responsible for providing recommendations on how to allocate Measure U resources to support inclusive community economic development to the City Council, which will make the final decisions. Committee members also will advise the City Council on priorities and review the performance of Measure U expenditures.
Number of members: 15
How are they appointed: Nine members will be appointed by the Mayor and Councilmembers from each district and six by the Personnel & Public Employee Committee, which will select candidates based on the following list of criteria:
One member between 16 and 24 years old
One member with professional experience in affordable housing, homelessness and rental housing issues
One member representing a taxpayer organization
One member with professional experience in business, economic development or workforce development
One member with professional 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 organizations
Timeline for committee appointment: City Council members will select their nominees in late January. The Personnel & Public Employees committee will interview the remaining qualified candidates on Feb. 19, 2019. The Council is expected to confirm the final six members at its meeting on March 5, 2019.
The application period is open until 5 p.m. Jan. 9, 2019. People can apply by going to the Boards and Commissions section on the City’s website and typing “Measure U” into the search bar. There are also four public meetings being hosted by Council offices in coordination with City staff (see flyer to the right).
Requirements: Members must live in the City of Sacramento. Within 30 days of appointment to the committee, each appointee shall file with the City Clerk the statement of economic interests required by the conflict of interest code adopted pursuant to the Political Reform Act and annually thereafter.
Inclusive Economic and Community Development Investment Committee
Related only to Measure U funding? No
Focus: The Investment Committee will have a broader focus than just Measure U dollars and will advise the City regarding policies, strategies, and investments to promote economic growth throughout the City’s diverse communities.
The overall responsibilities of the Investment Committee will be to provide non-binding recommendations regarding inclusive economic and community development policies, funding criteria and project and program investments to the City Manager to make recommendations to the Measure U Community Advisory Committee or the City Council.
Number of members: 15
How are they appointed: Members will be appointed by the City Manager, who may solicit input about appointments from members of the City Council to ensure representation of the main community and economic interests in the city and region. The Investment Committee must include private sector and community representatives as a majority of its membership. It should include the following:
Two business representatives from major industries, such as health and life sciences, agricultural technology, advance manufacturing, clean energy and technology and advance information technology
Two representatives from financial lenders and investment institutions
Two representatives from business and economic development organizations, including property and business improvement districts (PBIDs) and ethnic chambers
Two members of the City’s Measure U Community Advisory Committee, representing professional or personal experience in either housing, affordable housing, business, economic development, workforce development or youth-focused adult education
Two representatives from workforce development providers and the Workforce Investment Board (WIB)
One representative from the housing sector
One representative who is a neighborhood or community leader
One representative from institutions of higher education
One representative from labor groups
One representative from the arts and culture field
Timeline for committee appointment: Members will be appointed in January/February 2019.
Requirements: Within 30 days of appointment to the committee, each appointee shall file with the City Clerk the statement of economic interests required by the conflict of interest code adopted pursuant to the Political Reform Act and annually thereafter.
Measure U Timeline
January - February: City Manager appoints members of Investment Committee; City Council chooses appointees for Community Advisory Committee. The Personnel & Public Employees committee will interview the remaining qualified candidates for the Community Advisory Committee on Feb. 5, 2019.
March: The Council is expected to confirm the final six members of the Community Advisory Committee at its meeting on March 5, 2019. The Community Advisory Committee holds its first meeting in March.
January - April: City staff will work with a team of experts. stakeholders and consultants to craft an inclusive economic and community development plan that is actionable and includes findings from recent community focus group meetings and the City’s Project Prosper community engagement effort.
April: The City will take its economic development plan to the community, the Investment Committee and the City Council to be vetted.
June: City Council adopts economic development plan.
June is also when the City is expected to start receiving funds from the new Measure U. Merchants who collect the money from consumers send it to the California Department of Tax and Fee Administration, which then remits it to cities. The process takes about two months.