SACRAMENTO — The League of California Cities® board of directors elected South San Francisco Council Member Rich Garbarino to serve as its 2017-18 president. Council Member Garbarino was installed on Sept. 15 as part of the League’s 119th Annual Conference & Expo in Sacramento.
During its meeting this week, the League board of directors also elected San Diego City Council Member President Pro Tem Mark Kersey to serve as first vice president and Grass Valley Council Member Jan Arbuckle as second vice president. Lodi Council Member JoAnne Mounce, who served as president in 2016-17, became immediate past president.
“It is a privilege to serve as the League’s president and contribute to the cities of California in a greater capacity. As president, I will work hard to engage city officials who represent California’s incredible diversity to become more engaged in the League and bring the resources of this advocacy and education organization to their cities. I am also committed to building deeper relationships with all members of the Legislature. California as a whole is stronger when the Legislature passes policies that support and strengthen California cities,” said Garbarino.
Garbarino was first appointed to the South San Francisco City Council in December 2002 to fill the vacancy left by the election of Gene Mullin to the California State Assembly. In 2003, he was officially elected to his first four-year term on the South San Francisco City Council and then subsequently re-elected in 2007, 2011, and 2015. His current term expires in 2019.
The League’s new president is engaged locally, regionally and statewide through the League of California Cities on the board of directors, the Peninsula Division and as a member of the Public Safety Policy Committee. Locally he worked on the passage of Measure W to fund city services and infrastructure improvements as well as served as chair of several Association of Bay Area of Governments committees and the Local Agency Formation Committee.
Professionally Garbarino worked at San Francisco State University in several capacities, Homart Development, Bechtel Power Corporation, Bekins Building Maintenance Corporation and in a family-owned business.
“Rich is a strong leader dedicated to serving not only his city of South San Francisco but all of the cities of California. He brings his local and statewide experience to the League presidency and will be an asset as we continue our efforts at the state and federal levels to strengthen local control and serve as the voice of California cities,” said League Executive Director Carolyn Coleman.
Established in 1898, the League of California Cities is a nonprofit statewide association that advocates for cities with the state and federal governments and provides education and training services to elected and appointed city officials.