The Alamedan: Council may hire former Alameda rep to aid broader lobbying effort, December 3, 2013


City leaders may soon be asking state and federal lawmakers for more money to develop Alameda Point, construct bike and walking trails and equip the Island’s public safety forces, and on Tuesday they’ll consider hiring a former top state legislator to help make the city’s case.

The council will consider approving a new state and federal legislative agenda for 2014 on Tuesday that includes those items and more, along with a contract that would put former Alameda representative and state Senate leader Don Perata to work on the city’s behalf up in Sacramento.

Once a federal legislative agenda is approved, city staff will seek out a lobbyist to advocate for Alameda in Washington, D.C. City staff have budgeted $144,000 toward their lobbying efforts.