Administrative Changes After a successful period of several years, Joe Sullivan's long term as the Leagues Executive Director came to a close at the end of 2006. Joe stayed on the Executive Board, serving as the Leagues Treasurer for 2007, and also helped in providing guidance to the Leagues new Executive Director.
Leagues Executive Board appointed Bob Blymyer, a member for about three years, to take over the Executive Director's role. Bob had just retired from 32 years with the Regional Transit, with a background in Customer Service, Marketing and Public Relations, Labor Issues and Service Planning. During the mid 1980's, Bob also served as a member of the light rail development team, and managed RT's complaints unit during his last five years at the agency.
In addition, Bob has served on the Boards of numerous community organizations involving air quality, crime alert, Light Rail and various transportation concerns. In 1995, Bob served on the Executive Committee of the Billy Graham Crusade.
The Associationalso added four new Board members during the year; Karl Dambacher (MA College Professor), Tom Reavey (Financial Analyst), Diane Schachterle (ACRI, Policy and Planning Director) and Roger Niello (Assemblyman Fifth District).
Communication In April 2007, the Leagues monthly Newsletter 'Perspective' was given a completely new look. It began being printed on colored paper, graphic illustrations were added, with a simplified format for the information presented. It replaced the old B+W 'Tax Fax' which had been in use for over 40 years. So far, responses have been positive. In addition, the Website received a minor clean-up, with plans to do a lot more in 2008. Keep Watching!
Involvement in Community Issues During 2007, the League analyzed many local issues, and participated in a number of community activities. It is part of the Water Forum Successor Effort overseeing the Water Forum Agreement and is a member of the Auburn Dam Council.
The Associationalso expanded its community participation, by becoming formally involved with the following groups:
- Cal Expo/Point West Business/ Transportation Group
- Chamber of Commerce -Transportation Committee
- Regional Transit – Transit Master Plan
- South Sacramento/Florin Road Partnership
And the following School District Bond Oversight Committees:
- Los Rios Community Colleges
- Sacramento City
- San Juan
During 2008, the League expects to add to this list
Location over two decades in a small one room office in the Point West area, the League office moved to larger quarters at the end of 2007. The new address, telephone, fax number and e-mail address appear under the title. The website access remains the same. The new quarters are composed of a three room office with twice the space of the former office (but 35% cheaper per square foot), and with easy access to coffee, food and public transit. Plus, it's right across the street from the City Fire and Police Administrative Centre.
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President/CEO, Senator Ford, Inc.
W. Bruce Lee*
Fiscal Policy Advisor
ACRI, Director of Policy and Planning
Jeff Atterberry (Civil Engineer), Carl Burton (People’s Advocate), Paul Carr (Financial Consultant), Karl Dambacher (MA College Professor), Troy Dinin (Raley’s Supermarket), Felicia Elkinson (Taxpayer), Ed Grebitus (E.A. Grebitus & sons), Adam Grzybicki (AT&T), Thomas Hiltachk (Bell, McAndrews & Hiltachk), Bill Hirschfelt* (John O. Bronson Company), Bill Lawrence (AAA RV Appliance Parts), Jim Lofgren (Rental Housing Association of Sacramento Valley), Al McNulty (Taxpayer), Roger Niello (Assemblyman, Fifth District), Richard Mersereau* (Taxpayer-Policy Analyst), Dolores O’Brien (Taxpayer), Jay O’Brien (Taxpayer), Joe Sullivan* (Sullivan & Associates)
* Executive Board
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