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• RESOLUTION NO. 98 -11 <br />A RESOLUTION OF THE CITY COUNCIL OF THE CITY OF NEWPORT <br />BEACH APPROVING A LEGISLATIVE ADVOCACY AGENDA FOR 1998. <br />WHEREAS, the City Council historically has promoted various legislative <br />actions important to the goals and functions of the City; and <br />WHEREAS, such support typically requires a separate City Council action to <br />approve individual items related to legislation; and <br />WHEREAS, such individual approvals may delay important actions necessary <br />to expedite the passage or defeat of legislative actions; and <br />WHEREAS, the City Council desires to efficiently and expeditiously pursue a <br />legislative agenda critical to the goals and functions of the City, <br />NOW, THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED by the City Council that the Mayor, <br />individual Council Members and the City Manager are authorized to make statements <br />and write letters necessary to support the following legislative actions during calendar <br />year 1998. All correspondence prepared on the City's behalf will be forwarded as an <br />informational item to Council members. <br />• I -- FINANCE. The City's objective is to protect existing revenues and pursue <br />opportunities to mitigate the impact of the ever increasing cost of government upon the <br />taxpayers and business community of Newport Beach. Therefore, the City shall: <br />(a) Oppose any measure that would make cities more dependent on the State for <br />financial stability and policy direction. <br />(b) Support measures leading to a greater financial independence from the State and <br />which would result in greater stability and predictability in local government <br />budgeting. <br />(c) Oppose measures that would impose state and federal mandated costs for which <br />there is no guarantee of local reimbursement or offsetting benefits. <br />(d) Support measures that ensure the retention of existing local legal revenue <br />sources, including the city share of property tax, sales tax, vehicle license fees, or <br />other State subventions. <br />(e) Oppose measures which alter the "situs" distribution of sales tax revenue. <br />(f) Support measures to reform California's tort system to curtail unreasonable liability <br />exposure for public agencies and restore the ability of public agencies to obtain <br />affordable insurance. <br />II -- REGIONAL GOVERNANCE AND GROWTH MANAGEMENT. The City's <br />objective is to promote opportunities for regional cooperation that do not infringe on <br />local areas of authority without offsetting financial benefit. Therefore, the City shall: <br />(a) Support reform of existing state, regional, and local planning processes only if <br />• directly linked to reforms in the current revenue and tax structure of state and local <br />governments. <br />1 <br />