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File #: 2020-244    Version: 1 Name:
Type: Discussion Status: Agenda Ready
File created: 4/13/2020 In control: City Council
On agenda: 4/21/2020 Final action:
Title: CONSIDER A REQUEST FOR QUALIFICATIONS FOR FEDERAL AND STATE LEGISLATIVE ADVOCACY SERVICES (CITY COUNCIL)
Report to Mayor and City Council
Tuesday, April 21, 2020
Discussion


SUBJECT:
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CONSIDER A REQUEST FOR QUALIFICATIONS FOR FEDERAL AND STATE LEGISLATIVE ADVOCACY SERVICES (CITY COUNCIL)

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I. SUMMARY

This item is being introduced at the request of Mayor Albert Robles.
Townsend Public Affairs (TPA) has provided State and Federal legislative advocacy services for the City of Carson since January 2011. The current contract between the City and Townsend Public Affairs expires June 30, 2021 with 2 additional one-year extensions. The City Council is being asked to consider several options regarding advocacy services by having staff conduct a request for qualifications (RFQ), negate the use of an advocacy service and obtain updated information from the League of California Cities, or continue with Townsend as the City's advocacy provider and including additional scope of work while remaining at the current rate of contract. Townsend has offered to include, at no additional cost, writing and securing grants, and working with us to identify grant and loan opportunities for our businesses and non-profit organizations.


II. RECOMMENDATION
Recommendation


DISCUSS and PROVIDE direction.


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III. ALTERNATIVES

REQUEST staff initiate a request for proposals for both state and federal legislative advocacy services, OR

TERMINATE the professional services agreement with Townsend Public Affairs for state legislative advocacy services, in the amount of $8,000 per month for the period July 1, 2018 through June 30, 2021 and utilize League of California Cities for advocacy services, OR

CONTINUE the professional services agreement with Townsend Public Affairs for state and federal legislative advocacy services with an additional scope of work not exceeding the current contract rate of $8,000 per month for the period July 1, 2018 through June 30, 2021, OR

TAKE another action the City Council deems appropriate.


IV. BACKGROUND

Townsend Public Affairs has served a...

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