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January 9, 2018 > Lopez gains high profile tech post

Lopez gains high profile tech post

Submitted By Teresa Meyer

San Leandro City Councilmember Corina Lopez has been elected Vice Chair of the National League of Cities (NLC) Information Technology and Communications Committee

As Vice Chair, Councilmember Lopez will play a key role in shaping NLCÕs policy positions and advocate on behalf of AmericaÕs cities and towns before Congress, with the administration and at home.

ÒIÕm very excited to be extended this opportunity to not only represent our city on a national level, but to also advocate for our community as we grow as a Smart City and continue to improve services by using technology in new waysÓ said Councilmember Corina Lopez.

The NLC Information Technology and Communications federal advocacy committee has lead the responsibility for developing NLCÕs federal policy positions on issues involving telecommunications and information systems (and public access to these systems), privacy concerns, cable TV, phone services, spectrum issues, communications tower siting, universal service, broadcasting and defense of city right-of-ways from degradation caused by installation of communication facilities. The appointment was announced by NLC President Mark Stodola, Mayor of Little Rock, Arkansas.

The leadership of this yearÕs committee will consist of Chair Gary Resnick, mayor, Wilton Manors, Florida; and Vice Chairs Corina Lopez, councilmember, San Leandro, California; and Stephanie Piko, mayor pro tempore, Centennial, Colorado.

The City of San Leandro has embraced information technology in support of the City CouncilÕs goal of transforming San Leandro into a center for innovation. These efforts were led by the implementation of Lit San Leandro, a public-private partnership that resulted in the installation of over 20 miles of high speed fiber optics to support commercial broadband availability. More recently, the City has successfully partnered with the education community to bring gigabit internet to schools, deployed free, high-speed wi-fi, and begun implementing Smart City technologies such as remote-control functionality for LED street lights and smart irrigation systems in public parks.

For additional information, please contact Eric Engelbart, Deputy City Manager at eengelbart@sanleandro.org

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