On a continuing basis, Cal PSA works with members of California’s State Legislature to facilitate municipal
issuers’ access to the capital markets.
We sponsor educational conferences to help municipal officials make
informed decisions regarding the use of various financial instruments to fund capital improvements or mitigate
interest rate exposure. Additionally, we periodically support voter initiatives that provide funds for
important projects of benefit to public education, transportation, local infrastructure, clean water, parks
and open space preservation.
Cal PSA is also an active partner with local government. Over the years, we have supported the League of
California Cities, the California State Association of Counties and the California Redevelopment Association.
Cal PSA has also been a strong financial supporter of the Leave Our Community Assets Local (LOCAL) coalition
and Proposition 1A on the November 2004 ballot. Cal PSA and the public securities industry work as allies
with local government to protect local government finances.
These activities demonstrate our industry’s partnership with municipal issuers, and evidence our commitment
to help California’s governmental agencies improve the quality of life for their citizens.
Cal PSA serves as the focal point for the public finance industry’s relationship with California’s Legislature.
We engage the services of a legislative advocate to monitor developments and legislation which may have an
effect on the ability of our members to conduct their businesses. When necessary, we provide input into the
drafting of such legislation so that it does not unduly restrict the use of legitimate financial products
and techniques that help us to serve our clients.
To accomplish our objectives, Cal PSA establishes lasting relationships with important legislators. We work
with the Legislature to develop an understanding of the important contributions our member firms make in
financing our state’s development. As part of that effort, we host an annual "Legislative Day", during
which we meet with California’s Treasurer, Controller and select legislators to exchange views on the
investment banking industry, municipal market practices and our state’s financial matters.