Due to the increasing concerns with the COVID-19 virus, the Executive Committee of the San Joaquin Council of Governments has decided to postpone 2020's San Joaquin One Voice® . Dates are being discussed for rescheduling in the Fall. Once the timing has been determined, we will reach out to you with the details.
SJCOG will continue to prepare for the trip. At its March 20 meeting, the Executive Committee recommended the full board adopt the One Voice® projects list. However, the March 26th SJCOG Board meeting has been postponed until April 16, at which the One Voice® priority projects and member agency project list is expected to be adopted.
If requested, SJCOG will refund the registration fees to those who have already paid to attend. If you would like to be refunded, please contact Kelly at email@example.com. If you would like us to hold on to your payment until a reschedule date has been determined, we can do that as well. If, at that time, you are still not able to attend, we will issue the refund.
We hope that everyone is staying safe and well during this time. We appreciate your understanding as these events unfold.
San Joaquin One Voice® is SJCOG’s legislative program for San Joaquin County promoting issues of regional significance to federal legislators and agencies through an annual trip to Washington, D.C. The purpose of the program is to support requests for funding new or amended legislation for issues and projects of regional significance to the San Joaquin region.
SJCOG is soliciting project requests for the 2020 San Joaquin One Voice® program. Forms are available for download in the links below:
Our efforts are positively recognized at the federal level and we have been encouraged to continue our collaborative approach and build upon the relationships and communications established with our federal representatives.
Although Congress stopped earmarking funds in 2010, the federal government still distributes hundreds of billions of dollars through formula and discretionary programs. The San Joaquin One Voice® group takes this opportunity to receive counsel from legislators, legislative staff and the administration about the various federal programs and teach us how we can successfully compete in the grant process.
The goal was to assemble a public-private delegation, select prioritized projects, and then visit Congressional and Federal departmental representatives in Washington, D.C. to pursue funding and grant opportunities.
When earmarks disappeared back in 2010, it changed the way funding was dispersed. Funding is now discretionary -- usually through the grant process -- and it’s difficult to compete on a
national level for funds.
Building on the broad-based coalition SJCOG assembled, Congressional representatives and their staff have welcomed and encouraged the communications as a means of assisting federal representatives identify, prioritize and shepherd much-needed projects and programs through the federal budgetary process.
In addition to federal dollars, we have also focused on specific policies. Participants have testified at committee hearings on water, educated Congress and the Administration on the housing crisis (leading to federal assistance), and worked with Members on the introduction of legislation.
The registration is $175 per person and includes four continental breakfasts and the Wednesday evening reception. The registration fee for SJCOG Board members (or their elected designee) is waived. Registration is due by April 9, 2020.
2020 Registration Form | Guest Participation Form
Accommodations for the trip are at:
Washington Court Hotel
525 New Jersey Ave., N.W.
Group Rate: $339 single/$339 double
Deadline to reserve a room at the group rate is April 9, 2020.
Make a online reservation or contact the hotel by phone at 800-321-3010 and use group code: 200508SANJ.
Please contact Christine Haruta at Haruta@sjcog.org for details.
Please Note: One Voice, Inc. is a 501(c) (3), public benefit non-profit corporation established to receive contributions for One Voice®.
Executive Level: Mark Thomas & Company
Drake Haglan & Associates
Stockton East Water District
Rajappan & Meyer Consulting
Fehr & Peers
The One Voice® Request for Projects was issued in November 2018 and closed on February 28th. Twenty-two applications were submitted from the County of San Joaquin, the cities of Stockton, Lathrop, Manteca, Tracy, Lodi, and Ripon, the San Joaquin Rail Commission, the Port of Stockton, the San Joaquin Regional Transit District, Stockton East Water District, and the Ripon Community Athletic Foundation.
2019 Project Summary List
SJCOG recognizes the need to develop a set of principles and policy positions to help support SJCOG’s work in linking transportation, housing, and air quality. To be more effective in this mission, staff has developed a Federal Legislative Platform to coincide with the new two-year legislative cycle. This platform highlights the position of SJCOG on pending legislative and regulatory items in the upcoming session.
2019/2020 Federal Legislative Platform