District 5 Councilmember David Luna has been appointed as chair of the National League of Cities’ (NLC) Information Technology and Communications (ITC) Committee for 2017. Luna, who will begin his fourth term on the ITC Committee next year, served as vice chair of the committee in 2016. The appointment was announced by NLC President Matt Zone, councilmember from Cleveland, Ohio.
The ITC Steering Committee is responsible for developing 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 rights-of-way from degradation caused by installation of communications facilities.
“It is an unbelievable honor to be named chair of the Information Technology and Communications Committee,” Luna said. “This is a topic I have been passionate about since I joined the City Council and was eager to join this committee when I took office. As chair, I will consistently work with our committee to find fresh new ideas and innovations that we can bring home with us to help improve the lives of our residents.”
Luna becomes the third elected official from Mesa to chair an NLC policy committee, joining former Councilmember Scott Somers, who chaired the Public Safety and Crime Prevention Committee in 2014 and Vice Mayor Dennis Kavanaugh, who served as chair of the Information Technology and Communications Steering Committee in 2004.
In addition to chairing the ITC Committee, Luna will also join the NLC Board of Directors for 2017. District 4 Councilmember Chris Glover is currently in his first term representing Mesa on the board.
“I am so happy for my colleague Councilmember Luna on being named the chair of the ITC Committee,” Glover said. “I look forward to working with him more on national policies in addition to our work on the Mesa City Council. I am confident that he will do an amazing job in this leadership role, and the NLC and ITC are extremely lucky to have him.”
The National League of Cities is the nation’s largest and most prestigious organization devoted to strengthening and promoting cities as centers of opportunity, leadership and governance. NLC is a resource and advocate for 19,000 cities, town and villages, representing more than 218 million Americans.