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Sue Hughes

Sue Hughes
Government Affairs


( (805) 654-3836



Government Affairs manages the County’s annual state and federal legislative program, including recommendations for legislative policies/platform and developing an advocacy strategy. It serves as liaison to local advisory groups and statewide organizations – including the Ventura Council of Governments, Regional Defense Partnership 21st Century, Urban Counties of California, California State Association of Counties, and the National Association of Counties – on high impact policy issues and activities that promote the best interest of the County.

Government Affairs serves as the project director for the Proposition 84 IRWMP Round 1, $17.5 million Implementation grant, Round 2, $18 million Implementation grant, Drought Round $8.4 million Implementation grant, and the $12.3 million Final Round Implementation. It also serves as chair of the Watersheds Coalition of Ventura County – the 60-plus agencies Integrated Regional Water Management Planning Committee – responsible for bringing water/water related funding to Ventura County.

It manages state and federal advocacy contract services. It also manages the Ventura County Regional Energy Alliance, a Joint Powers Authority with membership consisting of the County of Ventura and several Ventura County Cities and school districts.

Government Affairs manages the Climate Protection Plan activities and responsibilities and chairs the Ventura County Sustainability Committee. It also manages the emPower program, a comprehensive energy efficiency financing program, in collaboration with Santa Barbara and San Luis Obispo Counties. And, Government Affairs serves as the County representative for the Tri-County Community Choice Energy (CCE) feasibility study, an effort to determine the feasibility of developing a Tri-County CCE program in order to procure alternative energy supplies.


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