KING CITY — King City Mayor Mike LeBarre, Fort Hunter Liggett Garrison Commander Col. Lisa Lamb and Paso Robles Mayor Steve Martin have officially signed a memorandum of understanding to form a partnership known as the Central Coast Military and Civilian Council (CCMCC).
The effort to create the CCMCC began in late 2021, when the City of Paso Robles hosted a meeting with leaders from King City, Fort Hunter Liggett, Camp Roberts and Camp San Luis Obispo to discuss the potential to create the council to strengthen relations between military installations and local governments.
An agreement was signed Nov. 17 during a ceremony at Fort Hunter Liggett.
“King City has a long history supporting our military and is proud to be part of this historic agreement, which builds upon many years of Fort Hunter Liggett’s commitment to our communities,” LeBarre said. “The Central Coast Military and Civilian Council (CCMCC) will raise awareness and highlight the value of our military installations to the region, work together on economic and beneficial opportunities that supports the military’s readiness and resiliency efforts, and strengthens relations and quality of life for our communities and the troops that protect our Constitution and freedoms.”
The partners in the CCMCC agree to work together to:
- Support local, state, federal and national defense goals;
- Develop and distribute information about military installation and local government needs;
- Identify funding that partners may pursue or obtain to improve military installations and/or local governments;
- Coordinate efforts on opportunities that improve quality of life, military readiness and effectiveness and improve relations between civilians and military personnel;
- Seek support from other public and private partners to encourage investments in military installations and/or local government improvements to benefit personnel and residents from the military installations and surrounding communities; and
- Highlight the importance of the military installation and local government partnerships with local elected officials, state legislative and congressional representatives.
“We anticipate a very productive relationship with all the entities involved,” Martin said. “Many thanks to all who have worked to make this a reality.”
The CCMCC will initially consist of one standing committee, known as the Policy Committee, with other committees and subcommittees created as the council deems appropriate. The Policy Committee will meet at least quarterly, while technical staff of the partners may conduct meetings monthly.