Citizens Advisory Committee

The Citizens Advisory Committee (CAC), was established in 1991 (see bylaws) to involve citizens from a diverse set of backgrounds and interest areas in the development of transportation plans and programs overseen by SJCOG. The CAC provides an important forum for discussion and debate about the implementation of the Measure K program and regional transportation planning issues.

CAC meetings are scheduled on the 3rd Wednesday of every month at 6:00 p.m. via Zoom due to the current COVID-19 pandemic. These meetings are open to the public and there is an opportunity on every agenda for the public to offer comments.

Meeting agendas can be found in our agenda center. Prior year's agendas can be viewed in our archive center. Interested parties may subscribe to email notifications to receive updates regarding posted agendas or meeting cancellations.

The CAC is composed of 16 members that represent the geographical, social, cultural, and economic mix of the region. One member is appointed from each of the seven cities (Escalon, Lathrop, Lodi, Manteca, Ripon, Stockton, and Tracy), and from San Joaquin County. One member is appointed from each of these special interest groups: League of Women Voters, Sierra Club, Business Industry, Trucking Industry, the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP), University of the Pacific, and the Agriculture Industry. One member is appointed from the transit advocate category. Current members include:

  • Bobby Bivens (Chair), San Joaquin County
  • Lauren Ah Tye (Vice Chair), League of Women Voters
  • Leonard Smith, Transit Advocate
  • Paul Plathe, Sierra Club 
  • Rick Grewal, City of Stockton
  • Richard Blackston, City of Lodi
  • Stephanie Hobbs, City of Ripon
  • Michael Carouba, Business Industry
  • Jim Hilson, City of Lathrop
  • Gracie Marx, City of Escalon
  • Mary Kennedy-Bracken, City of Tracy
  • LaCresia Hawkins, NAACP
  • Albert Nunez, Trucking Industry
  • Steve DeBrum, City of Manteca
  • Jessica Bilecki, University of the Pacific
  • Vacant, Agriculture Industry