Michael F. Dillon
Mike Dillon has been the President of Michael F. Dillon and Associates, a Sacramento based lobbying and consulting firm, for over 40 years. Mike was hired as the California Library Association’s lobbyist in 1978, and has ably represented CLA’s interests at the State Capitol since that time. Mike Dillon was the 2010 recipient of CLA’s President’s Award for his outstanding compilation of successful advocacy work for CLA, such as: passage of the legislation creating the Public Library Foundation, passage of three major statewide library construction bond measures in the legislature – of which two were passed by the voters, protecting property tax county-dependent public libraries and independent special district libraries from future property tax shifts via Proposition 1A negotiations, securing passage of legislation authorizing libraries to levy a 1/8 cent sales tax for the benefit of funding library services with consent of the voters, securing passage of the original library circulation records protection legislation, and many other notable key measures. Mike is also a vigorous advocate for the public libraries during the annual Budget process, most recently obtaining support from Governor Brown and the legislature in the 2014-15 State Budget for funding to implement the Governor’s new initiative to connect all public libraries to a high-speed, broadband “backbone” operated by the Corporation for Education Network Initiatives in California (CENIC), as well as funding to begin restoring cuts to the California Library Services Act and the state Literacy program.
Mike obtained a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration from the California State University at Chico. Mike also served as the CSU Chico Student Body President from 1961-62. He was awarded a CORO Foundation Fellowship in 1962-63, where he interned with several of California’s top legislators and officials, which helped to inspire and launch his career in Sacramento as a lobbyist.
Christina (Dillon) DiCaro
Christina DiCaro joined Michael F. Dillon and Associates as a lobbyist in 1994, and since that time has worked on issues on behalf of the California Library Association, ranging from protecting the privacy rights and circulation records of library patrons, defeating legislative mandates to require Internet filtering at the library, drafting and securing passage of library construction bond legislation, advising on the bond state campaigns, and monitoring the regulatory process involving the bond grants. Both she and Mike are specialists in the complicated annual State Budget process, and they recently helped to shepherd the Governor’s broadband project through the 2013-14 and 2014-15 Budget. Christina developed the concept of CLA’s “Day In the District,” a grassroots advocacy campaign, which has become a popular way to engage CLA members with legislators in their district offices, on issues of importance to the library community.
Christina obtained a Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Science from the University of Southern California in 1991. Most recently, she served as the President of the California Institute of Governmental Advocates, the association representing the lobbying industry, for the years 2011 and 2012.