President's Message

Dear CCCA Friends,

Lake Arrowhead was a gorgeous setting for our Fall Conference, and I so appreciate the 120+ of you who trekked up the hill to make it a special weekend. Your presence and involvement are critical to the impact and success of both CCCA and our cities. Learning and sharing ideas plays a critical part in being a successful local government official.

The Fall Seminar highlighted a key aspect of our Association's efforts: connecting to higher level government officials. Senators Ed Hernandez and Cathleen Galagian, gubernatorial candidate Delaine Easton, Supervisor Hilda Solis and Assembly Member Cristina Garcia all spoke and shared their views on issues affecting our communities. It is important that we hear their viewpoints just as it is important that they hear ours. We need to ensure that the elected officials understand the challenges we face at the local level.

One place we were not on the same page with Sacramento was SB 649, a bill that would gut local control and revenue in small cell tower sitings. It was opposed by local government throughout California. We learned yesterday that Governor Brown has vetoed this bill, thankfully. It was a great outcome but we will need to address the underlying motive for the legislation in order to stave off future legislative assaults on our ability to govern with local control.

I hope to see you tomorrow night in City of Industry for the monthly Board Meeting. It will be an excellent opportunity for discussions with Ian Calderon, the Assembly Majority Leader. The trend from Arrowhead continues...

Warm Regards,


Mike Davitt

Past President's Luncheon

Contract Cities has grown and evolved over the years. This growth has been led by many local officials who have also served as President. This year's past president's luncheon was held on October 13th in Downtown Los Angeles. The luncheon was started by Steve Tye during his presidency in 2013-14 as a way to honor the contributions and accomplishments of CCCA's Past Presidents. It is with great honor that we continue this tradition as a way to thank all those who have served. Without their sacrifices, leadership, and dedication to the association, we would not be where we are today.

Save the Date: 51st Sacramento Legislative Tour January 8-10, 2018!

Join us for the 51st Annual Sacramento Legislative Tour. This year's Tour will take place January 8-10, 2018 at a new location - The Citizen Hotel in Sacramento. We are celebrating a couple of big wins in 2017 and stronger relationships within Sacramento, and looking forward to another successful year of building relationships with the Legislature and Governor's office. This event will be the first opportunity to deliver CCCA's Legislative priorities for 2018. The Legislative Committee is in the process of finalizing this year's program and a tentative schedule will be provided at a later date. We encourage all to sign up; the bigger the group, the louder the voice.

November's City Manager's Summit 

In lieu of the November City Manager's Meeting, we will be hosting our 1st Annual CCCA City Manager's Summit on November 16th, 2017 at the USC Radisson Hotel from 9am-1:30pm. Registration for the Summit will be available in the coming week. Stay tuned for more information! 

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Legislative Update
The first half of the 2017-2018 legislative session has been packed with issues that impact cities on a variety of fronts as the legislature focused on the issues of housing, infrastructure, and public safety. Next year, we anticipate a continued focus on housing policy, as well as movement on water and environmental issues.  Click here  for a briefing on both the successes California Contract Cities Association achieved, as well as the challenges we face ahead.

Associate Member Highlight


When appropriate insurance coverage became unobtainable in the 1970s, a group of 33 progressive cities joined together to form the California Joint Powers Insurance Authority. The California JPIA was established in 1978 for the purpose of providing liability protection for its members from losses and lawsuits. Today, the California JPIA is one of the largest municipal self-insurance pools in the state, with nearly 120 participating members.

The members take an active role in determining the programs and services that will be provided by the Authority. Council members, city managers, finance officers, and risk managers all participate in directing the progression of the organization toward a properly maintained and risk-free environment. Together, they ensure the ongoing efficiency of member services by establishing positive relations and educational awareness.

The California JPIA works with the members to reduce the frequency and severity of claims. Through risk analysis and continued education, the California JPIA helps its members identify exposures and prevent losses. Each member agency is assigned a professional Risk Manager to serve its specific needs and to help the agency determine its risk management strategy.

Board Highlight

Mayor Pro Tem, Amy Howorth

Manhattan Beach Mayor Pro Tem Amy Howorth is in her second term on the Manhattan Beach City Council, having first been elected in 2011. She was the Mayor in 2014, and becomes Mayor again in November 2017.  She served 2 terms on the Manhattan Beach School Board from 2003-2011. Amy ran for the State Senate in 2014.

In 2016, she was selected by the Clinton campaign to serve on the rules Committee at the National Convention, and has been a delegate to the State Convention many times.

In 2017, Amy was appointed by County Supervisor Janice Hahn to the County Commission on Children and Families. In 2015, she was honored as a "Remarkable Woman" by the National Women's Political Caucus Westside Los Angeles chapter.  She's served on the South Bay Council of Governments, the SCAG Stormwater Steering Committee and is excited to be part of the League of California Cities Coastal Cities working group.

Prior to elected office, she was a professional photo editor and worked at WGBH in Boston before becoming the original photo editor of Wired Magazine in San Francisco. Amy grew up in Ohio, and graduated from Ohio University. She has two sons, two dogs, one pink strand cruiser, and one husband.