January 29, 2020
League News

League officers meet with legislative leaders and staff to discuss city priorities in 2020.
 
The League welcomed more than 160 newly elected city officials to Sacramento Jan. 22-24 for the New Mayors and Council Members Academy, the first event in a lineup of comprehensive and valuable educational programs for city officials throughout 2020. 


Newest platform offers an information exchange for rural cities.

There are many different ways to stay connected with the League and exchange ideas, learn about upcoming events and key legislation, and make connections with your peers. Communication is the key for uniting cities and projecting a stronger voice in the state Capitol to advocate on top priorities facing California cities.
 

The California Office of Emergency Services, in partnership with the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), will provide a series of webinar trainings on topics related to the FEMA Grants Portal, such as basic functionalities, how to upload and download documents, and how to set up notifications. The grants portal can assist local governments on how to pre-load information related to insurance and critical infrastructure in order to streamline the delivery of FEMA grants after a disaster strikes. 

Education and Conferences

Check out the upcoming educational opportunities offered by the League.

Opportunities for Cities

California cities’ public works officers continue to raise the standard of excellence and advance the public works profession. In recognition of the great work being done, the League of California Cities Public Works Officers Department is taking nominations for the James L. Martin award to honor an individual who has made an outstanding contribution and shown exceptional leadership to the public works profession.

 
Affordable apartments for low-income families and seniors in Hawaiian Gardens and Elk Grove are getting a facelift and funding with tax-exempt multi-family affordable housing bonds issued by the California Statewide Communities Development Authority.

More News and Events

The “Strategies for Addressing Homelessness: Policies and Enforcement Issues” webinar, which the League hosted on Jan. 28, included an analysis of the Martin v. City of Boise decision and what that means for cities. 

 
News article by Lisa Soronen, executive director at the State and Local Legal Center.

The Supreme Court has stayed a nationwide injunction which disallowed the public charge rule from going into effect anywhere in the United States. For now, the public charge rule will remain in effect across the country (except in Illinois) until the Second Circuit, and the Supreme Court, if it decides to get involved, rules in this case.

Meeting the Demands of Today’s Changing Technologies and Community Expectations

The City of San Rafael asked its employees, “How would you design your department if you could create it today, rather than as it was created decades ago?” Their responses spurred the redesign of municipal services, informed by data and focused on the user experience. Read more in “ San Rafael’s Employee-Driven Effort Focuses on Meeting the Community’s Changing Needs ” this month in Western City magazine.
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