July 8, 2020
League News
The California State Budget for FY 2020-21 was signed into law last week and with that was the authorization for the Department of Finance to allocate $500 million directly to cities to cover expenses related to public health and public safety impacts of COVID-19. Read more

With COVID-19 disrupting all aspects of community life, including stay-at-home orders and a shift to virtual education, libraries have transformed their services to provide as many resources as they can to communities, including resources not typically associated with libraries.  Read more

The National League of Cities released its annual report examining mayoral state of the city speeches delivered January through April. Five California cities are sited in the report including Long Beach, San Marcos, Riverside, Los Angeles, and San Francisco Read more  
The Assembly was scheduled to return July 13 from its summer recess. However, it was announced July 6 that due to Assembly staff and a lawmaker testing positive for COVID-19, the Assembly and Senate will delay their return and adjust committee hearing schedules. The Legislature must adjourn by Aug. 31, so this will create additional pressure on the Legislature’s schedule to conduct its business. The League will continue to provide updates as received. Read more
Education and Conferences 

The League launched its new Wildfire Response and Recovery Webinar Series to help city officials prepare for the upcoming wildfire season, while continuing to respond to and navigate the COVID-19 crisis. Join us for the next webinar, "Communications During a Wildfire," on July 15 at 10 a.m Read more
Opportunities for Cities

The Office of the Attorney General recently announced grant funding availability through the California Department of Justice Tobacco Grant Program. A total of $28.5 million in funding is available for FY 2020-21 and any local public agency throughout the state that has authority to enforce tobacco-related state laws or local ordinances is eligible to apply. The grants are being used to combat the illegal sale of tobacco and cigarette products to minors.  Read more

Wednesday, July 22 at 11 a.m. – Join CalTRUST, the League co-sponsored statewide investment pool for California public agencies, to learn about the program features, available investment funds, and market positioning. CalTRUST’s investment manager, BlackRock, will also provide an update on the current investment market. Register now
More News and Events
Thursday, July 9 at 11 a.m.   – Join the Institute for Local Government (ILG) and learn how to quickly and strategically retool local economies in response to COVID-19 impacts on retail, tourism, industrial, and residential markets.   Presenters:   Kosmont Companies CEO and Founder Larry Kosmont and President Ken Hira. Register now  

Wednesday, July 15 at 2 p.m. Join ILG to learn how to educate and engage your city’s vulnerable populations on disaster preparedness with data-driven practices . P resenters:  Cal OES Disaster Volunteering and Preparedness Senior Advisor Karen Baker, Listos California Emergency Preparedness Campaign Co-Chair Justin Knighten, Director of Program and Training for United Way of Fresno and Madera Counties Rico Peralta, and Fifth District Supervisor of Madera County Tom Wheeler.  Register now
Wednesday, July 29 at 10 a.m. PST – The U.S. Supreme Court decided fewer cases than usual in the 2019-20 term, but the rulings were substantial. Hear from attorneys who argued some of the top cases as they discuss some of the term's most relevant decisions to states and local governments. Presenters: Elbert Lin with Hunton Andrews Kurth LLP, Jeffrey Harris with Consovoy McCarthy PLLC, and Adam Liptak, Supreme Court correspondent of The New York Times . Register now

Residents reshape their neighborhoods through Project Green Space, an urban forestry and green infrastructure program convened by Daly City and driven by volunteers who plant and maintain rain gardens. Read about this robust, award-winning program in Western City magazine.
2020 Annual Conference & Expo