July 29, 2020
League News

The U.S. Senate released its initial proposal for the next round of federal coronavirus relief, and as proposed, the package does not include any funding for cities. The League is calling on Congress for direct funding to cities to offset billions in revenue losses from COVID-19. Read the full statement from League President John F. Dunbar. Read more

City officials throughout the state will come together virtually to learn, collaborate, and celebrate at the League’s 2020 Annual Conference & Expo. Recognizing the budget constraints that cities are experiencing due to the pandemic, this year’s conference will be more easily accessible to all members, with structured pricing to further increase accessibility.  Read more

In an effort to reduce coronavirus transmission, the cities of Vallejo and Benicia collaborated to secure hotel and motel rooms for vulnerable people experiencing homelessness in their area, providing shelter and wraparound services to 125 residents so far through the Vallejo/Benicia Project Roomkey initiative.
Gov. Gavin Newsom announced a new strike team to help improve customer service delivery, including faster and improved communications, at the state’s Employment Development Department, and a $52 million investment to be funneled into eight central California counties in an effort to mitigate the spread of COVID-19 among essential workers; the U.S. Senate Republicans released an initial proposal for the next round of federal coronavirus relief; and a joint state legislative working group released a $100 billion economic recovery package for consideration. Read more
Education and Conferences 

Wednesday, Aug. 5, 10-11 a.m.  – Join the conversation about reimbursement programs, gathering the required documentation to receive FEMA reimbursements through Cal OES, how to avoid pitfalls in the reimbursement process, and tips on managing risks after the disaster. Presenters: FEMA/Oakland External Affairs Officer Casey De Shong, FEMA Regional IX Assistant Regional Counsel Ann Winterman, and CalOES Acting Recovery Infrastructure Branch Chief John Catching. Register now

The League is currently soliciting session proposals and speakers for the next Public Works Officers Institute, scheduled for March 17-19, 2021 in La Jolla. The call for proposals is an opportunity to share best practices and innovative approaches, as well as research and information with public works directors from cities and counties across California.  Read more
Opportunities for Cities

Cities now have until Jan. 31, 2021 to apply for the Local Early Action Planning (LEAP) Grant program. The 2019-20 Budget Act established the LEAP Grant program, which provides over-the-counter grants and technical assistance to all cities and counties to prepare and adopt planning documents and process improvements that accelerate housing production and facilitate compliance to implement the sixth-cycle Regional Housing Needs Assessment. Read more
More News and Events

The Senate and Assembly returned to the Capitol on Monday, July 27, and have been adjusting committee schedules to fast track a number of legislative bills before the end of the legislative session on Aug. 31. Gov. Gavin Newsom has until Sept. 30 to either sign or veto bills that make it to his desk. Read more

Monday, Aug. 17, 1-2:30 p.m. – Natural disasters continue to pose a threat to our communities despite COVID-19. Learn about tools for assessing, mitigating, and preparing for the disruption of a major disaster, and specific solutions related to building resilience around energy infrastructure in this free Institute for Local Government webinar. Presenters: World - renowned Natural Disaster Expert Dr. Lucy Jones and Malibu City Manager Reva Feldman. Register now   

"We have an urgent call and a duty to end the injustice and unfairness that exist in any of our city departments and the extension of this inequity that manifests in the patrolling of our streets. Working with law enforcement leadership, we must evaluate and reimagine how we police our cities and make appropriate reforms to our law enforcement system.” Read more from League President and Yountville Mayor John F. Dunbar in this month’s Western City magazine. Read more
League in the News
Following the release of the proposed legislation, League of California Cities President and Town of Yountville Mayor John F. Dunbar made the following statement: “Despite all the challenges this pandemic has caused our cities, we have collected trash, responded to fires, fixed broken water mains, and helped our businesses survive. Yet today’s initial Senate proposal, the latest and perhaps last coronavirus relief package, includes zero funding to help cities maintain core services..."