March 18, 2020
League News
Thousands of local officials, partners, and municipal staff left a resounding message of strength in our nation’s capital last week for the 55th annual Congressional City Conference. America’s largest legislative conference for local leaders included important policy discussions, engaging general session speakers, collaborative networking opportunities, and a spotlight on the power of cities. 

Over the past week, Californians have been hit with increasing coronavirus (COVID-19) case numbers, unprecedented regulations, unparalleled closures of schools, restaurants, and stores, and cancelling of events. As COVID-19 continues to spread through California communities, life is changing dramatically for cities and towns, seemingly by the minute. 

In light of the disruption that the COVID-19 outbreak has caused for city officials and staff across the state, the League has extended the Helen Putnam Awards for Excellence application deadline to provide cities additional time to complete submissions. The new deadline to apply is close of business on Friday, May 8. 

Education and Conferences

The League is seeking innovative, cutting-edge topics for its 2020 Annual Conference & Expo which is scheduled for Oct. 7-9 at the Long Beach Convention Center. Gain visibility and contribute to the advancement of your field by taking advantage of this special opportunity before March 30.

Opportunities for Cities

The California Department of Resource Recycling and Recovery (CalRecycle) has modified its determination on who can be a grantee in relation to the funding allocated by AB 54 for the  Beverage Container Redemption Pilot Project Grant Program and are encouraged to review these modifications.

In consideration of the evolving COVID-19 outbreak, the Governor's Office of Planning and Research is working on a plan to extend the deadline to submit applications for the  Wildfire Resiliency and Recovery Planning Grants .  Although SGC and OPR have not yet confirmed the new submission deadline, they will provide a minimum three week extension beyond the original March 18 deadline.

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Update: California Legislature in Recess

The California Legislature has decided to recess until April 13 in response to the COVID-19 outbreak. Legislative leaders in either chamber can decide to reconvene at any time

In most cities, economic development competes for resources and attention as local officials deal with urgent issues that include affordable housing, emergency response, and more. Despite these challenges, many cities are building momentum in realizing their economic development goals. Build Economic Development Momentum With Tools, Teams, and Tactics explores some of the tools, potential team members, and tactics that can help your city boost its economic vitality — in this month’s Western City magazine.
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The League of California Cities, meanwhile, has called for everyone to come together to work on solutions. “We have been concerned about the unsustainable fiscal impact of growing pension costs for some time, and the recent market behavior highlights the need for continued collaboration,” league spokeswoman Kayla Woods said by email.
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