June 24, 2020
League Board of Directors Statement

Following the League of California Cities Board of Directors meeting on June 19, the board issued a statement committing to creating an equitable and just future for all Californians. Read the full statement
League News
The League board of directors committed to creating an equitable and just future for all Californians and took action on key November 2020 ballot measures during a virtual board meeting on June 19.  Read more

Following a week-long negotiation over how to cut spending amid significant deficits due to the COVID-19 pandemic, Gov. Gavin Newsom and the Legislature announced a budget deal on Monday, June 22. Read more

California mayors got in front of the camera to thank residents and essential workers for their role in battling COVID-19. "Dear California, We Will Emerge Even Stronger, Together." hits the airwaves next week. Read more
Daily League COVID-19 Update Goes Weekly! Find It Here in the CA Cities Advocate Starting July 1

Back in early March, the League started sending daily emails to League members regarding COVID-19, including public health safety orders, state and federal assistance, and other pandemic-related resources for cities. While the content justified a daily update early on in the pandemic and through the first several months, the quantity and urgency of information has subsided and the updates will now be shared weekly via the League’s newsletter right here in this spot. Time-sensitive information of interest to cities will continue to be sent out as warranted outside the weekly newsletter publication.
See you here next week for the League Weekly COVID-19 Update !
Education and Conferences 

Wednesday, July 1 at 10 a.m. – Join the League’s legislative team for a special presentation on the priority bills that could impact cities and get the necessary information to successfully advocate on behalf of your city when the Legislature returns from its summer recess on July 13. Register now

The League is soliciting session proposals and speakers for the Municipal Finance Institute, City Managers Conference, and Public Works Officers Institute. These conference sessions are an opportunity to share best practices, innovative approaches, and problem-solving insight with California cities.  Read more

As California cities prepare for the upcoming wildfire season, the League is offering a webinar series to explore lessons learned from previous experiences, how to access funding and resources, and the new challenges resulting from COVID-19.  Read more

Nearly 100 people attended the kick off of this virtual event, which began June 18 and will run for the next two consecutive Thursdays. Don’t miss out on this opportunity to participate in networking and educational sessions, connect with peers, and learn about the latest approaches and challenges facing cities. Read more
More News and Events

Solving the housing crisis in California is complicated. “There’s not one silver bullet,” said Redwood City Vice Mayor Shelly Masur. “In order to build more housing — especially affordable housing — we need to explore lots of options, including one particular type of housing that has been missing.” Read about how the city is identifying barriers, addressing challenges, and taking action in “ Redwood City’s Quest to Bring Back Missing Middle Housing ” in this month’s issue of Western City magazine.
League in the News
(also appeared in Fox KTVU )
The League of California Cities has said that every single city in the state faces significant projected revenue loss for their 2019-20 and 2020-21 budgets - a total shortfall of more than $7 billion. More than 90 percent of California cities are considering employee layoffs or furloughs, or cutting public services, the League said; 72 percent are considering doing both.

The Legislature’s budget “largely rejects the governor’s proposed cuts from the May Revision budget and instead relies on federal assistance, accounting maneuvers, and additional reserves,” according to the League of California Cities….The Legislature’s proposal to increase the state’s CARES Act funding allocation to cities to  $500 million  and establish a floor allocation of  $50,000  per city drew a mixed response from  Carolyn Coleman , executive director of the League of California Cities.
2020 Annual Conference & Expo