July 1, 2020
League News
June was a busy month for the Senate and Assembly, as they had to meet several key legislative deadlines and pass a budget. The League has provided a recap of important actions taken last month, and what to expect when the Legislature returns July 13 from summer recess. Read more 

Balancing the need to protect public health and stimulate local economic activity has been at the forefront of city leaders’ minds. They have been hard at work creating plans for how businesses could safely reopen while remaining fluid and flexible due to changing conditions and state guidelines .   Read more
When the Legislature returns from summer recess, they will have until Aug. 31 to pass any pending legislation. The League is closely monitoring and engaging on a number of key bills to ensure the voices of cities are being heard in the Capitol, and has compiled a list of priority bills that have important impacts to cities. Read more 
Gov. Gavin Newsom signed into law a budget package which includes a $500 million direct allocation of the state's CARES Act funding to cities, with a minimum allocation of $50,000 per city. On June 30, the Department of Finance issued an application for cities to receive their direct allocation. Applications are due July 10. Read more on this and additional COVID-19-related updates from the week.
State Budget 2020-21 Update
In case you missed last week’s special FY 2020-21 State Budget edition of the  CA Cities Advocate, read about the League’s analysis of the budget package that the Legislature approved and Gov. Gavin Newsom signed into law. Read more

Education and Conferences 

The League’s Annual Conference & Expo is taking place Oct. 7-9! The annual meeting will bring together California city leaders for a three-day educational and peer-to-peer event where attendees can gain perspectives and knowledge on current issues cities face, and foster professional relationships with colleagues in similar fields. Read more  

California cities need to start preparing for the upcoming wildfire season while continuing to respond and navigate the COVID-19 crisis. In order to meet this challenge, the League is producing a new Wildfire Response and Recovery Webinar Series to help guide city officials . Read more
There is still time to join the League’s first all-virtual Mayors and Council Members Executive Forum! The third and final day of this virtual event will wrap up tomorrow, July 2. Don’t miss this opportunity to participate in networking and educational sessions, connect with peers, and learn about the latest approaches and challenges facing cities. Read more
Tuesday, July 7 at 11 a.m. – Learn how your city can access approximately $18.7 million in new federal funds for the Community Development Block Grant Coronavirus Response Round 1. Applications will be accepted through Aug. 31. Presenters: CALED Program Director Michelle Stephens and HCD Specialist Jessica Hayes. Register now
Thursday, July 9 at 11 a.m.  – Join the Institute for Local Government and learn how to quickly and strategically retool local economies in response to COVID-19 impacts on retail, tourism, industrial, and residential markets.  Presenters:  CEO and Founder of Kosmont Companies Larry Kosmont and President of Kosmont Companies Ken Hira.  Register now   
Opportunities for Cities
The Institute for Local Government’s Beacon Program has been providing a framework to help local governments implement energy and climate action initiatives in their communities for over a decade. Find out how your city can participate and submit an application to have their efforts recognized. Applications are due by July 31. Apply now
More News and Events

The League has many different ways to exchange ideas with your peers and learn about upcoming events and key legislation. Communication is the key for uniting members and having a strong voice in the state Capitol to advocate for top city priorities. See all the different ways to connect and stay updated on current issues!    Read more

Policy development is a key part of the League's legislative effectiveness and the annual conference resolutions process is one way that city officials can directly participate in the development of League policy. The deadline to submit resolutions is Aug. 8. League General Assembly will be held Oct. 9 . Read more

As a result of COVID-19, local governments are faced with unprecedented impacts. The Institute for Local Government has curated a list of actions that local governments can use to address economic development, climate action, and health and safety concerns. Read more  

Read the newest issue of Western City magazine! It covers important topics to cities such as building just and equitable communities, climate action plans and resiliency strategies, urban forestry and green infrastructure, and mixed-use affordable housing. Read more
League in the News
Following the approval of the FY 2020-21 State Budget by the Legislature, the League of California Cities Executive Director Carolyn Coleman issued the below statement in reference to the budget decisions affecting cities, including the $500 million direct allocation to cities of the state’s CARES Act funding and the establishment of a minimum allocation of $50,000 per city.

Rio Dell Mayor Debra Garnes Featured in Statewide PSA , June 28, North Coastal Journal News (also appeared in Redheaded Blackbelt)
The League of California Cities recently released a  statewide Public Service Announcement  featuring mayors in California cities thanking the public for following safety precautions during COVID-19 and offering words of support and encouragement. 

California uses funding as threat over virus measures , June 24, AP News (also appeared in La Crosse Tribune, The Register Citizen, The Desert Sun, The Press Democrat, KSBW.com, Ventura County Star, and 80 more)
The League of California Cities said it is “eager to learn more details about how cities will be eligible to access these funds…"
July 8

2020 Annual Conference & Expo