May 27, 2020
Executive Director's Message
League News

New estimates of 2019-20 and 2020-21 local streets and roads revenues for cities are now available. The new figures are based on updated estimates of state fuel tax and vehicle registration fee collections included in the May Revision budget proposal. Read more

After two months under stay-at-home orders, cities and towns are slowly starting to reopen and just as they managed the shutdown, city leaders are approaching the new directives with creativity, pragmatism, and a vision for the future.  Read more

Legislative policy committees are in full swing, as the deadlines for fiscal committees to hear and report bills to the floor are just a few weeks away. The League is closely monitoring and engaging on a number of priority bills to ensure the voices of cities are being heard in the Capitol.  Read more
Education and Conferences 

Join the League for three days of educational content and peer-to-peer connection for our first-ever all-virtual conference — the 2020 Mayors and Council Members Executive Forum. Taking place over three consecutive Thursdays, this innovative conference will cover current topics of importance to mayors and council members including leadership in an emergency, effective action planning, cyber security, by-district elections, utility-initiated power shutdowns, and more. Virtual opportunities to connect with peers will be available as well. Read more

The League is seeking session proposals for the Fire Chiefs Leadership Seminar scheduled Dec. 9-10, 2020 in Monterey. Submit your session proposals by May 29 and share how your area of expertise would help fire service leaders improve their leadership abilities and knowledge, and bring back best practices to their communities.  Read more
Opportunities for Cities
Applications are due July 14

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), is seeking applications for projects that will help reduce food loss and waste and divert food waste from landfills by expanding anaerobic digester capacity. The EPA is anticipating awarding up to $3 million in funding to eligible grant recipients, and local governments are encouraged to apply. Read more
More News and Events
The Legislature is moving on a fast track the next couple of weeks to proceed with legislation that was delayed or amended due to the COVID-19 pandemic. In the Assembly and Senate, there are a number of hearings in the coming days that are of interest to cities. Read more for the full list and schedule.  Read more

Thursday, May 28 at 1 p.m. – The National League of Cities (NLC) and the American Psychological Association (APA) are hosting an interactive tele-town hall about why self-care is important for effective leadership. NLC Executive Director and CEO Clarence E. Anthony and APA CEO Arthur C. Evans, PhD have decades of experience in local governing and mental well-being. Tune in to learn why self-care is important for effective leadership, especially during the COVID-19 pandemic. Moderator: City of West Hollywood Mayor Lindsey Horvath.  Register now

Housing proposals often spark an emotionally charged community debate centered more on differing values and a lack of trust than on the factual merits and impacts of the housing project in question. Now cities are using a different approach to set the tone of discussions, emphasize inclusion, identify community values, build trust, and create a shared vision. Read about the new strategies and lessons learned in “ Cities Reframe Community Conversations About Housing ” in this month’s issue of Western City magazine.  
League in the News
According to the League of California Cities, COVID-19 has hit the state’s 482 cities and towns hard, with them expected to lose roughly $6.7 billion in revenue over the next two fiscal years, a number that could grow if stay-at-home orders last into summer or beyond.

Fact Check: Gavin Newsom warns of layoffs for police, firefighters. Is he exaggerating? , May 21, The Sacramento Bee (also appeared in The San Luis Obispo Tribune, The Fresno Bee, The Modesto Bee, Merced Sun-Star)
The League of California Cities found that nine of 10 cities in the state are considering cutting or furloughing staff or decreasing city services to residents because of the revenue shortfalls....“This means fewer firefighters and police officers to answer emergency calls, reduced garbage pickup frequency, and limited staff for required inspections, processing business licenses, and permitting,” said Nicolas Romo, a League legislative representative, told The Bee.

Pandemic Pushes California Cities and Counties Into Fiscal Crises, May 21, KQED Public Media for Northern CA
Meanwhile, the League of California Cities projects that cities could experience a combined $7 billion shortfall during the next two years. In this hour of Forum, we talk to policy experts and elected officials about how local governments plan to weather the crisis. League Executive Director Carolyn Coleman was interviewed about how COVID-19 is impacting city budgets and the significant revenue shortfalls cities face. 

"Without those services, then our quality of life is going to suffer across the board," said David Mullinax, regional public affairs manager for the League of California Cities, an organization that goes to bat for city interests in the state Capitol.... According to a recent League of Cities survey measuring the city budget crunches statewide, municipalities are in a $7 billion collective hole thanks to COVID-19. The crisis has sparked the Support Local Recovery initiative, aimed at lobbying the state and federal governments for local disaster relief.
2020 Annual Conference & Expo