September 2, 2020
League News

The last day of session, Aug. 31, came down to the wire, with lawmakers racing to cast votes ahead of the midnight deadline and legislators picking and choosing among their remaining bills before time ran out. League staff worked late into the night advocating for cities’ interests. The League urges cities to advocate for the Governor’s signature or veto on priority bills before the Sept. 30 deadline. Read more

San Francisco has doubled down on its commitment to support Black-owned businesses impacted by COVID-19. The city just announced that its African American Small Business Revolving Loan Fund has grown to $3.2 million and will help at least 70 Black-owned businesses and entrepreneurs access much-needed financial capital, with zero-interest loans of up to $50,000. Read more

Is it time for you to renew your state-mandated training? This important training on Public Service Ethics Laws and Principles (AB 1234 Training) and Harassment Prevention Training for Supervisors and Officials (AB 1661 Training) will be offered at the League of California Cities 2020 Annual Conference & Expo. Just one more reason to register for the conference today! Read more

Over the past week, the Department of Finance (DOF) launched a Coronavirus Relief Fund (CRF) Web Portal and updated resources related to CARES Act funding reporting for cities. The League hosted a webinar for cities with DOF to walkthrough the new portal and a city-specific FAQ. City reports are due Sept. 4. Gov. Gavin Newsom signed AB 3088 into law late Monday, providing a five-month extension to the COVID-19 Moratorium on Evictions. The state also unveiled a new statewide framework to reopen California’s economy, using a color-tier system representing new cases and what sectors are open by county. Read more
Education and Conferences

The League of California Cities 2020 City Attorneys’ Department Conference track, typically scheduled during the Annual Conference & Expo, is transforming to a standalone virtual event this year! This popular educational conference track is taking place over four consecutive Fridays from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m., beginning Oct. 16 and ending Nov. 6. Read more

Did you miss one of the important webinars the League offered in the last seven days? Were you called away from your computer right when a speaker was talking about the exact thing you wanted to hear? The webinar recordings are now online for busy city officials to catch up on important topics like the CARES Act, an Introduction to Racial Equity, and the Sign/Veto Requests. Read more
Opportunities for Cities
Time is running out for cities that have not yet applied for the California Department of Housing and Community Development Community Development Block Grant Coronavirus Response Round 1 (CDBG-CV1) funding for local assistance. The CDBG-CV1 funding will provide support for communities impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic. The deadline to submit an application for the $18.7 million in new federal funds has been extended to Sept. 21 at 5 p.m. Read more 
The California Statewide Communities Development Authority program provides access to low-cost, tax-exempt financing for city projects that deliver a tangible public benefit. Learn more about this program and how your city can finance projects that contribute to social and economic growth, and improve the overall quality of life in local communities throughout California. Read more 
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It’s jam-packed with timely, useful information, including a preview of the reimagined 2020 League Annual Conference & Expo, how to use big data to reduce catastrophic impacts of wildfire, enforcing code during a pandemic, adapting to the virtual workspace, tips on temporary use of public property for private business, and how librarians are printing face shields. Read more
League in the News
Editorial: Ranked-choice voting could racially diversify councils, Sept. 2, The Mercury News (also appeared in East Bay Times)
The Legislature — urged by groups including American Civil Liberties Union of California, Asian Americans Advancing Justice, League of California Cities and League of Women Voters — last year passed Senate Bill 212 to permit all cities the option. But Newsom vetoed it, saying the state needs more time to study how it has worked in the cities that have it.

While no petition for review was submitted, it’s likely a request for the decision’s depublication by the California State Association of Counties and League of California Cities caught the Court’s eye. The CSAC and Leagueclaim the decision’s “lack of clarity” regarding appropriate procedures for adjudicatory proceedings could subject routine government decision-making to legal challenges.

Making False, Racist 911 Calls Could Soon Be A Crime In California, Sept. 1, Los Angeles Times (, Yahoo news, Herald Mail Media, ArcaMax, Sparklight, TDS,
The legislation, AB 1775, passed in both the Senate and Assembly and was supported by the California State Sheriffs' Assn. and League of California Cities. The bill now heads to Gov. Gavin Newsom for his consideration.

California legislators must block Attorney General Becerra’s last-minute power grab, Aug. 31, The Sacramento Bee (also in The San Luis Obispo Tribune, Fresno Bee, & Merced Sun-Star)
“AB 6 includes a deeply flawed ‘experiment’ that would greatly expand the powers of the Attorney General,” said the League of California Cities in a statement. “Local governments have been leading the charge in relation to opioid litigation since 2014 to pursue relief for the damages caused in our communities by the opioid manufacturers. This legislation would cut local governments out of the settlement negotiations and could severely hamper the possibility of meaningful settlements in existing lawsuits.”