January 21, 2020
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The second year of a two-year legislative session kicked off the first week of January with amendments to proposed housing legislation SB 50. The League urges city officials to send letters in opposition of SB 50.

OPPOSE SB 50 (Wiener) Planning and zoning: housing development: streamlined approval: incentives. Sample City Letter

For the most updated information on action alerts, please go to the  Action Center on the League website , which will be continuously updated as the League designates positions on key bills affecting cities. You may also contact your  Regional Public Affairs Manager.
League News

We are very excited to present the League of California Cities 2019 Annual Report, which captures in writing, in pictures, and by the numbers the organization’s achievements in support of California’s 482 cities last year. 

The League will welcome more than 400 California city officials to Sacramento this week for newly elected officials training, policy committee meetings, and meetings with legislative leadership. 

The California Department of Finance provided new revenue estimates with Gov. Gavin Newsom’s Proposed FY 2020-21 State Budget released on Jan. 10, including for transportation tax revenues. 

Education and Conferences

The League has several fantastic educational opportunities available right now. Check out a couple of the offerings!

The Department of Water Resources is hosting a webinar for cities on Thursday, Jan. 23 from 1-3 p.m. on how to comply with state reporting laws for Model Water Efficient Landscape Ordinances. 

More News and Events

The California Municipal Law Handbook committee of the League’s City Attorneys’ Department met on Jan. 16 and 17 at the League offices in Sacramento for their annual review and update of the municipal law resource. This year’s committee, appointed by the department president, included 14 city attorneys from throughout the state who dedicated their time to updating the guide with the review of thousands of proposed changes over 13 chapters containing nearly 1,600 pages. 

Relationships, networks and collaboration play a key role when advocating for policy and legislation on behalf of cities — particularly when opposing viewpoints may be involved. Get tips for communicating with your legislators in this month's Western City magazine.
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