June 10, 2020
Executive Director's Message
The last few weeks have weighed heavily on us all. With cities still feeling the impacts of COVID-19, and slowly starting to reopen their communities, we suddenly faced the brutal death of George Floyd and the loud calls for justice and equity that followed. All of us have experienced the pain, frustration, and anger brought about by the broken trust between law enforcement and the diverse communities they serve. We have also experienced hope, witnessing local leaders, police officers, citizen protesters, and others standing together united for racial equity and justice in California and our nation. Read more
League News
The City of Lomita, known to its residents as “The Friendly City,” prides itself on being a place where neighbors help neighbors. During the COVID-19 pandemic, the city launched a campaign called “Lift Up Lomita” in hopes of amplifying and multiplying the grassroots acts of neighborliness.  Read more

Eight out of 10 cities project cuts to parks and recreation services due to revenue shortfalls stemming from the economic impacts of COVID-19. Through the Statewide Park Program, $395 million will be available to create parks and recreation opportunities in California’s underserved communities.  Read more

The League is soliciting session proposals and speakers for the 2021 City Managers Conference, scheduled Feb. 3-5 in Carlsbad. The conference sessions provide great opportunities to share research and information with city managers at their annual gathering.  Read more
Education and Conferences 

Join the League for the first-ever, all-virtual Mayors & Council Members Executive Forum beginning June 18. The schedule for each day of the event, taking place over three consecutive Thursdays, covers current topics and the latest approaches to challenges facing cities, along with collaborative opportunities with other city officials. Read more

Thursday, June 18 at 1:30 p.m.  The COVID-19 crisis has changed the way that local governments do business. Join the Institute for Local Government and their partners from PlaceWorks, the City of West Sacramento, and San Luis Obispo County to hear how local governments have adapted to continue to meet the needs of residents, businesses, and developers, and what policies and practices they can put into place to be better prepared for future crisis events.   Register now
More News and Events

At a Federal Communications Commission (FCC) meeting June 9, the commission voted to adopt a Ruling and Notice of Proposed Rulemaking to “clarify” and change FCC rules pertaining to modifications of existing wireless facilities. The changes limit local control in various ways, including by increasing the height of additional antenna permitted to be added to existing towers by right, and by undoing protections used by local governments to preserve concealment elements or enforce prior conditions of approval.  Read more

To ensure Congress and the Administration have the information they need about the local impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic, NLC is conducting a brief survey focused on changes to the municipal workforce and service levels, in particular any layoffs, employee furloughs, and unexpected expenses. This survey will help further the League’s Support Local Recovery coalition federal ask to secure $500 billion in direct and flexible funding for all cities nationwide to support critical local services . Please submit responses by end of day Monday, June 15 .

Cyberattacks and resulting data breaches are a growing threat to cities, and cyberattackers increasingly target mobile devices. Ransomware can infect mobile devices just like it can infect workstations and laptops. Learn about cybersecurity best practices and more in “ Cyberattacks and Public Agency Response ” in this month’s Western City magazine.
League in the News
At the same time, the League of California Cities estimates that municipalities across California are facing a $7 billion revenue shortfall over the next two years due to the impact of stay-at-home orders on business and tourism. As a result, the League reports that nine out of 10 California cities are considering cutting or furloughing city staff.

According to a League of California Cities analysis, this shortfall will grow by billions of dollars as modified stay-at-home orders extend into the summer months and beyond.

SB to consider statement against police brutality , June 8, Santa Barbara News-Press
The League of California Cities…formed the coalition which is aimed at securing state funding to cover COVID-related expenses and direct federal funding for cities to support critical local services. The city has already received $9.6 million in COVID relief, though officials say additional funding will be critical to continue certain services.
2020 Annual Conference & Expo