May 13, 2020
Executive Director's Message
League News

The League has spearheaded a new grassroots coalition of local government, labor representatives, small businesses, and nonprofits, calling for direct and flexible funding to cities from the state and federal governments to ensure cities can deliver services to residents and businesses during and after the pandemic. 

A first person account by Temecula City Manager Aaron Adams.

" When I wake up tomorrow, this will have been a bad dream or probably more accurately described, a horrible nightmare.”

The California Public Utilities Commission issued a proposed decision that would improve and update existing guidelines for utility-initiated power shutoffs in advance of the 2020 wildfire season.

Opportunities for Cities

Join the League Monday, May 18, 11 a.m.–12 p.m. for a conversation with the White House Office of Intergovernmental Affairs to hear how the White House and Administration is empowering states and local governments with the tools and resources they need to respond to the Coronavirus pandemic. Speakers will include William F. Crozer, Special Assistant to the President/Deputy Director, White House Office of Intergovernmental Affairs; John Dunbar, Mayor, Town of Yountville and President, League of California Cities; Carolyn Coleman, Executive Director, League of California Cities. Register now!

United for Infrastructure, formerly known as Infrastructure Week, along with Milken Institute has launched “Infrastructure, Resilience and Recovery: A Webinar Series on Innovative Policy, Funding, and Financing Mechanisms for a New Era.” This six-part webinar series will feature leaders and innovators addressing critical questions as America responds to, and recovers from, the COVID-19 pandemic. The first webinar will be Wednesday, May 20 at 9 a.m. PST and will be held every Wednesday until June 24.  Register today  to participate.
More News and Events

When early reports of infection showed California was among the states with the highest numbers of confirmed COVID-19 cases, local and state leaders sprung into action to slow the spread of the virus and protect vulnerable populations. The article “ In an Unprecedented Crisis, Local and State Leaders Step Up ” offers insights from League President John F. Dunbar on how cities — and the League — are responding to the pandemic. Read it in this month’s issue of Western City magazine.
League in the News
“California’s 482 cities are the economic engines of our state, and recovery from this unprecedented crisis will only be realized at the local level with the strong support of our state and federal government partners,” said Carolyn Coleman, Executive Director, League of California Cities. “Providing funding to local governments is not optional – a safe, equitable, and expedited economic recovery depends on it.”
Cities around the state will collectively lose at least $7 billion in revenue over the next two years as a result of the pandemic, and they could lose billions more if the stay-at-home orders extend into the summer and beyond, according to an estimate from the League of California Cities, a group that advocates for cities at the state Capitol.

And in Yountville, the town of roughly 3,000 in the heart of the Napa Valley wine country, the decline in hotel and sales tax revenue has resulted “in about a 74 percent loss in revenue,” said Mayor John Dunbar, who is also president of the League of California Cities, in a live-streamed discussion with CalMatters.

CalMatters political reporter Ben Christopher moderated a virtual discussion on Thursday, May 7, about how the pandemic is gutting California cities’ budgets, featuring John Dunbar, board president of the League of California Cities and Mayor of Yountville and San Diego Mayor Kevin Faulconer. The virtual chat was part of our “Getting Through Coronavirus, Explained” series.

The letter, which was sent out Wednesday morning, is asking Gov. Gavin Newsom to establish a $7 billion fund to help some 500 cities in the state that are experiencing that same amount in budget shortfalls. The effort is being coordinated by the League of California Cities.

Associations like  the League of California Cities a re lobbying Congress and state leaders for more stimulus money for smaller cities. They’re also asking for more flexibility in spending any money that does come, so it can be used to help cover lost revenues – something not allowed under the current CARES Act rules.