This is the final issue of CA Cities Advocate for 2019. The newsletter will resume publishing the first full week of 2020.
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The Institute for Local Government has partnered with the California Department of Housing and Community Development Department, the Governor’s Office of Planning and Research and Placeworks to provide training and technical assistance to local agencies with housing-related issues. The deadline to submit a SB 2 planning grant application is Friday, Dec. 20. Don't miss this opportunity!
League News

The U.S. Supreme Court ruled today that it will not hear the case of Martin v. City of Boise. The Supreme Court’s decision leaves intact the ruling from the Ninth Circuit, which concluded that the city violated the prohibition on cruel and unusual punishment in the Eighth Amendment when it enforced its public camping and sleeping ordinances against homeless individuals with no place else to go. 

League President and Yountville Mayor John F. Dunbar announced his chair and vice chair appointments to the League’s seven standing policy committees . These appointments set the stage for the committees’ 2020 work, which begins in January when they hold their first meetings in Sacramento. This work serves as the foundation of the League’s strong advocacy on behalf of cities. 
Education and Conferences

Large, urban cities often have a tax base that allows for development and redevelopment while rural cities are obligated to work with smaller capital budgets and a tax base that feels overburdened by taxes. Obtaining needed funds in a respectful way and staying on budget are essential to the success of a rural city. Join the League for this webinar to discuss obtaining and using funds for projects in a city with a small to medium-sized economy.

The League offers a number of informative and educational opportunities throughout the year. View the wide selection of events and plan to attend!

Don’t miss your chance to secure a spot for the League’s 2020 Planning Commissioners Academy. This premier training is scheduled for March 4-6 at the Hyatt Regency Sacramento. 

The University of La Verne College of Law, in collaboration with the League of California Cities, will host an Aviation Law Symposium that will provide city attorneys and city managers with best practices for developing and managing public airports.
Opportunities for Cities

California Statewide Communities Development Authority (CSCDA) announced the issuance of $61 million in tax-exempt and taxable multi-family affordable housing bonds for Parkside Terrace Apartments in San Jose. The League’s co-sponsorship of CSCDA continues to be a significant benefit for League members.

Californians deserve to live in communities where they can have access to clean air and water, clean transportation, affordable housing and economic opportunity. However, many communities across the state lack the staff capacity and resources to develop projects and secure funding to make this a reality for their residents . To help address this need, the Institute for Local Government and the California Strategic Growth Council have partnered to launch a new pilot program, called BOOST, to support local governments across the state build capacity and reach their goals.  
More News & Events

When utility-initiated power shutoffs began, city officials stepped up in new and creative ways to provide practical help to residents and communities left in the dark. Read this month in Western City magazine to learn how the League supported cities’ efforts to serve residents during the shutoffs.