June 17, 2020
League News
 
The California Legislature passed a budget by the June 15 constitutional deadline and sent it to Gov. Gavin Newsom. The Legislature’s budget largely rejects the Governor’s proposed cuts from the May Revision and instead relies on federal assistance, accounting maneuvers, and additional reserves. Read more  

 Don’t miss the first-ever, all-virtual Mayors & Council Members Executive Forum, beginning June 18 and taking place over three consecutive Thursdays. Sessions will cover the latest approaches to challenges facing cities , along with collaborative opportunities with other city officials.  Read more
   
The Hanford Fire Department has a new way to reduce tension among first responders and those they serve in the community. Fire department recruits Tiller and Asher were sworn into the fire department earlier this month, as a proven means to enrich mental health . Read more  
Education and Conferences 
 
Tuesday, June 23 at 1:30 p.m. – As cities face and manage the immediate impacts to sales tax revenues from the COVID-19 pandemic and public health response, it’s important to have the most up-to-date data on tax allocations, extensions, and returns. Presenters: CDTFA Director Nicolas Maduros and CDTFA Local Revenue Branch Supervising Tax Auditor Karen Hughes . Register now
Opportunities for Cities

Affordable apartments for low-income residents in San Pablo will undergo renovations with the use of tax-exempt bonds issued by the California Statewide Communities Development Authority. Read more
More News and Events

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
 
Thursday, July 9 at 11 a.m. – Join the Institute for Local Government and learn how to quickly and strategically retool local economies in response to COVID-19 impacts on retail, hotels, tourism, industrial, and residential markets. Presenters: CEO and Founder of Kosmont Companies Larry Kosmont and President of Kosmont Companies Ken Hira. Register now  
 
Over the past 10 years, cities and towns nationwide have been taking a step back and rethinking the way they plan and zone to address the growing need for housing. In California, the trend is more significant because of the massive demand for homes. Part of this rethinking involves “missing middle” housing, which continues to attract the attention of a wide range of communities and individuals. Read more
League in the News
League of California Cities Executive Director Carolyn Coleman issued a statement in reference to the Legislature’s proposal to increase the state’s CARES Act funding allocation to cities to $500 million and establish a floor allocation of $50,000 per city.

Nick Romo, a legislative representative for the California League of Cities, said cities statewide face a collective loss of about $7 billion through summer 2021 because of the pandemic.

The League of California Cities said that every single city in the state, regardless of size and population, faces significant projected revenue loss for their 2019-20 and 2020-21 budgets - a total shortfall of more than $7 billion.
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