October 21, 2020
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League News
UPDATED: On Sept. 30, Gov. Gavin Newsom concluded a tumultuous legislative year by taking action on bills the Legislature sent to his desk. This year, the League submitted nine requests for signatures and five for vetoes. The Governor signed all nine of the League’s signature requests, including League-sponsored AB 1286 (Muratsuchi) related to micro-mobility providers. He also signed the five bills we requested he veto, most notably SB 1383 (Jackson) related to paid family leave.

Since the pandemic began, more residents are utilizing e-cart or grocery delivery services. Now, residents in Modesto have another shopping option: robot delivery. A local grocery store has partnered with a robot delivery company to provide an on-demand robot service to deliver groceries. This innovative partnership exemplifies the city of Modesto’s dedication to helping residents, especially those with limited mobility, have a safe and low-cost, way to get groceries. 

Rural city officials got a new tool in their financial toolkit the “California Rural Infrastructure Finance Guidebook.The book was unveiled during a Rural City Information Exchange meeting at the League’s Annual Conference & Expo. Produced by the California Association for Local Economic Development, the guidebook provides rural leaders and economic development practitioners the necessary tools to support economic growth through infrastructure financing and development. Read more
The state released new guidance for theme parks, outdoor stadiums, and personal care service sectors, and made updates to the Blueprint for a Safer Economy, a core component of the state's plan to fight COVID-19. A new Housing Is Key toolkit is available to provide state eviction protection training for community partners. Gov. Gavin Newsom also announced $30.7 million in the fifth round of funding for Homekey. Cities included in the fifth round were Los Angeles and San Luis Obispo. Read more
Education & Conferences

Monday, Oct. 26, 1-2:30 p.m. — In just a few weeks, the nation will hold an election for which the politics have become deeply partisan and the integrity of the process has been challenged. As cities prepare to support their communities during and after the election, join the League and All Children Thrive - California for a presentation on building a trauma-informed response to election-related protests. Webinar participants will gain an understanding of community trauma, explore lessons learned from previous periods of civil unrest, and begin to thoughtfully, equitably, and strategically plan to provide a trauma-informed response to protest activity. Register now 
Oct. 23, 30, and Nov. 6, 9 a.m.-12 p.m.The League’s 2020 City Attorneys' Department virtual conference kicked off last week, but there’s still time to register! This conference provides peer-to-peer networking opportunities and educational sessions on cutting-edge issues in municipal law. Plus, the conference offers up to 12 hours of MCLE credit. Don’t wait any longer – view the conference schedule and register now
Opportunities for Cities

California’s Office of Emergency Services is seeking applications for a new grant program to support cities with additional preparedness measures in response to power outages. All incorporated cities are eligible to apply for this grant program, and applicants may apply for up to $300,000 in funding. As a funding condition, cities must collaborate with their county to support critical infrastructure and resiliency, with a focus on public safety, vulnerable communities, and individuals with access and functional needs. The deadline to apply is 5 p.m. on Friday, Oct. 30. Read more

The California Statewide Communities Development Authority issued more than $37 million in insured taxable bonds that will benefit Los Angeles community seniors. For more than 100 years, the Los Angeles Jewish Home for the Aging (LAJHA), directly or through its affiliates, has provided residential, long-term care, and community-based healthcare services to Los Angeles seniors The AA-rated insured taxable bonds refinanced existing bonds, resulting in significant debt service savings for LAJHA. Read more
More News and Events

Nov. 18-20 — The National League of Cities (NLC) 2020 City Summit conference is going virtual this year. NLC invites you to “Learn. Grow. Build. Renew.” and take part in an immersive program that includes informative panel discussions, keynotes, and fireside chats, as well as engaging workshops and opportunities to network with peers. Register today

California has experienced an alarming spike in homelessness over the past decade, with a significant increase in the number of unsheltered people in our communities. The recently enacted SB 450 may aid cities and counties in their efforts to address homelessness by encouraging investors to offer temporary housing to those in need, while providing local agencies a novel incentive for remediating certain nuisance properties. Read more about SB 450 in Western City magazine.
League in the News
El Cerrito City Councilman Gabriel Quinto, elected in 2018 to a second four-year term, is the new president of the League of California Cities' LGBTQ Caucus. He had been serving as the group's vice president and was elected to its top leadership position October 8.

Monterey Herald
The League of California Cities issued a report asking for a greater ability to negotiate terms of the $360 billion pension because of the stress it is creating on municipal budgets.

Rio Dell Mayor Debra Garnes was sworn in as the President of the Redwood Empire Division of the League of California Cities on Oct. 16, 2020. Garnes succeeds Melanie Bagby of Cloverdale to lead California’s north coast cities in representing local municipal interests in Sacramento. Due to concerns related to COVID-19, the swearing-in ceremony occurred virtually.