December 9, 2020
The Cal Cities Advocate will not publish on Dec. 16, 23, or 30. We'll resume our weekly newsletter schedule on Jan. 6.
Cal Cities News

The California Department of Resources Recycling and Recovery (CalRecycle) has finalized the SB 1383 Short-Lived Climate Pollutants regulations, which are set to go into effect on Jan. 1, 2022. To assist with implementation of SB 1383 regulations, CalRecycle continues to publish education and outreach tools which are highly customizable, allowing for consideration of an individual jurisdiction’s particular needs or circumstances. Read more

Like many of the businesses impacted by the pandemic, the restaurant industry has struggled to keep their doors open. To assist local restaurants, the City of Pico Rivera decided to “think outside the box” and launched an exciting new program, the Parklet Pilot Project, which uses shipping containers to transform street areas into outdoor dining spaces so residents can practice social distancing while enjoying their meals. Read more

Cal Cities is gearing up for the 2021 City Managers Conference, Feb. 1, 3, and 5. Join your fellow California city managers online for timely topics of importance to city leaders and peer-to-peer interactions. Sessions will include discussions on the future of government following the global pandemic, advancing equity, trends in city finance, forecasting recovery in the travel industry, and more. Read more

Gov. Gavin Newsom announced the launch of CA Notify, a new digital tool that will help reduce the transmission of COVID-19. Starting Dec. 10, Californians can opt in to receive COVID-19 notifications informing them if they have been exposed to someone who has tested positive for the virus. Read more
Opportunities for Cities

Now is your city’s chance to highlight a street or road infrastructure project or program that has demonstrated a significant improvement in your community’s street system. The Save California Streets Coalition has opened the nomination period for its annual Outstanding Local Streets and Roads Awards Program, which highlights cities and counties that are employing projects, programs, practices, and innovative technologies and materials to achieve preservation, safety, and sustainability goals for the statewide local street and road system. Submit your nomination by Jan. 29. Read more

The National League of Cities (NLC) 2021 Leadership in Community Resilience program is now accepting proposals from cities seeking additional funding for resilience-related projects. Each city selected for the 2021 cohort will receive $10,000 in financial support and customized support from both NLC and the Resilient Cities Network. The deadline to apply is Dec. 23. Read more
More News and Events

The League of California Cities, Rural County Representatives of California, and California State Association of Counties submitted a letter to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency on their Draft National Recycling Strategy, urging them to focus national efforts primarily on increasing manufacturer engagement in designing readily recyclable products and using recycled materials in those products. Read more

The California Coastal Commission is hosting a Local Government Workshop Dec. 17, to discuss sea level rise and implementation of the Joint Statement on Adaptation Planning, which was adopted by the Commission in November 2020. The workshop will include representatives from the League of California Cities, and local government officials in the Coastal Zone are encouraged to attend. Read more  

The City of Norco went virtual this year for its 14th Annual Pearl Harbor Remembrance Day ceremony. Partnering with the Lake Norconian Club Foundation and Norco College, the city created a meaningful tribute at the George A. Ingalls Veterans Memorial Plaza for its 2020 remembrance ceremony and shared the tribute on the city’s Facebook, Twitter, and YouTube channels. Watch the tribute here

The rates of depression and anxiety among children in the United States have risen steadily in recent years. After a tragic loss in Norwalk, the recreation staff sought ways to address risk factors and connect effectively with youths in crisis. They now offer a forum for dealing with issues and provide professional resources for teens and youth grappling with personal challenges every day. Read more in Western City magazine
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City Managers Conference — Virtual Conference