March 17, 2021
Cal Cities News

Serving on the League of California Cities Board of Directors is an opportunity for you to be a statewide leader shaping state policy and the actions of the organization. Cal Cities is currently accepting applications from city officials interested in serving on the board in one of six at-large positions or as second vice president. Apply by close of business, April 27. Read more

A new trail in the city of Blue Lake is getting a lot of use from local residents and regional recreation enthusiasts. It was recently featured at the annual North Coast Trails Summit, hosted virtually this year by Senator Mike McGuire. The first trail segment, completed in November 2020, is used to ride horses, bikes, skateboards, roller skate, walk, and run. Read more

There are 2,497 reasons city officials should sign up for the 2021 Legislative Briefing: Bill Introduction webinar on March 18, 1-3 p.m. That’s how many bills were introduced this legislative session. Join the Cal Cities legislative team for a briefing on the critical issues facing cities in the 2021 legislative session. Read more
Message from the Executive Director

Last Thursday, President Biden signed the American Rescue Plan bill into law. The $65 billion in direct and flexible relief for cities included in the bill is monumental and would not have been possible if it weren’t for dedicated local officials like all of you. Thank you! Read more

As city officials begin to put the unprecedented local relief from the American Rescue Plan into action to continue critical services and jumpstart recovery in their communities, Cal Cities is here to answer questions and support cities’ efforts with tools and resources. We have the first of many resources will be offering in the coming weeks and months on our Guide to Local Recovery webpage. Learn more

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Education and Events

The League of California Cities is seeking diverse, forward-looking topics for the 2021 Annual Conference & Expo at the SAFE Credit Union Convention Center in Sacramento, Sept. 22-24. These sessions will support city leaders by arming them with the latest knowledge, resources, and tools to advance their communities and assist officials in their daily roles and operations within their city. Take advantage of this special opportunity to share expertise at the premier educational event for local elected officials, city department directors, and decision-makers throughout California, by submitting a proposal by March 31Read more

Planning commissioners, city planning directors, and associated staff are invited to attend four days of educational sessions and opportunities to connect with peers at the virtual 2021 Planning Commissioners Academy taking place March 25, 26, 31, and April 1. This academy is a must for new and seasoned planning commissioners alike, with sessions ranging from the basic roles and responsibilities of a planning commissioner to updates on key legislative issues. Register now

Cal Cities has opened its call for session proposals for two educational conferences scheduled this fall. Submit your ideas today! Read more
 
Cal Cities has remained steadfast to ensure state policy approaches to housing and all other matters incorporate the local perspective and protect local control. Simply put, thanks to a unified voice, high engagement from city leaders, and the amazing Cal Cities staff, Cal Cities delivers. Read more
Opportunities for Cities

Monday, March 29, 2-3 p.m. The California Ocean Protection Council (OPC) recently announced its Proposition 1 Round 4 grant program solicitation for letters of intent on coastal projects that benefit communities entitled to environmental justice and improve water quality. OPC will present on solicitation priorities, the application process and timeline, and discuss available resources for grant applicants. Read more

Tuesday, April 6, 1-2 p.m. Join us to hear from CalTRUST's investment management team to answer the often-asked question, "What does BlackRock think?" BlackRock experts will discuss the current market environment, the March Federal Reserve meeting, and provide an outlook for the coming months. Presenter: BlackRock's Head of Short Duration Product Strategy Ludwig Marek. Register here

Each year, Cal Cities honors outstanding work in member cities throughout the state through the Helen Putnam Awards for Excellence. Apply online by April 8 at 5 p.m. Read more

The California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection (CAL FIRE) announced the availability of up to $317 million for Forest Health, Fire Prevention, Forest Legacy, and Forest Health Research grant projects. CAL FIRE is soliciting applications for projects that prevent catastrophic wildfires, protect communities, and restore forests to healthy, functioning ecosystems while also sequestering carbon and reducing greenhouse gas emissions. The call for applications opened on March 10 and will be due by 3 p.m. on May 19. More information and how to sign up for email announcements is available on the CAL FIRE website. Read more
More News and Events

The League of California Cities, County Engineers Association of California, and California State Association of Counties announced the winners of the 2021 Outstanding Local Streets and Roads Project Awards. This year’s top winner, the city of Santa Rosa, is recognized for its innovation and adaptability for both the use of Alternative Design/Alternative Bidding and recycling the existing roadway, thus reducing
trucks on the road and keeping materials out of the landfill. Read the News Release
 
The Legislature has numerous hearings on a variety of policy areas and bills of interest to cities in the coming weeks. More than 2,400 bills were introduced and will be heard in policy committees. The League of California Cities will be hosting a webinar tomorrow, March 18 to discuss key bills impacting cities. Read more
 
Tomorrow, March 18, 10 a.m. — The Supreme Court's 2021 docket is set for the 2020-21 term. Many new cases of interest to states and local governments have been added, ranging from a takings case to a case involving college athlete pay. Join the State and Local Legal Center for a discussion of the most interesting cases for states and local governments to be decided this term. Presenters: Dan Geyser of Alexander Dubose & Jefferson; Matthew Littleton of Donahue, Goldberg, Weaver & Littleton; Sarah Harris of Williams & Connolly's Supreme Court and Appellate practice; and Lisa Soronen of the State and Local Legal Center. Read more
Cal Cities in the News
“Based on those estimates that the League of California Cities provided for all agencies and cities in California, that estimate indicated that Tracy could receive a one-time payment of as much as $16.9 million,” he said, adding that it could take 2 or 3 months for that money to arrive. “We’re waiting to see the final bill that is going to be approved, but we’re expecting that could come fairly quickly.”
 
“This funding is a lifeline for cities that have been on the front lines for nearly a year, spending billions to protect public health, deliver essential services, protect vulnerable populations, and help small businesses survive, while experiencing billions of dollars in revenue shortfalls due to the shutdown of our local economies,” said Carolyn Coleman, the league’s executive director.
 
The bill aims to increase organic-waste disposal by more than 20-million tons per year by 2025 and reduce edible-food disposal by 20%, according to Kristine Guerrero, public-affairs manager and legislative director for the advocacy group League of California Cities. Guerrero told the Signal Hill City Council during its meeting Tuesday, March 9 that the measure’s ultimate purpose is to reduce methane-gas emissions from landfills to mitigate climate change.
 
LA city could get $1.35 billion, county could get $1.9 billion from federal coronavirus relief package, officials say, March 10, LA Daily News (also appeared in San Gabriel Valley Tribune, Inland Valley Daily Bulletin, Pasadena Star-News, Whittier Daily News, Long Beach Press-Telegram)
Overall, the funding could help shore up troubled financial situations in many cities, said Carolyn Coleman, executive director and CEO for the League of California Cities. “This funding is a lifeline for cities that have been on the front lines for nearly a year,” Coleman said in a statement, “spending billions to protect public health, deliver essential services, protect vulnerable populations, and help small businesses survive, while experiencing billions of dollars in revenue shortfalls due to the shutdown of our local economies.”