League News

The California Department of Housing and Community Development has announced awards totaling more than $2.3 million to nine cities that will use the grants to increase the supply of affordable homes and apartments.

Second Vice President John Dunbar, mayor, Yountville, traveled to Sacramento on Aug. 13 to testify during a Senate Governmental Organization committee hearing on a January executive order announcing a commitment to partner with cities to develop affordable housing on state-owned property.

As the League continues to advocate for secure defined benefit pension plans and reforms that will allow them to flourish through the next century of public service, cities can do their part by completing the League’s upcoming pension survey which will be distributed on Sept. 4.
Opportunities for Cities

The League’s co-sponsorship of the California Statewide Communities Development Authority (CSCDA) continues to be one of the most significant benefits for League members. CSCDA announced the issuance of $45.5 million in tax-exempt bonds for John Muir Health in Walnut Creek.
Education and Conferences

The League's five diversity caucuses will each host a session during the upcoming annual conference, as well as a business meeting where you can learn about top priorities for each caucus and how to get involved. Registration for the conference in now open.

The passage of the budget trailer bills AB 97 and SB 97 changed the requirements for obtaining a provisional commercial cannabis license. In an effort to help educate the public on these recent statutory changes, the Bureau of Cannabis Control has requested a webinar through the League that will cover what these changes mean for cities. The webinar will be held on Aug. 29 from 1:30 – 3 p.m.

On Aug. 1, the Federal Communications Commission voted to dramatically preempt and change how state and local governments handle cable franchising. Join the National League of Cities on Aug. 27 at 11 a.m. for a webinar to understand what was in the FCC order, when it goes into effect, how it might impact your city and what cities and municipal leagues are doing to fight back against this federal overreach.
More News & Events

In response to Gov. Gavin Newsom’s call for a creation of a Master Plan of Aging during his January State of the State Address, California Health and Human Services Secretary Dr. Mark Ghaly announced the establishment of a Master Plan for Aging Stakeholder Advisory Committee and appointed League President Jan Arbuckle, council member, Grass Valley, to the committee.

Serving on the League of California Cities board of directors is an outstanding opportunity to be a leader shaping state policy and the organization’s strategic direction.