President's Message
Dear CCCA Friends and Colleagues,
The California Contract Cities Association (CCCA) hosted another successful Sacramento Legislative Tour (SLOT) from January 7-9, 2019. This was CCCA's 52nd  year welcoming nearly 100 mayors, councilmembers, and senior city staffers to Sacramento to advocate for our member cities and to work toward strengthening local control. Our delegation focused on CCCA's 2019 Legislative Priorities which provide a framework for our position on legislation that would impact issue areas, ranging from community choice aggregation, housing/homelessness, taxation, and public safety. More information about CCCA's 2019 Legislative Priorities can be found here.
On January 7 (Monday), CCCA gathered at the State Capitol for a number of briefing sessions, including a panel discussion with State Senator Scott Wiener (D-11) to discuss his bill, SB 50. SB 50, a revised version of last year's most contentious housing bill, SB 827, would authorize a housing developer maximum controls on density and limit parking requirements in proximity to major transit stops and job-rich areas. Noting the author's intent to reintroduce a housing density bill, CCCA collaborated with Sen. Wiener, Thaddeus McCormack, City Manager of Lakewood, and Juan Garza, Contract Cities' Legislative Chair, to discuss SB 50 from a local's perspective on density, such as concerns regarding the reliability of transit schedules, passenger capacity, CEQA reforms, and strains to public services. The   discussion was well-received from both the delegation and Senator Wiener, helping bridge the dialogue that was lost during the discussion's in last year's bill. Senator Wiener expressed his commitment to working with the Association on SB 50 in the coming months.    
The delegation also received early introductions to proposed legislation concerning housing ( SB 4, SB 6, SB 50) and a new tax-increment financing tool, better known as redevelopment 2.0 ( AB 11, SB 5). Speakers included Senator Anthony Portantino, committee consultants from Assembly Housing and Community Development, Assembly Communications and Conveyance, and Assembly Local Government. The Legislative Committee will review these bills in the coming months.
On January 8 (Tuesday), the delegation participated in over forty-six small group meetings with legislative offices that represent the entirety of CCCA. Members cities shared three key talking points important to CCCA's 2019 Legislative Priorities: local control, housing/homelessness, and public safety. CCCA wrapped up Tuesday's activities with a luncheon with Assembly Speaker Anthony Rendon and its Annual Sacramento Legislative Reception. The Association welcomed numerous state legislators where conference attendees and legislators could engage in casual conversation about the legislative year ahead.
The annual tour concluded with many cities conducting meetings with their legislators on Wednesday, January 9. CCCA would like to thank everyone who attended this year's legislative tour. We expect to see a lot of legislation that will impact our communities and we are prepared to continue our dialogue with bill authors. This year's SLOT highlights the deep and diverse discussions forming in the state legislature that will have profound implications for local governments. Member cities are highly encouraged to remain engaged in the policy discussion, especially when the Legislative Committee considers action in the coming months.
Lastly, I want to congratulate more than 50 newly elected councilmembers, city treasurers, and city clerks for their election this past November from across the CCCA membership. I hope you will lend your leadership and perspectives to CCCA as we advocate and strengthen local control. I hope everyone will join me in recognizing these new leaders at our upcoming events as we introduce them to the CCCA family. 
Jorge Morales
President, California Contract Cities Association
Vice Mayor, City of South Gate 
Los Angeles County Advocacy Day

Building upon the success of the Sacramento Legislative Tour, CCCA will be hosting its inaugural Los Angeles County Local Advocacy Day to meet with members of the Board of Supervisors, department heads, and other county agencies to discuss updates on county-wide issues and county-contract services. The following agencies will be invited to participate: Animal Control, Fire, Sheriff's, Chief Executive Office, LAHSA, and Public Works. Please save the date and more details to come!
Governor's FY 2019-2020 Budget Proposal
On January 10, Governor Newsom released the FY 2019-20 Budget Proposal, which includes $144 billion in general fund spending and proposes policy augmentation in several areas:

Housing and Community Development
  • Governor proposes changes to Regional Housing Needs Assessment (RHNA) that would grant HCD additional oversight and enforcement with housing element implementation on local governments.
  •  $750 million in one-time funding to increase housing production and provide technical assistance to local governments, such as streamlining housing approvals, permitting, and rezoning for density.
  •  $500 million one-time funding for the development of moderate-income housing, and an additional $500 million to existing housing tax credit program for new construction projects that targets households earning between 60 to 80 percent of area median income.
  • Streamlines construction approval for affordable housing developers to develop on excess state property, without approval from local governments, while receiving low-cost, long-term ground leases.
  • Changes to Enhanced Infrastructure Finance Districts (EIFD) include  the removal of 55 percent voter approval threshold to issue debt. The Governor in his press conference believes EIFDs are sufficient replacements to redevelopment agencies and will work to lower barriers for cities to raise capital.
Transportation and Infrastructure
  • $600 million for cities and $600 million for counties to repair local streets and roads.
  • The Governor also noted possible changes to statute that would link transportation (SB 1) funding to housing production goals.
  • Allocates $500 million in one-time funding for emergency shelters, navigation centers or supportive housing.
  • Expedites CEQA streamlining and review of homeless shelters, similar to sports stadiums.
Emergency Services
  • Additional $173 million for mutual aid to support existing Cal Office of Emergency Services and local government, including:
    • 9-1-1 advancements
    • Broadband Communication;
    • California Earthquake Early Warning System; and
    • Public Education for a statewide education campaign on disaster preparedness.
Public Safety
  • $14.9 million to restore Commission on Peace Officer and Standards Training.
  • $20 million from General Fund for a one-time augmentation for use of force and de-escalation training and engaging individuals with mental health episodes.
CCCA Hosts Reception for Sheriff Alex Villanueva
Two weeks after newly elected Sheriff Alex Villanueva was sworn-in, CCCA hosted a special meet-and-greet reception for the Sheriff and his new patrol division commanders. The Sheriff went over several issue areas he and his staff are currently working to address, including vacancy issues, recruitment, deployment of body cameras, and allowing cities to select their next "police chief." The Sheriff in his remarks said, "We are your police department; we are here to serve you."
All Cities Holiday Reception
In December, CCCA co-hosted the All Cities Reception with the LA Division of the League of California Cities at the Los Angeles Union Station Ticket Concourse. Over 200 city members and associate members attended the holiday reception, including Sheriff Alex Villanueva. Sheriff Villanueva shared a few words about his priorities for the upcoming year and looks forward to working with member cities.
CCCA also honored one of its outgoing members, Counci lmember Lou La Monte of Malibu, for his work on behalf of cities. Councilmember La Monte championed AB 3162, a bill signed into law that provides greater accountability measures to drug and alcohol rehabilitation facilities, including restricting treatment at the licensed facility. CCCA President Morales presented Councilmember La Monte a signed copy of AB 3162 from Governor Brown.
Associate Members



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Upcoming Events
January 16, 2019
Board of Directors Meeting
Banc of California Stadium 

January 24, 2019
City Managers Meeting  
Monterey Hill Restaurant  
March 14, 2019
LA County Hall of Admin 
Member Highlight

Karen Farrer
Mayor Pro Tem

Karen Farrer was recently elected to the Malibu City Council in November 2018. She has served the Malibu community for more than 25 years. A three-time PTA president and Advocates for Malibu Public Schools (AMPS) Co-Founder, Karen has championed Malibu Public Schools as a leading voice in the effort to establish an independent Malibu School District. Karen is a graduate of UCLA and has lived in Malibu for 40 years with her husband Cameron. Karen and Cameron have three children - Bridgette, Reed, and Gabby, and are anxiously awaiting the arrival of their first grandchild later this year.
Associate Member Highlight
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