July 22, 2016
Issue #59

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U.S. Communities Holding Summit on Aug. 4 in Bakersfield to Educate Local Government Agency Officials on Program’s Cost-Saving Benefits

Additional Summits to be held in Long Beach and Napa/Sonoma

U.S. Communities, the League of California Cities® and the California State Association of Counties sponsored government purchasing alliance, is hosting a free regional event on Aug. 4 at the Kern County Superintendent of Schools in Bakersfield to help public agencies learn how to save time and money through the U.S. Communities program.

Financial Solutions for CA Cities, Meetings and Events

Homeless Encampment Clean-Up Grant Applications Available

Grant applications are now available for CalRecycle’s Solid Waste Site Cleanup Program — funding that has been used successfully by cities to assist with the cleanup homeless encampments. Upcoming deadlines to apply for Illegal Disposal Site Abatement Grants are Aug. 2, Nov. 2 and Feb. 2.

Homelessness, Grants and Funding, Environmental Quality

California City Solutions: Hemet Develops Strategic Goals Based on Community Feedback

This story is part of an ongoing series featuring Helen Putnam Award entries. The 2015 entries are available on the League’s website as a resource for cities in a searchable database called California City Solutions. Hemet’s customer engagement and strategic management plan was submitted in 2015 for the Internal Administration award category.

CA City Solutions, Helen Putnam, Administrative Services

CalPERS Invites Nominations for its Spotlight on Excellence Award

The 2016 CalPERS’ Educational Forum is coming up in October and the nomination period is now open for the Spotlight on Excellence award.

Pensions, Action Item

CalPERS Names Marcie Frost as New Chief Executive Officer

The California Public Employees’ Retirement System (CalPERS) Board of Administration announced last week that it has named Marcie Frost as the pension fund’s new Chief Executive Officer (CEO).


Funding Opportunity: NLC’s CHAMPS Grant Helps Cities Fund After School and Summer Lunch Programs

The Institute for Local Government (ILG) and the League of California Cities® are working with National League of Cities (NLC) to provide support to cities interested in strengthening efforts to ensure youth stay healthy, engaged and on a positive developmental path.

NLC, Community Services

Economic Development, Public Safety Top Issues for Nation’s Mayors, According to National League of Cities Report

Economic Development Remains Most Critical Issue for Third Consecutive Year

For the third consecutive year, economic development remained the top issue for the nation’s mayors, according to a comprehensive analysis of mayoral state of the city speeches released today by the National League of Cities (NLC). In the 2016 State of the Cities report, which examines state of the city speeches in 100 cities representing a diverse cross section of population sizes and geographic regions, public safety replaced infrastructure as the second most-discussed issue. The state of the city speech is a mayor’s opportunity to reflect on their city’s recent accomplishments, address current challenges and present a roadmap for the future.


Submit Your Application for What Cities Work

What Works Cities (WWC) invites cities to apply to be part of a national Bloomberg Philanthropies initiative to help American cities better use data and evidence to drive decision-making and improve residents’ lives. WWC will be working with 100 cities with populations between 100,000 and 1 million people who are committed to improving the way they use data in governance and service delivery.

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