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League Weekly COVID-19 Update: Aug. 6-12

August 12, 2020
Last week, negotiations on a new federal stimulus package stalled between the White House, U.S. Senate, and the House of Representatives. 
On Aug. 10, the League held four virtual press conferences throughout the state to demand congressional officials return to the negotiating table and support direct and flexible funding for cities in what could be the last federal coronavirus relief package. Speakers included League President John F. Dunbar, League Past President Jan Arbuckle, League Executive Director Carolyn Coleman, local elected officials from throughout the state, and Support Local Recovery coalition members representing firefighters, businesses, and parks and recreation. 
The League and California State Association of Counties issued a joint letter to California congressional representatives to stress the critical importance of including robust and direct federal fiscal support for local governments in the next COVID-19 relief bill. The League continues to urge cities and coalition members to contact their congressional representatives about the great need for federal assistance to help with local recovery and response. 
Below is a brief recap of recent and ongoing significant COVID-19 developments.
State Updates Federal Updates

As part of our Support Local Recovery coalition, the League created a video calling on Congress to provide direct and flexible funding to cities in the next federal relief package. You can find the video on the League’s Twitter and Facebook pages. The League encourages you to help us in our advocacy efforts by liking, retweeting, and sharing this video in your social media channels.
If you or your city has not joined the Support Local Recovery coalition, please email SupportLocalRecovery@cacities.org to find out how you can get involved.
The League and National League of Cities (NLC) continue to call on Congress for direct funding to cities in the next round of federal coronavirus relief to offset billions in revenue losses from COVID-19. NLC issued an action alert and is asking city leaders to call their U.S. Senators and tell them that local communities are struggling and need federal direct aid now. The League also issued its own action alert, providing a sample letter for cities to use when calling on Congress to be included in the next COVID-19 relief package.
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