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League Weekly COVID-19 Update: July 30-Aug. 5

August 5, 2020
On July 31, the League sent a letter to the California Congressional delegation seeking support for $500 billion in direct and flexible funding to local governments. 
As noted last week, U.S. Senate Republicans released an initial proposal for the next round of federal coronavirus relief, which included zero funding for cities. The League has issued an action alert, and is asking all League and Support Local Recovery Coalition members to contact their federal legislators and urge them to fight for direct and flexible funding for cities.

The League also signed on to a letter with the California Special Districts Association, the California Association of Recreation and Park Districts, and the California Park and Recreation Society asking the California Department of Social Services for temporary waivers for childcare programs operated by recreation and park districts and departments. Currently recreation and park childcare programs are severely limited by the state's restrictions on the programs' hours of operation. With the sudden increase in demand for childcare, some recreational programs have seen a dramatic increase in demand for a safe place for their children. By expanding the hours of operation for these programs the state can help meet the urgent demand of school districts and working families.

Gov. Gavin Newsom signed an Executive Order to the deadline for county assessment appeals boards to issue a decision on pending tax assessment appeals filed on or before March 4 to January 31, 2021.

Cal OES hosted a briefing call with State Superintendent of Public Instruction Tony Thurmond and Dr. Erica Pan, California State Epidemiologist and Deputy Director for the Center for Infectious Diseases, California Department of Public Health for local, state, federal, and tribal officials and their staff to discuss distance learning and the digital divide in a COVID-19 environment. Superintendent Thurmond emphasized that when reopening the number one priority is safety. As schools reopen with distance learning it is critical that the released guidelines are followed and that schools have the proper technology to educate students. A task force has been launched to focus on closing the "Digital Divide" by ensuring all students have access to the necessary technology. 
Below is a brief recap of recent and ongoing significant COVID-19 developments.
State Updates Federal Updates
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 has 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.
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