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League Weekly COVID-19 Update: July 9-15

July 15, 2020
All California cities have submitted their application to the Department of Finance (DOF) to receive their CARES Act allocation!
The League held a webinar July 14, with Kristin Shelton, Chief of the Research and Analysis Unit from DOF, to discuss CARES Act eligible expenses and reporting requirements and give cities the opportunity to ask questions about the funding requirements. The webinar slides are can be found here.
Gov. Gavin Newsom announced a statewide closure of indoor operations for several sectors of the economy, including dine-in restaurants, bars and breweries, wineries and tasting rooms, movie theaters, family entertainment centers, zoos, museums, and cardrooms. For counties on the County Monitoring List for three consecutive days, additional closures are required for indoor operations including fitness centers, places of worship, indoor protests, offices for non-critical infrastructure sectors, personal care services, hair salons and barbershops, and malls. Additionally, as of July 13, the county attestation process has been paused and no further county attestations will be accepted until further notice.

On July 9, the Governor highlighted the work being done to address the upcoming wildfire season. He spoke to the additional resources allocated to Cal Fire, outlined the protocol changes that will occur in the event of an evacuation, explained the steps that are being taken to ensure the safety of the public and first responders during wildfire season, and detailed the impact on sheltering during the COVID-19 pandemic.  
Senate President pro Tempore Toni G. Atkins (D-San Diego) and Assembly Speaker Anthony Rendon (D-Lakewood) issued a joint statement announcing an amended Legislative session return date from July 13 to July 27, due to Capitol staff and multiple lawmakers testing positive for COVID-19. The League will continue to provide updates as received. The Legislature must adjourn by Aug. 31, so this will create additional pressure on the Legislature’s schedule to conduct its business.
Cal OES announced that the Great Plates Delivered senior food program has been extended another 30 days to Aug. 9.
Below is a brief recap of recent and ongoing significant COVID-19 developments.
State Updates Federal Updates
The National League of Cities (NLC) worked with Rep. John Katko (R-NY) on a “Dear Colleague” letter to get House Republicans to sign on in support of additional budget aid for all local governments. While Rep. Katko’s letter does not endorse a particular bill, it urges support for a set of principles developed in close coordination with NLC to provide fair and equitable funding to each and every county and municipal government. The League is working with NLC to conduct in-district meetings with congressional members while they are in their district over the next few weeks. To learn more about meetings in your district, please contact, your Regional Public Affairs Manager.
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