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Message from League Executive Director Carolyn Coleman on Coronavirus Response

March 20, 2020
Dear California city leaders,

During this unprecedented public health crisis, I want to update you on actions the League is taking to support you and to help slow the spread of COVID-19.
The League is partnering with the Governor’s Office, the California Office of Emergency Services (Cal OES), the California Department of Public Health (CDPH) and other state and federal agencies and partners to get real time information to help you make decisions for your communities. Updates are being sent directly to mayors, council members, city managers, and division presidents for further dissemination. We also continue to advocate for resources for cities and executive action to ensure the continuity of local government operations during this crisis. 
The League launched a dedicated COVID-19 response webpage with resources for cities. You will find updates on the latest news, resources, and guidance from public health officials, the state, and the federal government specifically curated to help local leaders navigate the current situation and serve their residents. This resource is updated daily. If you have questions related to COVID-19, please send them to covid-19@cacities.org.    
The League has canceled, modified or postponed in-person events through the end of April and is assessing all others. Our goal in making these changes is to reduce the risk to our members and staff of contracting the virus or inadvertently contributing to the spread of it. We also understand the importance of city leaders being visible and present in their communities during a crisis. Currently, all other scheduled League events and conferences are moving forward as planned but may be canceled, modified, or postponed depending on updated guidance and in consultation with local health officials. We will notify you if there are further changes. For the status of division meetings or events, please contact your Regional Public Affairs Manager
Earlier this week, the League implemented teleworking organization-wide and closed the office building. We made this decision out of an abundance of caution for the health of our League family and to embrace social distancing. While the way we serve you may be different, you can be certain that we will continue to be a resource to you. Please continue to contact us by email or phone and we’ll respond quickly. 
More than ever, your residents, and state and federal governments, are looking to cities to lead in navigating through this crisis, and with your leadership, cities will get the job done. In the coming days, please be on the lookout for additional resources designed to support you in making informed decisions for your communities. Thank you for your leadership and for guiding our communities safely and responsibly. Please take good care of yourselves and each other.


Carolyn M. Coleman
Executive Director
League of California Cities

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