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The League of California Cities Response to Coronavirus - A Message from Executive Director Carolyn Coleman

March 13, 2020
City Leaders,

As the situation around novel coronavirus (COVID-19) continues to rapidly evolve, we want you to know that the health and safety of the League community are top priorities. I’m grateful to the city officials who are working diligently with League staff to help all of us respond to the crisis. 

We remain in direct communication with Governor Newsom’s Office, the California Office of Emergency Services, the California Department of Public Health, as well as federal agencies and local health agencies, and based on their guidance, we are taking action to help city leaders protect their communities, and to protect our employees and maintain League operations.

As you may already know, we have created an online COVID-19 resource curated specifically for local officials, which is updated on a daily basis and includes yesterday’s executive order by Governor Newsom to further enhance state and local government’s ability to respond to COVID-19. Among other items, the order “Allows local or state legislative bodies to hold meetings via teleconference and to make meetings accessible electronically.” The full executive order can be found here. Item #11 in the executive order also addresses suspension of certain Brown Act rules.    
Status of League Events:

Based on current guidance from the Governor’s Office and state health officials, and with the concurrence of President Dunbar, we have decided to cancel the Public Works Officers Institute & Expo scheduled March 18-20 in Monterey. In addition, the Policy Committees scheduled to meet in person April 2-3 in Anaheim will be rescheduled and conducted via webinar technology.  We will be in touch with committee members next week with details on how we will proceed with these important meetings and regret any inconvenience these changes may cause you.  Our goal in making these changes is to reduce the risk of inadvertently contributing to the spread of the coronavirus. 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, please contact your Regional Public Affairs Manager

We understand what a difficult time this is for local leaders throughout the state who are on the front lines of responding to the coronavirus pandemic and want you to know you can count on the League to support you. Please contact Meghan McKelvey, Manager of Department and Member Services, with any questions you may have.

Thank you for all you are doing to keep your towns and cities safe and please stay safe yourselves. Our communities need you.


Carolyn M. Coleman
Executive Director
League of California Cities

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