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2021 City Attorneys Spring Conference starts this week!

April 28, 2021
The Spring Conference has a rich tradition of excellence in providing California city attorneys with education on the latest municipal law issues along with opportunities for connecting with colleagues from across the state.

Tomorrow is the deadline to submit your innovative city program for a Helen Putnam Award for Excellence!

April 7, 2021
Each year, the League of California Cities honors outstanding work in member cities throughout the state through the Helen Putnam Award for Excellence. 

Join us for week two of the Planning Commissioners Academy!

March 30, 2021
Planning commissioners, city planning directors, and associated staff are invited to attend four days of educational sessions and opportunities to connect with peers at the virtual 2021 Planning Commissioners Academy taking place March 25, 26, 31, and April 1. 

Still time to register for the 2021 Public Works Officers Institute

March 10, 2021
This must-attend event will feature the latest developments in public works, legislative updates, peer-to-peer networking, and more.

Cal Cities supports state relief package for working families, students, and businesses; urges state aid for cities

February 24, 2021
On Tuesday, Feb. 23, Gov. Gavin Newsom signed a legislative package providing urgent relief to Californians experiencing pandemic hardship, including $600 stimulus checks to low-wage earners and $2 billion for small business grants.

Cal Cities President testifies at Senate hearing on homelessness in California

February 24, 2021
League of California Cities President and El Centro Mayor Cheryl Viegas Walker testified today before a joint state Senate hearing to share the city of El Centro’s experiences providing support for residents experiencing homelessness during the pandemic.

Cal Cities Public Safety Task Force work underway with kickoff meeting

February 24, 2021
The newly launched League of California Cities Public Safety Task Force kicked off its first meeting on Thursday, Feb. 18, and featured a robust conversation on Cal Cities’ path forward on police reform policies.

Cal Cities weekly COVID-19 update: Feb. 18-24

February 24, 2021
The U.S. House of Representatives is moving quickly to advance an emergency relief bill that would provide direct and flexible funding for state and local governments. 

Cal Cities delivers in first board meeting of 2021 with bill positions, new initiatives, swearing in of new members, and a conversation with Gov. Gavin Newsom

February 17, 2021
The League of California Cities Board of Directors gathered virtually for a two-day meeting last week to review progress on Cal Cities’ 2021 Strategic Advocacy Priorities and Strategic Growth Plan goals, learn about new organization initiatives, vote on policy positions, and discuss with the Governor pressing issues facing California’s cities.

Solid waste and recycling costs on the rise in California

February 17, 2021
Cal Cities recently surveyed cities on solid waste and recycling rates to understand if rates are on the rise, by how much, and what is driving these cost increases. 

​Cal Cities-sponsored bond agency issues more than $35.5 million in tax-exempt bonds for affordable housing in Santa Ana

February 17, 2021
New affordable housing for low-income residents in the City of Santa Ana will be constructed with funding from the issuance of $35.5 million in tax-exempt and taxable multi-family affordable housing bonds through the California Statewide Communities Development Authority (CSCDA).

Cal Cities weekly COVID-19 update: Feb. 11-17

February 17, 2021
On Feb. 12, the U.S House Oversight and Reform Committee passed a legislative proposal that includes $350 billion in emergency relief for state and local governments. 

Cal Cities opposes unless amended legislation seeking to increase density in single-family zoned neighborhoods without respect to locally adopted housing plans

February 17, 2021
The League of California Cities Board of Directors voted during their meeting Friday to take an oppose unless amended position on SB 9 (Atkins), which would require a local government to ministerially approve a housing development containing two residential units in single-family residential zones. 

Cal Cities launches Public Safety Task Force to inform advocacy efforts around police reform

February 17, 2021
In response to the growing sense of urgency for cities around issues involving public safety and policing reform, the League of California Cities board directed staff at its December meeting to establish a group of local officials to develop recommendations that will help inform and guide Cal Cities’ advocacy efforts at the state level. 

​Funding rollout of eviction protections and State Rental Assistance Program

February 10, 2021
Just days before the existing eviction moratorium was set to expire, the state extended the COVID-19 Tenant Relief Act – SB 91 on Jan. 29, 2021. The measure was passed with urgency and went into effect immediately upon signature.

Renewed commitment to transportation infrastructure urged by ‘Fix Our Roads’ Coalition

February 10, 2021
The League of California Cities joined fellow members of the Fix Our Roads Coalition and submitted a letter last week to the newly-appointed chairs of the state Senate and Assembly Transportation Committees.

​Coalition seeks urgent changes to Beverage Container Recycling Program to increase convenience of consumer redemption opportunities

February 10, 2021
The League of California Cities, the Rural County Representatives of California (RCRC), the Rural Counties’ Environmental Services Joint Powers Authority (ESJPA), and the California State Association of Counties (CSAC) submitted a letter to the Legislature this week urging prompt action to make several urgent changes to the Beverage Container Recycling Program to address the lack of convenient redemption opportunities in many parts of the state.

Cal Cities-sponsored bond agency issues $181 million in tax-exempt bonds for Anaheim project through new workforce housing funding program

February 10, 2021
Affordable housing properties have been acquired for middle-income residents in the city of Anaheim from the issuance of more than $181 million in tax-exempt Essential Housing Revenue Bonds through the California Statewide Communities Development Authority (CSCDA).

Cal Cities weekly COVID-19 update: Feb. 4-10

February 10, 2021
Some good news for cities out of Washington, D.C.!

The 2020 City Managers Conference was packed with virtual learning for California city officials

February 10, 2021
Last week, 380 California city managers convened for a League of California Cities premier annual event — the City Managers Conference. 
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