Cal Cities leadership, including President and El Centro Mayor Cheryl Viegas Walker, First Vice President and Walnut Creek Council Member Cindy Silva, Second Vice President and Artesia Council Member Ali Sajjad Taj, Immediate Past President and Yountville Mayor John F. Dunbar, and Cal Cities Executive Director and CEO Carolyn Coleman met with Senator Anthony Portantino, Assembly Member Cecilia Aguiar-Curry, Assembly Member Mike Gipson, and the office of Assembly Member Lorena Gonzalez.
Each meeting featured a robust and constructive conversation about cities’ collective need for substantial direct and flexible funding as a result of the pandemic’s impact on city budgets. Cal Cities officers shared cities’ desire to secure funding to increase the supply and affordability of housing and support unhoused residents, and stressed the importance of strengthening disaster preparedness, resiliency, and recovery as well as modernizing critical infrastructure.
Cal Cities leadership and staff will continue to meet with state legislators and their staff to advance Cal Cities’ strategic advocacy priorities in 2021.
Cal Cities policy committees hold first meetings of 2021
Cal Cities’ seven standing policy committees held their first virtual meetings of the year in late January. Over the course of two days, 370 city officials met to receive legislative and state budget updates, adopt their work plans for the year, and develop policy recommendations for the Cal Cities board to consider at their Feb. 11-12 board meeting.
Cal Cities policy committees meet at least three times annually, and committees meet as needed during the Cal Cities Annual Conference to review proposed resolutions for the General Assembly.