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Cal Cities weekly COVID-19 update: Jan. 21-27

January 27, 2021
Today, League of California Cities Executive Director and CEO Carolyn Coleman sent a letter to legislative leadership urging them to prioritize cities in the 2021-22 State Budget, and to allocate funding for cities to support pandemic response and recovery. 
This assistance would allow cities to preserve critical jobs and services that help our families, small businesses, and communities recover from this pandemic.

Officials within the California Dept. of Public Health ended the regional stay-at-home order on Jan. 25, lifting the order for all regions statewide. All counties have returned to the rules and framework of the Blueprint for a Safer Economy, and color-coded tiers that indicate which activities and businesses are open based on local case rates and test positivity.  

State legislators and Gov. Gavin Newsom announced a deal on Jan. 25 that would allocate $2.6 billion in federal aid to help pay off accumulated debts and extend the statewide eviction moratorium through June 30, 2021.

Cal Cities joined a coalition of counties, special districts, and schools to urge Gov. Gavin Newsom to retain the April 10 deadline for property tax payments. Upholding the payment deadline is critical for the continuity of local government services.

On Jan. 21, the White House announced an extension of federal COVID-19 support to states and local governments, directing the Federal Emergency Management Agency to increase their reimbursement levels from 75 percent to 100 percent for expenses through Sept. 30, 2021.

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