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Cal Cities weekly COVID-19 update: March 4-10

March 10, 2021
This morning, the U.S. House of Representatives just passed H.R. 1319, the American Rescue Plan Act which includes $65 billion in direct and flexible funding for every city in America.
The relief bill is now on its way to the President’s desk for signature and he is expected to sign H. R. 1319 on Friday, March 12. Immediately following the passage of the relief package, Cal Cities Executive Director and CEO Carolyn Coleman released a statement applauding the House for their vote. For a full update on the relief package and next steps, read this Cal Cities Advocate article.
On March 5, Cal Cities Executive Director and CEO sent a letter to Gov. Gavin Newsom urging him to allocate funding from the state’s budget windfall to cities to ensure they can be a strong recovery partner and not a drag on the state’s economic recovery from this pandemic.
On March 4, the Governor signed an executive order extending authorization for local governments to halt evictions for commercial renters impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic through June 30, 2021. The order also extends protections against price gouging for emergency supplies and medical supplies amid the ongoing emergency response to the pandemic.

The text of the Governor’s executive order can be found here and a copy can be found here.
State updates: For more information

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