“The League of California Cities was encouraged to see Governor Newsom’s proposed investments in his 2020-21 state budget, which include significant funding to address homelessness and wildfires, two issues that are critical to California cities.
“Our communities will benefit greatly from medical and mental health resources and emergency housing for those living on the street, as well as resources going toward fire-tracking technology and support for community resiliency.
“While the League was appreciative of the significant one-time investments in affordable housing in the 2019-20 budget, California needs a sustainable housing investment program to invest in low-income housing and incentivize development. The League is eager to work with the Administration and legislators in the coming months to achieve the housing needs around the state with long-term funding assistance by the state that matches the scale of this crisis that has been decades in the making.
“Cities work every day to streamline and improve their zoning and permitting processes. In his presentation, the Governor also addressed focusing on these areas. It will be important in any changes considered, that cities remain able to develop housing solutions built on civic engagement and community input that embrace the diversity of California cities, while working to achieve our collective housing needs.”
Established in 1898, the League of California Cities is a nonprofit statewide association that advocates for cities with the state and federal governments and provides education and training services to elected and appointed city officials.