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About Us

The League of California Cities has been shaping the Golden State’s political landscape since the association was founded in 1898. We defend and expand local control through advocacy efforts in the Legislature, at the ballot box, in the courts, and through strategic outreach that informs and educates the public, policymakers, and opinion leaders. Cal Cities also offers education and training programs designed to teach city officials about new developments in their field and exchange solutions to common challenges facing their cities.  

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Cal Cities Delivers

100 +

bills/ballot measures passed or defeated to retain local control

$13 Billion

in new funding for cities in the past five years

$8+ Billion

in Federal recovery funding in 2021


of lawsuits won protecting local control and city interests

Mission, Vision, and Beliefs

Our mission is to expand and protect local control for cities through education and advocacy to enhance the quality of life for all Californians. Our vision is to be recognized and respected as the leading advocate for the common interests of California's cities. 

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Board of Directors

The Board of Directors is responsible for the overall supervision, control, and direction of Cal Cities and consists of representatives from each of the Cal Cities 16 divisions, nine municipal departments, and mayors of California's 10 largest cities, as well as 12 elected at-large members. At least one of the at-large members must be from a city with a population under 10,000. The board also includes California city officials serving on the National League of Cities Board of Directors. Learn more about the Cal Cities Board of Directors

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Membership and Benefits

Get access to unmatched advocacy, updates about the latest policy issues, cutting-edge professional development, and more. 

Annual Report

Review Cal Cities' legislative achievements, educational programs, plans for the upcoming year, and strategic growth progress. 

2021 Action Agenda

We stand ready to work collaboratively with the state and federal governments and other stakeholders to accomplish our strategic advocacy priorities.

Members' Roadmap

New to Cal Cities or want to get the most from your membership? We’ve created a roadmap to help you get started.


Cal Cities regularly recognizes individuals and cities whose actions increase local control and the vitality of city governments.

Strategic Growth Plan

We took a candid look at the areas where we are succeeding, as well as challenges that must be addressed.

Cal Cities by the Numbers

478 Member Cities

55 Board Members

16 Regional Divisions

9 Professional Departments

5 Diversity Caucuses

Staff Directory

Need to contact a specific member of Cal Cities or department?

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Join Our Team

Help create an equitable, prosperous California for all Californians. Cal Cities offers competitive compensation.

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Cal Cities Bylaws

Cal Cities staff, boards, departments, finances, committees, and divisions are governed by an extensive set of bylaws.

FPPC Compliance

The League of California Cities is a “publicly funded nonprofit organization” for purposes of Government Code section 84222.5. This statute imposes several requirements, including posting Cal Cities’ FPPC ballot measure campaign filings on its website.