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.
Cal Cities Delivers
Together, with our members, Cal Cities delivers major victories for cities year after year – protecting local control, securing billions of dollars in new funding, and preserving existing city resources.
bills/ballot measures passed or defeated to retain local control
in new funding for cities in the past five years
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.
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 regional divisions, 10 municipal departments, five caucuses, 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.
Learn More About Cal Cities
Cal Cities represents nearly every city and town in California.
Cal Cities by the Numbers
479 Member Cities
57 Board Members
16 Regional Divisions
10 Municipal Departments
5 Diversity Caucuses
Cal Cities staff, boards, departments, finances, committees, and divisions are governed by an extensive set of bylaws.