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Oppose SB 1116 (Portantino) Unemployment Insurance: Strikes and AB 2404 (Lee) Sympathy Strikes

SB 1116 (Portantino)
This bill will be heard in Senate Appropriations on Thursday, May 16. If you are represented by a Senator who serves on Senate Appropriations, CALL YOUR SENATOR to voice your opposition before Thursday.

AB 2404 (Lee)
This bill will be heard in Assembly Appropriations on Thursday, May 16. If you are represented by an Assembly Member who serves on Assembly Appropriations, CALL YOUR ASSEMBLY MEMBER and voice your opposition before Thursday. 

If these measures advance to the floor, ALL legislators need to hear from their cities. Please send CITY LETTERS OF OPPOSITION as soon as possible.

SB 1116 (Portantino) sample opposition letter

AB 2404 (Lee) sample opposition letter


SB 1037 (Wiener) and AB 1886 (Alvarez)

Together, these measures would unfairly subject cities acting in good faith to fines up to $50k per month for violating unspecified housing laws and encourage builder’s remedy projects that do not adhere to local zoning standards. Voice your CITY’S OPPOSITION TODAY by submitting a letter to your Senator on SB 1037 and submitting a letter to your Assembly Member on AB 1886.

SB 1037 sample opposition letter

AB 1886 sample opposition letter


Retail Theft Legislation

Fifteen bills are moving through the Legislature that will make meaningful statutory changes to address the increase in retail theft. Cal Cities has a support or support if amended position on each bill, but lawmakers need to hear from their cities on this critical issue.

Voice your SUPPORT for these bills by submitting a letter as soon as possible. These bills are moving through various parts of the legislative process, please use the links to the sample letters provided below to ensure your city’s voice is most effective.

Sample letters


AB 817 (Pacheco) Open meetings: teleconferencing

AB 817 would provide a narrow exemption under the Ralph M. Brown Act for non-decision-making legislative bodies to participate in two-way virtual teleconferencing without posting their location. By removing barriers to participate, this bill would improve equity in opportunity to serve locally and representative diversity in leadership can be achieved.

Sample support letter


State Ballot Measure Restricting Voters’ Input and Local Taxing Authority

The anti-local control California Business Roundtable measure has qualified for the November 2024 ballot. This anti-local control measure will decimate vital local and state services to the benefit of the largest and wealthiest corporations in California. Cal Cities, along with a broad coalition of local governments, labor, public safety, education, and infrastructure advocates, strongly oppose this initiative.

Make sure your city’s voice is heard by adopting a resolution opposing the harmful measure. Adopted city resolutions can be sent to BallotMeasures@calcities.org. For information about how the measure could impact your community, contact your local public affairs manager.

Contact your regional public affairs manager

Sample opposition resolution

Sample opposition letter

Regulation Comments


Cal Cities' advocacy efforts do not stop once bills are signed into law. Cal Cities' staff, members, and coalition partners work with state officials to make sure that local government interests are protected during the regulation-making process. 


Regulation Comments

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Transportation, Communications, and Public Works

Environmental Quality

Community Services

Housing, Community, and Economic Development

Cal Cities provides up-to-date information about the legislative process, lobbying, and which bills are scheduled for hearings. Hone your advocacy skills by diving into our Advocacy Tools

Cal Cities' weekly hearings update — distributed via Cal Cities Advocate — highlights upcoming legislative hearings on the bills that matter most to cities. Read the report each Wednesday. 

How to Submit a Position Letter 

  1. Visit the California Legislature Position Letter Portal to create an account and upload this letter. If you are having difficulty accessing the portal, please contact Meg Desmond
  2. In addition to submitting the letter through the portal, please send a physical copy to your Legislator(s), and email a copy to Cal Cities, as well as your Regional Public Affairs Manager.