In setting the League of California Cities annual strategic advocacy priorities, cities remain committed to resiliency, response, and recovery to strengthen our cities and move our communities forward. We stand ready to work collaboratively with the state and federal governments and other stakeholders to accomplish our strategic advocacy priorities in 2021.
2021 State Action Agenda
1. Secure state and federal funding for local COVID-19 public health response and economic recovery for all. Secure direct and flexible funding and resources for cities of all sizes so they can continue to protect residents from the pandemic, deliver essential services, support small businesses, and lead the recovery in our communities. Improve communication and coordination with regional, state, and federal governments on public health orders and programs to stimulate equitable economic recovery.
2. Secure funding to increase the supply and affordability of housing and resources to assist individuals at risk of – or already experiencing – homelessness while preserving local decision making. Secure additional resources to increase construction of housing, particularly affordable housing, workforce housing, and permanent supportive housing, and ensure cities retain flexibility based on the land use needs of each community. Increase flexibility and resources to provide navigation assistance and emergency shelters, and strengthen partnerships and collaboration with stakeholders to ensure mental health, substance abuse treatment, and wraparound services are available for adults and youth at risk of – or already experiencing – homelessness in our communities.
Cal Cities also advocates for cities’ interests at the federal level. At the December 2020 board meeting, members voted to pursue the same agenda at the state and federal level.
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.
- State Water Resources Control Board Proposed Statewide Construction Stormwater General Permit – Coalition Letter (August 13, 2021)
- Proposed Phase 1 Decision Revising Electric Rule 20 and Enhancing Program Oversight (April 27, 2021)
- California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC) Rule 20 Rulemaking Letter (October, 10, 2020)
- CalRecycle Proposed 1383 Regulations Letter (May 17, 2020)
- SB 1383 - Fourth Round League Comments (May 13, 2020)
- SB 1383 - Local Services Rates Analysis Comment Letter (February 14, 2020)
- California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC) Rule 20 Rulemaking Letter (April 20, 2020)
- SB 1383 Proposed Regulation Released June 2019 (July 16, 2019)
- SB 1383 - Third Round Cal Cities Comments (October 11, 2019)
- SB 1383 - Second Round Cal Cities Comments (July 16, 2019)
- SB 1383 - Coalition Comments (June 27, 2019)
- SB 1383 - First Round Cal Cities Comments (February 13, 2019)
- SB 1383 - Cal Cities Comments - (May 16, 2018)
Housing, Community, and Economic Development
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
Laws affecting cities are made in the courts, as well as in the Legislature. Consequently, Cal Cities advocacy efforts extend to the appellate courts. The organization weighs in on legal issues where its participation is likely to help advance the legal interests of all California cities. Learn more about our Legal Advocacy efforts.