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Guide to Local Recovery Update: July 21 

Cal Cities’ strong support of SB 156 paid off, with Governor Newsom signing the historic broadband legislation on Tuesday. The bill prioritizes equitable digital access to underserved and unserved communities. Additionally, Cal Cities submitted comments to the U.S. Department of the Treasury about its Coronavirus Local Fiscal Recovery Fund Interim Final Rule. The Treasury Department also made several updates to the Interim Final Rule, which are available on its website.

Recovery Funding: What you Need to Know


American Rescue Plan Overview
H.R. 1319, the American Rescue Plan Act, is a historic Act signed into law on March 11, 2021, delivering $65 billion of direct and flexible aid to cities and towns across the nation, including $8 billion for our cities here in California. Cal Cities worked hard alongside our city leaders and local government associations across the country to secure this much-needed relief for our communities. More information about the Coronavirus State and Local Fiscal Recovery Funds can be found on the U.S. Department of the Treasury website. Read the Cal Cities summary of what this relief means for California's cities.
City Allocations
The Treasury Department allocated $7 billion to 191 metropolitan cities (generally with populations larger than 50,000) in California. See the allocation by metropolitan city. Cities and towns that serve populations under 50,000, and did not receive a direct allocation from the U.S. Treasury, are eligible to receive funds through the state. The California Department of Finance has prepared initial allocations for  291 eligible cities and towns.  See the allocations by small city. See city-by-city allocations for the entire country.
How to Request Funding and Eligible Expenses
Guide to Local Recovery Webinars

Upcoming Webinars - Coming soon.

 Past Webinars

  • June 9: American Rescue Plan Funding for Non-Entitlement Cities: What You Need to Know - League of California Cities (Webinar video) (Webinar slides)
  • May 25: Reopening Senior Center and Community Center Facilities - League of California Cities (Webinar  video) (Webinar slides)
  • May 19: Coronavirus State and Local Fiscal Recovery Funds: U.S. Department of the Treasury Guidance - League of California Cities (Webinar video) (Webinar slides)
  • May 12-13: Legislative Action Days - Cal Cities staff will provide the latest on the State Budget ahead of the Governor’s May Revise budget release and an overview of the U.S. Department of Treasury guidance for American Rescue Plan funds​.
    • Legislative Action Days – Day 1 (Webinar video) (Webinar slides)
    • Legislative Action Days – Day 2 (Webinar video) (Webinar slides)
  • April 28: FEMA 100 percent reimbursements: Discussion on eligible costs and programs - League of California Cities (Webinar video) (Webinar slides)
  • April 21: FEMA reimbursement guidance for Project Roomkey: housing and homelessness - League of California Cities (Reimbursement guidance) (Webinar video) (Webinar slides)
  • April 14: A conversation with the U.S. Department of Treasury on implementation of the American Rescue Plan - League of California Cities (Webinar video) (Webinar slides)
  • March 16: The American Rescue Plan: What’s In It For Cities - League of California Cities (Webinar video) (Webinar slides)
  • March 10: CARES Act Dollars: Guidance by Department of Finance on City Monitoring Requirements and Next Steps - League of California Cities (Webinar video) (Webinar slides)
  • Feb. 17: How public-private partnerships aid COVID-19 vaccine distribution - National League of Cities
  • Jan. 28: How cities can ensure equity in the second round of the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP)  - National League of Cities
  • Oct. 21: Webinar: Short-Term Rentals, Long-Term Solutions: Trends and Best Practices for Regulating STRs - League of California Cities Partner, Expedia Group (Webinar slides) (Webinar video)
  • Oct. 5: CARES Act Dollars: Guidance by Department of Finance on Cycle 2 Reporting - League of California Cities (Webinar slides) (Webinar video) (Webinar Q&A)
  • Oct. 2: Webinar: COVID’s Impact on Local Elections — Democratic processes don’t stop during pandemics! – Institute for Local Government
  • Oct. 1: Webinar: Fiscal Matters & Labor Negotiations: Practical Solutions for Public Agencies during COVID-19 - Institute for Local Government
  • Sept. 23: Planning for the Next Normal at Work: Providing a Healthy Workplace - League of California Cities Partner, Kaiser Permanente (Webinar slides)
  • Sept. 17: U.S. Mayors Roundtable: Our Fight to Economic Recovery - National League of Cities
  • Sept. 14: Strengthening City & Health System Partnerships: A New Community of Practice - National League of Cities
  • Sept. 14: Municipal Bond Market Update: What Elected Officials Need to Know to Protect Their Cities’ Finances - National League of Cities
  • Sept. 10: Grant Funding in the Time of COVID-19. Response and Recovery - National League of Cities
  • Sept. 3: Tools to Assess and Support Local Housing Needs through Landlord Engagement - National League of Cities
  • Sept. 1: HCD Program Technical Assistance Tools - Institute for Local Government (Webinar video and slides)
  • Aug. 28: CARES Act Dollars - Guidance by CA Dept. of Finance on Reporting and Web Portal - League of California Cities (Webinar video) (Webinar slides)
  • Aug. 25: Phased Reopening - State and Local Code Enforcement Issues and Related First Amendment Challenges - League of California Cities (Webinar video) (Webinar slides)
  • Aug. 13: City Fiscal Conditions Report Release Event - National League of Cities
  • ​Aug. 5: Reopening in the Fall: City & University Collaboration amid the COVID-19 Pandemic
  • July 30: City Strategies to Support Homeless & At-Risk Residents in light of COVID-19. – National League of Cities
  • July 29: Tips and Tools to Engage Your Community in a Digital Environment - Institute for Local Government (Webinar video and slides)
  • July 28: Early Childhood Municipal Policy 101 Webinar Embedding Equity in How Your City Does Business – National League of Cities
  • July 24: Department of Housing and Community Development Homekey NOFA and application process - California Department of Housing and Community Development
  • July 23: Cities Addressing Food Insecurity During COVID-19 and Beyond - National League of Cities
  • July 21: CalPERS and Employers: Fiscal Year Returns, Cost Impacts and Our Path Forward - CalPERS
  • July 20: Addressing the Basic Needs of Postsecondary Students: New Community of Practice - National League of Cities
  • July 16: Cities at a Crossroad: Charting a New Economic Course During COVID - National League of Cities and TIP Strategies
  • July 15: Preparing vulnerable Californians for natural disasters - Institute for Local Government in partnership with the Governor’s Listos California Emergency Preparedness Campaign (Webinar video and slides)
  • July 14: CARES Act Dollars - Guidance by CA Dept. of Finance on Eligible Expenses and Reporting - League of California Cities (Webinar video) (Webinar slides)
  • July 9: Resetting the Local Economy after COVID-19 - Institute for Local Government (Webinar video and slides)
  • July 8: HUD Grants on the Ground: Lessons Learned from Learning Lab Cities - National League of Cities
  • July 7: How to Access COVID-19 Response Funds Through Community Development Block Grants - League of California Cities (Webinar video) (Webinar slides)
  • June 30: Impacts of COVID-19 and Public Safety on Children: “All Children Thrive” is Part of the Solution – League of California Cities (Webinar video) (Webinar slides)
  • June 29: TELE-TOWNHALL | Taking Care of Your Workforce: How Local Government Leaders Can Support Employees Through COVID-19 - National League of Cities
  • June 25: Keeping Families Housed: How Cities Can Help Renters Navigate the Eviction Cliff - National League of Cities
  • June 24:  A Carbon Neutral Future for Cities: The Way Forward After COVID-19 - National League of Cities
  • June 23: Impacts on Sales Taxes During COVID-19: A California Department of Tax and Fee Administration Update - League of California Cities (Webinar video) (Webinar slides)
  • June 18: Reframing the Local Planning Process - Tips and Tools to Help Local Planning Departments Weather the COVID Crisis - Institute for Local Government (Webinar video and slides)
  • June 17:  Health Data for COVID Recovery Decision-Making – A Snapshot of Anthem's C19 Explorer Tool - Institute for Local Government (Webinar video and slides)
  • June 16: Stimulating Economic Development in Your City - League of California Cities (Webinar video) (Webinar slides)
  • June 11: Rethinking Economic Development - League of California Cities (Webinar video) (Webinar slides)
  • June 9: After the Emergency: Navigating the FEMA Reimbursement Process - League of California Cities (Webinar video) (Webinar slides)
  • June 4: Reimagined in America: What Can The World Teach Us About Building a Culture of Health - National League of Cities
  • June 4: Taking Care of Your City: Addressing the Psychological Impact of COVID-19 - National League of Cities
  • June 3: How Public and Non-Profit Partners Can Aid Retail Recovery - National League of Cities
  • June 3: Re-Opening Our Cities Using a Dimmer Switch Approach and Strategic Financial Practices - National League of Cities
  • May 28: Resilient Cities: Adaptation and Municipal Financing in the Era of COVID-19 - National League of Cities
  • May 28: COVID-19 and Domestic Violence - National League of Cities
  • May 28: Taking Care of Yourself: Self-Care Strategies for Effective Leadership During COVID-19 - National League of Cities
  • May 27: The New Workplace during COVID-19 Pandemic - League of California Cities (Webinar video) (Webinar slides)
  • May 27: What is an “Essential Service” in a Post-COVID World? How The Right Data Can Help Drive Local Gov’t Decision Making - Institute for Local Government (Webinar video and slides)
  • May 27: The Essential Home: Solutions for Local Governments - National League of Cities
  • May 26: Reopening California Cities' Parks & Rec - League of California Cities  (Webinar video) (Webinar slides)
  • May 21: Planning for a (Really) Uncertain Future - City Finances During/After the Pandemic - League of California Cities (Webinar MP4 video download) (Webinar slides)
  • May 20: Upcoming Rural Digital Opportunity Fund Information - Federal Communication Commission
  • May 19: How Cities Are Leading with Urgency to Address the Intersections of Justice Reform and Housing in Response to COVID-19 - National League of Cities
  • May 18: Briefing from the White House - League of California Cities (Webinar MP4 video download)
  • May 14: What Now? Reopening City Operations - League of California Cities (Webinar MP4 video download) (Webinar slides)
  • May 12: Keeping Resort Towns Afloat - Managing Revenue Shortages and Tourism Messaging During COVID-19 - Hosted by the League of California Cities (Webinar video) (Webinar slides)
  • May 12: Covid-19: Doubling Down on an Equitable and Resilient Recovery - National League of Cities
  • ​May 7: Do More With Available Grant Funding to Help Meet Your Housing Needs - League of California Cities (Webinar MP4 video download) (Webinar slides)
  • May 7: How Cities Can Combat the COVID-19 Housing Crisis with Rental Assistance - Hosted by the National League of Cities
  • May 7: FPPC Law and Policy Committee to discuss issues relating to behested payments and solicit feedback and public comment - Hosted by the Fair Political Practices Commission
  • May 5: COVID-19 Webinar Series: How CalPERS is Responding to the Pandemic - League of California Cities (Webinar slides)
  • April 30: COVID-19 Webinar Series: Meeting the Needs of Community Members - Connecting Citizens with Resources & Volunteers - League of California Cities (Webinar MP4 video download)
  • April 29: Financial Uncertainty During COVID-19: Budget Forecasting & Financial Tips for Local Government Leaders - Institute for Local Government (Webinar video and slides)
  • April 24: COVID-19 Update & Fiscal Impact on California Cities - League of California Cities (Webinar MP4 video download) (Webinar slides)
  • April 23: COVID-19 Webinar Series: Small Cities/Big Impacts - How Small Cities are Supporting Their Communities - League of California Cities (Webinar MP4 video download) (Webinar slides)
  • April 23: City Leaders Supporting Access to Nature During the Pandemic - National League of Cities
  • April 21: COVID-19 Webinar Series: Municipal Utilities - Serving Residents Through the Pandemic - League of California Cities (Webinar MP4 video download) (Webinar slides)
  • April 21: Preparing for the Day After: How Micromobility Can Get Communities Moving Post-COVID-19 - National League of Cities
  • April 16: COVID-19 Webinar Series: City Finances - Revenue Sources, Timing & Where to Look for Help - League of California Cities (Webinar slides)
  • April 16: Stigma Towards Asian Americans in the Time of a Pandemic - League of California Cities API Caucus
  • April 15: During the Coronavirus Outbreak: Investing in Neighborhoods Where Young Children and Families Thrive - National League of Cities
  • April 14: Tools for Virtual Meetings - League of California Cities (Webinar MP4 video download)
  • April 9: COVID-19: How Local Leaders Can Support Individuals Experiencing Unsheltered Homelessness - National League of Cities
  • April 9: Emergency Orders/Declaration: How and Why - League of California Cities (Webinar MP4 video download)
  • April 8: (CalPERS) Webinar on CalPERS fund update - League of California Cities (Webinar slides)
  • April 7: Stopping Loitering in City Parks - League of California Cities (Webinar slides)
  • April 7: Staying Connected – Tips and Tactics for Effective External Communication Despite Social Distance - Institute for Local Government (Webinar video and slides)
  • April 2:  Managing Human Resources During a Public Health Crisis - Institute for Local Government (Webinar slides)
  • April 1: Transparency, Public Access & Trust: Keeping Local Government Open Through Social Distancing - Institute for Local Government
  • March 31: CARES Act Briefing with the National League of Cities  - League of California Cities (Webinar MP4 video download)  (Webinar slides)
Other COVID-19 Economic Relief Programs
  • U.S. Department of the Treasury has dedicated webpages to COVID-19 economic relief, programs, and assistance for state, local, and tribal governments.
  • The California COVID-19 Rent Relief program has funds to distribute, and is urging California city governments to share this resource with impacted individuals in their communities.
  • The U.S. Department of Transportation published a Notice of Funding Opportunity to apply for $1 billion in Fiscal Year (FY) 2021 discretionary grant funding through the Rebuilding American Infrastructure with Sustainability and Equity (RAISE) grants.

 

 

 

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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.

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

There’s still work to be done to ensure our cities not only survive, but thrive. Check out our Support Local Recovery page to see how you can get involved.