How to Get Involved
Welcome to the League of California Cities!
Local city officials are the reason California's cities are resilient and diverse communities where our residents can live, work, and play. Cal Cities is here to help ensure you are the best city official you can be for your community.
To help you get started with Cal Cities, the resources below outline your membership benefits and how you can engage with and get the most out of your membership.
Learn More About Cal Cities
Functioning as professional societies with educational and networking opportunities, municipal departments play an essential role in forming Cal Cities policy and programs. Each department is represented on the Cal Cities’ board of directors and policy committees.
Representing virtually every city and town in California, Regional Divisions are at the core of our advocacy efforts. City officials — both elected and career — help develop region-specific programs and carry out grassroots activities that support chosen legislative, regulatory, and ballot measure goals.
Caucuses advocate for equitable state policies within Cal Cities’ internal committees and departments, ensure that the unique needs of their respective communities are responded to, and promote the advancement of officials from traditionally marginalized communities.
Composed of 61 cities located within California's coastal zone, the Coastal Cities Group (CCG) collaborates on sea level rise mitigation efforts, land use regulations, and other issues of mutual interest.
City officials actively debate, shape, and steer Cal Cities’ policy-making process and advocacy efforts. Over 400 officials collectively add their expertise and guidance to Cal Cities through one of seven policy committees.
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. Learn more about Cal Cities' core beliefs.
Stop Hate: How Local Elected Officials Can Combat Rising Hate Crimes and Hate Speech
December 6, 2023 10:00 AM-11:00 AMRegister
Whether it’s community members being targeted based on their appearance or hate speech in council chambers, it is key that local elected officials directly speak to rising hate and help lead their city’s response. Panelists will share their experiences with hate crimes and hate speech at the local level, lessons learned, and tips on how local elected officials can support their constituencies in this time of rising polarization.
Tessa Rudnick, Mayor Pro Tem, El Cerrito
Lily Mei, Mayor, Fremont
Holly Tillman, Council Member, Clayton
Kevin Wilk, Council Member, Walnut Creek
Cesar Zepeda, Council Member, Richmond
Registration must be completed by Dec. 5, 2023. This webinar is complimentary to Cal Cities Members and Cal Cities Partners. Nonmember cities and other government entities will be charged $150. Please note that registration is limited to 1,000 people.Please review Cal Cities’ event and meeting policies.
Cal Cities by the Numbers
476 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.
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.