As local leaders chart their city’s roadmap to recovery,
rebuilding public trust must be as important a priority as
rebuilding our local economies. Leaders at every level of
government must do their part to address the pervasive loss of
trust that is on the brink of bankruptcy. As the level of
government closest to those whom they serve, local leaders are
uniquely positioned to be the laboratories for trust-building.
This month’s issue of Western City magazine features
real-world experiences, resources, and best practices that can
As city leaders worked around the clock to lead their communities
through a global pandemic, they also dealt with devastating
budget shortfalls that forced cuts in local services and delays
in much-needed infrastructure projects. However, we are beginning
to see light at the end of the tunnel. The supply of vaccine
doses is growing, eligibility is expanding, and assistance for
cities in the recently enacted American Rescue Plan is on the
way. Cities will now have resources to begin to recover and
rebuild from the pandemic.
While our local leaders have lofty aspirations for an equitable
recovery, they also recognize that our hopes and dreams cannot be
accomplished without a strong local-state-federal partnership.
2021 will be a year when we will need to fight for our cities
more than ever before. Working side by side with the
inspiring local officials leading our communities, the League of
California Cities remains committed to helping cities meet these
challenges head on in 2021.
The powerful foundation that Western City has built over the last
century positions the magazine perfectly to transform and evolve
into a new version of itself that will inspire its audience in
We are committed to supporting city leaders to secure the
resources necessary to create an environment where all residents
are protected and treated equitably by the institutions created
to serve them.
The League board of directors, joined by leaders from each of the
League’s divisions, departments, policy committees and diversity
caucuses, convened in early December to reflect on city
accomplishments in 2019, discuss current challenges and establish
the League strategic priorities for 2020.