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With “safer at home” orders in effect in an attempt to flatten
the curve of COVID-19 spread, cities were on the front lines
maintaining essential services and working to protect residents
who were out of work or lost their job because of the crisis.
When early reports of infection showed California was among the
states with the highest numbers of confirmed COVID-19 cases,
local and state leaders stepped up, taking action to slow the
spread of the virus and protect vulnerable populations.
New legislation significantly expands the obligation of all
California employers to provide lactation accommodations for
employees. As a result, cities should be aware of these new
obligations to ensure their worksites are compliant.
When a public agency needs entry-level professionals and lacks
qualified candidates, what can be done? Cities and the public
sector now have a number of available options, including
apprenticeships, to consider.
When the 2019 legislative session began, Democrats had gained
historic supermajorities in the Legislature. Yet progress for the
progressive Democratic agenda was muted. And in the face of
multiple attacks on local zoning authority and other challenges,
the League and cities emerged surprisingly well.