The impacts of the killing of George Floyd by a Minneapolis
police officer and the injustices his death exemplifies are being
felt on our streets, in our businesses, and in every city and
town in California, across the country, and throughout the world.
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.
Attracting new businesses, retaining employers, and providing
opportunities for a skilled workforce are essential to fostering
a healthy economy in our cities. California cities are using
diverse approaches, programs, and tools to help support economic
development and thriving communities.
Communication and collaboration are cornerstones of the ability
to lead, and the League’s positive relationships with legislators
are key to cities’ successes in the Capitol. Cultivating open
two-way communication with our state leaders is essential to
protecting the interests of cities and our residents.
The shortage of affordable housing is a crisis for cities
statewide and the focus of a League 2019 strategic goal. The
League’s hard work on this issue was boosted by an executive
order from Governor Newsom earlier this year.
Approximately 100 League leaders participated in the goal-setting
process. This provides an opportunity for city leaders to reflect
on the prior year’s work, discuss current challenges and
establish League priorities, as the organization continues to
serve as the leading voice of California cities.