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The Governor signed an executive order today that restricts water shutoffs to homes and small businesses while the state responds to the COVID-19 pandemic. Additionally, the executive order will restore water for occupied residences that may have had their water shut off as of March 4, 2020, which is when the Governor proclaimed a state of emergency due to COVID-19.

The Department of Public Health released guidance today on the use of cloth face coverings and also has released a new dashboard as a component of their open data portal to provide a snapshot of information and data related to COVID-19.

Tomorrow, the Governor will provide an update at 12pm on the state’s emergency actions to protect Californians experiencing homelessness and the public from COVID-19.

Lastly, also attached are notes from today’s CalOES local elected briefing, the CalOES daily briefing, the National League of Cities letter to congressional leadership on the fourth stimulus package, and a congressional letter to Speaker Pelosi on smaller cities funding availability.

Tomorrow (April 3) Events and Webinars

·       12:00pm: Governor Newsom press conference (streamed at the @CAgovernor Twitter page)

Upcoming Events and Webinars

·       April 7, 11:00am to 11:30am: (League of California Cities) Stopping Loitering in City Parks

·       April 8, 10:00am to 11:30am: (CalPERS) Webinar on CalPERS fund update. (City managers, fiscal directors, and HR/administration managers encouraged to participate) Registration now available.

·       April 9, 1pm to 2:30pm: (California Transportation Commission) Local Streets and Roads Funding Program Eligibility Schedule Revisions Workshop

Governor and Administration Updates

·       Governor Newsom Issues Executive Order Protecting Homes, Small Businesses from Water Shutoffs

·       Governor Newsom Announces New Help for Small Businesses & Workers Displaced by COVID-19

·       Daily COVID-19 Facts from Department of Public Health

Federal Updates

·       FEMA Daily Briefing Points

·       National League of Cities Update

While members of the House and Senate are away, their staff continue to work hard at crafting a fourth stimulus bill.  As the leadership and White House sort out discussions about the a potential bill, NLC is actively working to provide input to staff. NLC weighed in with the House’s Majority tax writing staff on ideas to provide relief to cities, towns, and villages as well as their residents through the tax code. Additionally, NLC worked with Rep. Andy Levin’s office to help shape a letter that 129 members of the House signed and sent to Pelosi. The letter to Pelosi urges the Speaker to make more funding available for smaller cities (letter attached).  Finally, today, NLC sent its letter on the fourth stimulus outlining our priorities to leaders on Capitol Hill (letter attached). 

This afternoon, NLC also sent an all-member alert encouraging them to email or tweet Congress in support of the 4th stimulus request. It’s important that we build bipartisan support in both chambers, as well as with the White House.  Please know, that NLC will be launching a communications strategy around this push.  If you have key city leaders who you think we should include in prospective interviews for TV, radio or print, please flag for Archana at  Sridhar@nlc.org.

Thank you for your efforts to reach out to the Department of Treasury as they develop guidance around the term “necessary expenditures” related to how cities can use COVID-19 Relief Funds.  If you have not yet done so, we encourage to send correspondence about this to Jackson Miles: Jackson.Miles@treasury.gov and LegAffairs@do.treas.gov.

Key Resource Websites

·       League of California Cities COVID-19 Information

·       State of California COVID-19 Information

·       Federal COVID-19 Information

·       National League of Cities COVID-19 Resources Including Stimulus Legislation

·       Volunteer Opportunities (California Volunteers)

·       Neighbor-to-Neighbor campaign (California Volunteers)

·       California HealthCorps

·       Essential Critical Infrastructure Workers Guidance

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