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Governor Newsom provided an updated on homelessness efforts and the announcement of Project Roomkey (notes attached).  The Governor also signed two executive orders: (1) an executive order to expand protections to medical providers as they amplify the use of video chats and similar applications to provide routine and non-emergency medical appointments in an effort to minimize patient exposure to COVID-19, and (2) an executive order expanding consumer protection against price gouging as California continues to respond to the COVID-19 pandemic.

The Governor also allocated $8.7 million in COVID-19 state funds to slow the spread of the virus in prisons.  Nearly $6 million will go to the Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation to reimburse counties for housing inmates due to suspension of prison intakes.  The remaining amount will go to the Board of State and Community Corrections to reimburse counties for supervising inmates released early. 

CalRecycle has created a website to provide new information about the impact COVID-19 has on the waste management an recycling industry as it is made available. 

The California Transportation Commission workshop scheduled for next Tuesday has had such a great response rate, that they are anticipating adding a second webinar that day due to capacity issues.  We will provide additional information as it becomes available.  Thank you for signing up for this workshop.

On the federal side, the League has learned HUD confirmed that the Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) funds included in the third stimulus bill can be used to provide up to three months of rental assistance as a public service income payment under 24 CFR 570.207(b)(4). The CARES Act waives the 15 percent cap on public services, not only for CARES Act CDBG, but also any FY19 and FY20 CDBG, so these funds can be used to more easily provide emergency rental assistance.

Additional attachments include CalOES daily briefing and notes from CalOES’ federal and state electeds call. 

Tomorrow (April 4) Events and Webinars

·        None announced.

 Upcoming Events and Webinars

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

·       April 7, 2pm to 3pm: (Institute for Local Government) Staying Connected: Tips and Tactics for Effective External Communication Despite Social Distance

·       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 to Expand Telehealth Services 

·       Governor Newsom Issues Executive Order to Protect Consumers from Price Gouging 

·       Daily COVID-19 Facts from Department of Public Health 

LAO Updates:

·       Federal Assistance for Businesses Affected by COVID-19
·       Broad-Based Cash Assistance in Covid-19 Recovery Actions

Federal Updates

·       FEMA Daily Briefing Points

·       National League of Cities Update

Today, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi appeared to change her message on a fourth aid package. Today at the Capitol, Pelosi told reporters., “Let’s do the same bill we just did, make some changes to make it current.”  During an appearance on CNBC, she added: “While I’m very much in favor of doing some things we need to do to meet the needs – clean water, more broadband, the rest of that – that may have to be for a bill beyond that right now.”  The change in tone by Pelosi may make a fourth deal more doable.

NLC is assisting many offices in a variety of capacities, which is allowing front row access to provide input on proposals under consideration.

In agency related news, this week, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency released two items of interest. First, an FAQ on grant issues in response to the coronavirus (COVID-19) public health emergency to provide information to applicants for, and recipients of, EPA grants and cooperative agreements.

Second, together with the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, the agencies released a final rule lowering the Corporate Average Fuel Economy (CAFE) and greenhouse gas emissions standards for vehicles for model years 2021-2026. NLC has previously weighed in to the agencies opposing lowering the standards.

Also, NLC has put out an webinar about family leave, and also has a blog post on local governments leading the charge on providing emergency leave to employees.

Key Resource Websites

·       State of California COVID-19 Information

·       Sales Tax Guidance

·       Department of Public Health Dashboard

·       Federal COVID-19 Information

·       Volunteer Opportunities (California Volunteers)

·       Neighbor-to-Neighbor campaign (California Volunteers)

·       California HealthCorps

·       Essential Critical Infrastructure Workers Guidance

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