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Santa Monica Fights for COVID-19 Relief Funds & Their Equitable Distribution

Santa Monica has been hit hard by the pandemic, which created a $224 million deficit in the City’s operating budget leading to mass layoffs and reductions in City services. In an effort to increase funding, the City is supporting the Democrats’ newly proposed HEROES Act for COVID-19 financial relief and also fighting for a more equitable distribution of relief funds through the state government.

2020-10-02T13:54:28-07:00October 2nd, 2020|

Orange County’s Mayors: ‘Mask up to open up OC!’

All of Orange County’s 34 mayors have teamed up to send a message to residents, businesses and visitors: “Mask up to open up OC!” The message comes in a video featuring Orange County’s mayors socially distant and masked up at iconic locations across Orange County.

2020-09-25T15:54:18-07:00September 25th, 2020|

California Mayors Coalition Gains Big Ally in Mayor Garcetti

The Coalition is excited to welcome Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti as one of its newest members. While this diverse group of 60+ mayors from across California is mainly composed of smaller cities, Mayor Garcetti’s membership highlights the importance of all cities, no matter their size, supporting one another during these unprecedented times.

2020-09-23T09:48:35-07:00September 23rd, 2020|

Building a reopening plan on shifting sand

We need to safely re-open California – or at least Orange County – now. We are three weeks into the new “tier” system to reopen California. The official guidelines have changed three times and we expect more changes to come. Shifting standards have been the only consistency and we are – simply put – beyond frustrated.

2020-09-21T14:40:57-07:00September 21st, 2020|

Three Ways to Keep Communities Moving Forward

Since the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic the country has sought and developed solutions to flatten the curve of the virus’s spread and lessen the financial impact felt by business and government alike. It doesn’t matter if you run a neighborhood convenience store or a city government; you’ve likely taken a severe revenue hit since March 1.

2020-09-11T13:28:04-07:00September 10th, 2020|

Smaller Cities Seek Additional Virus Aid

Small and midsize cities in Orange County are lobbying state and federal legislators for more funding, saying the money they’ve received from the first federal coronavirus rescue package is not enough, especially compared with bigger cities such as Anaheim and Santa Ana.

2020-08-14T10:15:10-07:00August 12th, 2020|

Bipartisan Call for Federal Aid

California Mayors Coalition Member and Mayor of Fontana Aquanetta Warren recently joined forces with Mayor of Los Angeles, Eric Garcetti, to make a strong bipartisan call for federal assistance.

2020-07-27T15:24:59-07:00July 16th, 2020|

Meeting with State & Federal Leaders

While we know that the Big 13 Cities in California are regularly talking to the Governor, we too have been fortunate to have both State and Federal leaders join some of our recent weekly Coalition member calls.

2020-07-27T15:26:15-07:00July 1st, 2020|


The following video features real California mayors and the challenges their cities are facing on the front lines in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic.

2020-06-26T16:10:24-07:00June 26th, 2020|