ILG is committed to helping local government leaders navigate the
complexity of their important roles. As such, we want to ensure
that local leaders and our business and community partners are
equipped with the latest information and resources related to
This resource page will be updated daily. In addition, ILG will
be sharing real-time updates related to COVID-19 on our social
media pages as the situation develops. Please be sure to follow
ILG on Facebook
and Twitter to stay
up to date. In addition, we have compiled a number of useful
links with COVID-19 information for cities, counties and special
districts and included them below.
The World Health Organization officially labeled this a global
health crisis and both President Trump and Governor
Newsom declared national and statewide emergencies.
California’s cities, counties and special districts are working
closely with local and statewide public health officials and
policymakers to prevent the spread of the novel Coronavirus and
keep those at particular risk from contracting the illness.
Last, but not least, the safety and well-being of our communities
is paramount. Please encourage your communities to follow your
local and statewide public health guidelines for practicing
proper hygiene and preventative measures.
Local leadership is always on display during times of crisis and
we are heartened by the many examples of collaboration and good
governance we have seen across the state.
Local Government Resources
A number of our partners have developed COVID-19 specific
resources to help local governments navigate this pandemic.
The legislature has updated its return to session to May 4.
Legislative deadlines will have to be adjusted. There are two
upcoming constitutional deadlines which are immovable: the June
15 deadline for the Legislature to approve a State Budget, and
the August 31 deadline for the Legislature to act on bills. When
the Legislature reconvenes the legislative calendar will have to
be updated around these key dates.
The Legislature passed two budget bills at the request of the
Governor, AB 89/SB 89 and AB 117/SB 117, to
appropriate funding for COVID-19 relief.
AB/SB 89 would appropriate $500 million from the general fund
to combat COVID-19 (appropriation could be increased in $50M
increments, up to $1 billion total).
AB/SB 117 would appropriate $100 million from the general
fund for schools. The legislation also includes intent language
to help individual Californians, nonprofits, and small
Business, Community and Partner Resources
Responding to the Coronavirus/COVID-19: ILG
Partner Liebert Cassidy Whitmore has developed a resource page
with information for public agencies, non-profits and school
districts. Access their resource page
COVID-19: Legal Update: ILG Partner Best, Best &
Krieger has developed a resource page for local governments to
help them understand legal rulings and executive orders
surrounding the pandemic. Access their
resource page here.
Communications Resources: ILG Partner Tripepi
Smith has compiled a resource page for local governments
including: social media resources, sample language for dedicated
webpages, and a communications checklist. Access their resource page
COVID-19 Resource Page: ILG Partner Burke
Williams & Sorensen is committed to helping our clients stay
up-to-date on developments related to the COVID-19 pandemic. They
have created a resource page with legal alerts, blog posts,
articles and other resources. Access their resource page here.
COVID-19 Resource Page: ILG Partner Hanson
Bridgett has created an online toolkit to help their clients
confront and address legal issues arising from the ongoing
COVID-19 pandemic.Hanson Bridgett has assembled a
multidisciplinary response team available to help our clients
navigate the myriad unique issues presented by the developing
worldwide pandemic, and to protect their companies and employees.
Access their resource
COVID-19 Information and Updates: ILG Partner
Renne Public Law Group has created a resource page providing
information about COVID-19’s impact on California’s political and
administrative landscape. Access their resource page
COVID-19 Legal Alerts: ILG Partner Kronick
Moskovitz Tiedemann & Girard has released a number of legal
alerts providing guidance to local governments. Access their
Facebook’s Local Alerts: As of March 12th,
Facebook has opened up local alerts to all local governments,
public health agencies and first responders. This is a free tool
that allows local governments to send critical alerts to their
community. When posts are marked as local alerts, Facebook
amplifies their reach so that people living in an affected
community are much more likely to see them. Find
City of Burbank In the continued effort
to slow down the spread of the Coronavirus, pedestrians &
bicyclists no longer have to press the Walk Button at
intersections. All Burbank signals have been set so the
Walk signal turns on automatically between
Chino Valley Fire District continues to
deliver to seniors during the crisis. Seniors and others at
high risk of contracting COVID-19 can contact the Fire District
and ask that firefighters and other employees pick up and
deliver prescriptions and groceries and perform other essential
City of El Centro hosted a virtual
meeting to discuss improvements to their Downtown area. They
took official comments from residents via Zoom and Facebook
live. El Centro, is one of ILG’s BOOST communities, which is
working on enhancing their public engagement efforts virtually
during COVID-19. Read
City of Lancaster created a campaign called
“Turn your Tassel,” in which the city provides an array of
tactics to celebrate the graduating class of 2020 through
social media campaigns, banners, certificates, and videos. The
city also encouraged residents to decorate their yards to
celebrate graduates with free take-home celebration kits
provided by the city.
Los Angeles County is giving $10,000
each to businesses as Coronavirus hits bottom
City of Morgan Hill hosted a virtual Business
Resiliency Roundtable Webinar focused on discussion around the
reopening of retail businesses within the City and answering
questions from their community. The video was broadcast live
through the City’s Facebook page.
Natomas Unified School District is
practicing social distancing with “drive through” school food
Orange County’s Clerk Recorder is offering
marriage licenses and civil marriage ceremonies through a
pop-up mobile ticket counter for couples whose marriage
appointments were postponed due to closures and stay-at-home
City of Sacramento launched a new webinar
series to help local Sacramento businesses survive, thrive and
retain employees through the COVID-19 pandemic
Read more The City also created new virtual resources and
activities to help keep youth socially engaged.
City of San Diego is converting its
convention center to a homeless shelter. Read
San Diego County’s small army of public health
investigators & contact tracers are working on identifying
every resident who has been exposed to #COVID19. No small task
within a county of 3.3 million people. Read
City of San Jose distributed hand-washing
stations, portable toilets, and clean water to homeless
City of Temecula developed a COVID-19 smart
phone app, dedicated hotline and email address, along with many
other forms of rapid response communication tools and
technologies, for citizens to report, communicate and
understand the City’s recovery efforts, among many forms of
rapid response communications the City set up.
Yolo County and Washington Unified School
District teamed up with a local restaurant to
serve over 10,000 families in need Read
Elk Grove Unified School District created
drive through zones outside 13 schools so that families can
pick up food for their children.