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September 2019


A Message From ILG’s Executive Director

Greetings from ILG!
We’re officially in Fall conference season with many of our local agency partners convening over the next few months to connect with members, share best practices and celebrate the year’s accomplishments.
Last week, the ILG team was honored to attend and participate in the California Special Districts Conference in Anaheim where a record-setting crowd of special district leaders descended on Southern California to celebrate Special District Week and CSDA’s milestone 50th anniversary.
ILG hosted two workshops for participants – one about informing the public about serving on public agency boards, and another about creative partnerships to help local agencies tackle the regional challenges of homelessness.
We were also excited to see ILG Board Member Stan Caldwell receive the prestigious CSDA ‘Board Member of the Year’ Award. Congratulations Stan!
Conferences are an incredible way to make lasting connections and spur innovation. Over the next few weeks and months, the ILG team will be actively participating in numerous industry events and conferences that raise visibility of key issues and increase the opportunity for collaboration among local and state agencies.
We take pride in being a training and education partner, as well as a convener and thought leader on some of the most critical issues facing local governments.
The feedback you share with us about the challenges and opportunities your agency is facing helps guide ILG as we develop the resources you need to navigate an increasingly complex local government landscape
In this issue, you’ll find a preview of the conferences we’ll be attending in the coming weeks, as well as a few surveys to help inform some of ILG’s ongoing work. We’re also excited to unveil the new full version of the Public Sector Workforce Report for the Sacramento Region, which was previewed at last month’s Public Sector Workforce Summit hosted by ILG and IPPS.

Connect with ILG at the League of CA Cities Annual Conference

Connect with ILG at the League’s Annual Conference and Expo, October 16-18 in Long Beach. We will be hosting a booth at the Expo. Please stop by and meet our staff, browse our materials and get answers to your questions.

Don’t miss these ILG-led sessions:

  • Public Service Ethics Laws and Principles: AB 1234 Training, Wednesday from 9:00-11:00am
  • Innovative Solutions for Filling the Future Workforce, Wednesday from 3:45-5:00pm
  • Tips and Tools to Improve Trust in Local Government, Thursday from 4:15-5:30pm
  • Harassment Prevention Training for Supervisors and Officials: AB 1661 Training, Friday from 8:45-10:45am
  • Housing for All: Framing a New Conversation About Housing in Your Community, Friday from 11:00am-12:15pm

See the League’s website for additional details and to register.

Beacon Award Reception

LG will be honoring over 30 cities at our annual Beacon Award Reception. Join us on Thursday, October 17, from 5:30-7:30pm to celebrate the progress made by the winning cities to save energy, reduce greenhouse gas emissions and implement sustainability best practices.

Not yet a Beacon Program participant? Find out more about the Beacon Program and how to participate on ILG’s website.

Congratulations to the CSAC Challenge Award Recipients

CSAC has selected 27 counties to receive 2019 Challenge Awards, which spotlight the most innovative programs developed by counties. Award categories include:

  • Administration of Justice & Public Safety
  • Agriculture, Environment & Natural Resources
  • Government Finance, Administration & Technology
  • Health & Human Services
  • Housing, Land Use & Infrastructure

ILG’s Executive Director Erica Manuel served as a judge this year. Read more about the counties and their winning programs here.

The Challenge Award recipients will be formally recognized at the CSAC Annual Meeting – December 3-6 in San Francisco. Visit CSAC’s website for more information and to register.

Is Your Agency Taking Advantage of SB2 Planning Grants?

We want to know what agencies have applied for SB2 funding and for which projects. Please take this quick survey to let us know if your agency has applied for funding and for which projects.

Haven’t applied for an SB2 Planning Grant Yet?

The California Department of Housing and Community Development (HCD) has released the SB 2 Planning Grants Notice of Funding Availability (NOFA) for approximately $123 million. The Planning Grants Program provides one-time, non-competitive grants to local governments to update a variety of planning documents and processes that streamline housing approvals and accelerate housing production.

ILG is working with PlaceWorks to help local governments secure this funding by identifying projects and tools that will help increase housing production. Funding is available for:

  • Targeted General Plan Updates
  • Community Plans and Specific Plans
  • Zoning Updates and By-Right Zoning for Housing
  • Objective Design Standards
  • Accessory Dwelling Unit Regulations
  • Streamlined Environmental Analyses
  • Process Updates to Improve and Expedite Local Permitting

Contact Karalee Browne at for more information.

NEW! Sacramento Region Public Sector Workforce Report

The public sector workforce report previewed at the IPPS Leadership Summit has been released! Read the full report for comprehensive information on public sector workforce needs in the Sacramento region. The research reveals that one in five jobs in the Sacramento region is in the public sector, offering an abundance of opportunities to leverage our impact to improve the workforce pipeline. The report presents several recommendations for addressing current and future challenges and provides a framework on how to address those recommendations.

For more information about how your agency can work towards creating a pathway to public sector careers, contact Randi Kay Stephens at

Local Jurisdictions Adaptation and Resiliency Planning: SB 379

ILG partner, the Governor’s Office of Planning and Research (OPR) is conducting a mini-survey to learn about local adaptation and resiliency efforts. The results of this survey will help OPR understand how local jurisdictions are meeting SB 379, as well as their obstacles, questions, and innovative strategies. SB 379 requires every local government in California to incorporate climate into the Safety Element of their General Plan, or by reference in other plans.

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