Two resolutions have been submitted for Cal Cities members to consider at the League of California Cities' 2021 Annual Conference & Expo:
1. Online Sales Tax - Resolution of the League of California Cities Calling on the State Legislature To Pass Legislation That Provides for a Fair and Equitable Distribution of the Bradley Burns 1% Local Sales Tax From In-State Online Purchases, Based on Data Where Products Are Shipped to, and That Rightfully Takes Into Consideration the Impacts That Fulfillment Centers Have on Host Cities but Also Provides a Fair Share to California Cities That Do Not and/or Cannot Have a Fulfillment Center Within Their Jurisdiction.
2. Securing Railroad Property Maintenance - A Resolution Calling Upon the Governors and the Legislature To Provide Necessary Funding for CPUC to Fulfill Its Obligation to Inspect Railroad Lines To Ensure That Operators Are Removing Illegal Dumping, Graffiti and Homeless Encampments That Degrade the Quality of Life and Results in Increased Public Safety Concerns for Communities and Neighborhoods That Abut the Railroad Right-of-Way.
The resolutions, along with background materials provided by the sponsors, supporting letters from cities and city officials, and the Cal Cities staff analysis for the resolutions are attached. Additionally, a letter of support regarding the Online Sales Tax Resolution from the City of Rancho Cucamonga is enclosed. In order to provide further information on the Online Sales Tax Resolution, staff has also provided an analysis from the City's sales tax consultant, Avenu Insights & Analytics.
During a Special Board Meeting on August 17, 2021, the League of California Cities Board of Directors approved proposed bylaws amendments to enhance Cal Cities’ governance and effectuate technical changes. The proposed bylaws amendments will go before the General Assembly for a vote at the Annual Business meeting on September 24 during the Annual Conference and Expo. At least two-thirds of the General Assembly must vote in favor of the proposed bylaws amendments in order for them to take effect. Specifically, the proposed bylaws amendments would accomplish the following:
- Recognize the Cal Cities diversity caucuses in the Cal Cities bylaws to reflect the full contribution the caucuses make to Cal Cities’ mission and vision.
- Adjust the composition of the Board to achieve a higher impact and be more representative by adding Director seats to the Board for each of the five Diversity Caucuses, and transitioning members of the National League of Cities Board from Cal Cities Directors to one non-voting advisor to the Cal Cities Board.
- Update the League of California Cities’ moniker to “Cal Cities” to promote consistency.
- Make various minor technical corrections.