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Legislature Passes Special District COVID-19 Relief Fund in State Budget, Governor’s Approval Still Needed

Yesterday the California State Legislature passed AB 128, the 2021-22 State Budget Act as proposed by the Legislature, and in it several funding programs that would be accessible to COVID-19 impacted special districts. However, it is important to note the budget bill sent to Governor Gavin...


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Brown Act and Water Shutoff Emergency Executive Orders Set to Expire September 30

Last week, Governor Gavin Newsom released his plan, Beyond the Blueprint , to fully reopen California on June 15, as well as Executive Order N-08-21 , which establishes a timeline to lift the COVID-19 pandemic Executive Orders. Under Governor Newsom’s plan his Executive Orders related to the...


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A Call for Cyber Equity Funding in Local Government

By Guest Author: Frank Ury, Santa Margarita Water District Director and Former Mayor of Mission Viejo For decades, federal and state officials have grappled with a growing “digital divide” – the technological disparity that exists between communities that have resources and those...


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Virtual Public Meetings May Continue After June 15

Last week, Ana Matosantos, Cabinet Secretary to Governor Gavin Newsom responded to a letter sent from CSDA’s CEO, Neil McCormick, and other local government association representatives regarding the possible recension of Executive Order N-29-20, which provided the authority for local...


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Act NOW to Protect Special District Access to COVID-19 Relief Funding: Final Budget Vote Approaching

Last week, legislative budget committees passed the Legislative Version of the 2021-22 State Budget . This package will likely be voted on this week and Legislative leaders and the Governor’s office are already negotiating final proposals. After months of advocating, and hundreds of districts...


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CSDA Board of Directors Seat A Election – Vote by July 16

CSDA Board of Directors Seat A Electronic Ballot Voting is for the following Networks*: Bay Area Network Central Network Coastal Network Sierra Network Southern Network On May 28, the electronic ballots were emailed to the designated contact in each district in...


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Late Census: Redistricting

CSDA supports SB 594 (Glazer), a measure that will call for special districts to adopt their post census re-districting maps prior to 180 days before a general election. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the U.S. Census Bureau was delayed in completing its constitutional mandate to provide...

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Action Needed Before June 15 Budget Vote: Special Districts Access to COVID-19 Relief

Special districts continue to be urged to take action by contacting your legislators this week to advocate for funding, as budget sub-committees close out their budget items and full budget committees are scheduled to begin. What: Please call, email, or post to social media and urge...

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Legislative Days in Review and Call to Action: Contact your Legislators Today to Ask for COVID-19 Relief

Last week special district leaders from throughout California gathered virtually for CSDA’s annual Special District Legislative Days to hear from a robust line up of speakers, including: S. Representative John Garamendi Assembly member Aguiar-Curry Erica Pan, MD, MPH, FAAP – State...


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Speak out for COVID Relief

As special districts continue the fight to receive our fair share of federal COVID-19 relief funds, we’ve created a series of videos showcasing the integral ways special districts serve their communities and the unique obstacles created by the pandemic. You can find these videos on the ...