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2021 New Law Series, Part 3

California Mandates COVID-19 Exposure Notification Requirements for Public Employers Starting January 1, 2021 Authors: Nate J. Kowalski and Eric T. Riss, Atkinson, Andelson, Loya, Ruud & Romo On September 17, 2020, Governor Gavin Newsom signed Assembly Bill 685 which expands the...


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Key Messages When Communicating with Legislators, Media, and the Public

Key Messages When Communicating with Legislators, Media, and the Public As special district leaders interact with legislators, media, and the public, certain topics are likely to arise in which a clear, considered, and consistent message will prove valuable. The key messages...


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TAKE ACTION: CalPERS Decision Affecting Retired Annuitants

TAKE ACTION : CalPERS Decision Affecting Retired Annuitants CSDA is asking for special districts to send comment letters to the CalPERS Board opposing the action before an October 23 deadline . At CalPERS’ next board meeting November 16-18, 2020, the board will consider adopting the...


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Join us in Empowering Communities to Prepare for Disasters

September is National Preparedness Month and to recognize the urgent priority of community preparedness, the California Special Districts Association has teamed up with the Listos California Emergency Preparedness Campaign to encourage all special districts to reach out to your communities to...


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Governor Urges State Retirement Systems to Change Their Investment Strategies

Last week, as part of Climate Week 2020, Governor Gavin Newsom announced that the California Department of Finance released their report titled “ California Climate Investment Framework ” in response to an Executive Order the Governor issued in 2019. The report provides “an investment strategy...


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TAKE ACTION: Ask Congress to Include Special Districts

U.S. House leadership released late Monday a revised version of the HEROES Act without modifications to the Coronavirus Relief Fund special districts have been advocating for. As the $2.2 trillion bill has only been introduced, we must act now to remind California’s delegation to the U.S....


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Help Us Increase Awareness about Special Districts

CSDA has produced a series of videos intended for use by our special district members as a resource to educate the public. As the COVID-19 pandemic stretches on and devastating wildfires rage throughout California, special districts’ ability to adapt quickly has been crucial in meeting essential...


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State Board of Education Approves New Civic Seal for Students

California’s State Board of Education approved criteria for a new State Seal of Civic Engagement for California’s schools. The adopted seal criteria was developed to assist schools in supporting all students to develop civic competencies and identities while learning about civic...


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CSDA Award Winner: Placentia Library District

Placentia Library District Covid-19 Response to the Community "The only thing that you absolutely have to know, is the location of the library." ~Albert Einstein By Jeanette Contreras, Library Director Albert Einstein never dreamed that libraries...

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Presidential Memorandum Provides Payroll Tax Deferral Option

On August 13, President Donald Trump signed an executive memorandum instructing U.S. Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin to develop a plan to defer employees’ share of Social Security payroll tax collection in an effort to “put money directly in the pockets of American workers and generate...