Legislative Platform

The California Contract Cities Association represents 73 cities throughout California. For more than 62 years, CCCA’s mission has been to advance the benefits of the contracting model and strengthen local control. With collaborative governance as a focal point, CCCA has advanced its mission through education, advocacy, networking, and access to protect and enhance the quality of life for more than 7.5 million residents.

2020 Legislative Platform

 

City Contracting Model Statement

Cities and city officials are directly accountable to their communities. The contracting model allows cities to have a direct role in providing programs and services in the most cost-effective manner. As a matter of policy, CCCA supports and defends the rights of cities to protect their ability to contract for key services and advocate on policy issues pertinent to cities, which include, but are not limited to pension reform, transportation, ambient air quality, taxation, and right-of-way agreements. Furthermore, the 2020 Legislative Platform are issues that are a priority for CCCA and its membership for 2020. 

Housing/Land Use Development:

  • Supports legislation and other collaborative solutions in housing that allows innovation and flexibility.
  • Supports legislation that provides flexibility for cities to exercise local control to best address the needs of its community and expand opportunities to meet unfunded mandates, including affordable housing and transit-oriented development.
  • Supports legislation that reduces costs and spurs housing development, such as the expansion of tax incentives, and other cost reduction policies to encourage new residential construction.

Homelessness:

  • Supports legislation that creates streamlined protocols and metrics to be used by homeless service providers, local agencies, and other non-governmental partners to capture and share accurate statistics of individuals experiencing homelessness, including vacancy rates, in-flow and out-flow information, cost-reporting of services provided and rendered, and individuals successfully housed.
  • Supports incentives for cities to create regional and collaborative solutions to address homelessness while holding others accountable for lack of action to address the homeless crisis.
  • Supports the expansion of conservatorship laws allowing for increased guardianship control and health supervision of those suffering from mental illness, and recognizes mental illness and addiction as a contributor to chronic homelessness.
  • Supports additional funding that encourages uniquely multi-departmental and inter-governmental collaboration to assist individuals experiencing homelessness, such as homeless outreach teams and mental evaluation teams used by LASD, local police departments, and mental health providers.

Community Choice Aggregation (CCA):

  • CCA’s provide a competitive alternative over investor-owned utility sources for cities, businesses, and residents to purchase renewable energy.
  • Contract Cities opposes unfair cost shifts to CCA’s and any attempts to limit CCAs to procure cost-effective energy sources for its ratepayers.
  • Supports standardize state regulatory policy of CCAs that are consistent to municipal utility oversight.

Public Safety:

  • Supports practical and needed reforms to AB 109, Proposition 47, and Proposition 57 that reduces serial theft, firm sentencing for repeat offenses, and overall impact of crime in cities.
  • Supports equitable tort reform that reduces liability costs for cities when reasonable actions were taken by a peace officer, in order to protect the solvency and fiscal responsibility of a city.

Water:

  • Supports the preservation, protection, and access of clean water from polluted dry-weather and urban runoff, pursuant to each cities’ responsibility for the capture and infiltration of stormwater into local aquifers; and
  • Supports practical, feasible, and affordable solutions to meet mandatory compliance of water quality and treatment standards, notwithstanding prior agreements that otherwise limit cities’ ability to undertake such activities.
  • Specifically, CCCA supports funding to address growing statewide concerns for “forever chemicals”, specifically exposure to PFAS (Per and Poly Fluoroalkyl substances) and microplastics.