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.

2021 CCCA Legislative Platform

 

City Contracting Model Statement

Cities 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 advocates 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.

 

Post-Pandemic and Economic Recovery and Maintenance

  • Supports more careful alignment of public health order requirements and their economic impact on local cities and their businesses; the more restrictive the orders, the greater the need for supporting empirical evidence that they will have the intended effect.
  • Supports continued statewide and federal action to assist cities in maintaining local services and pandemic relief programs for residents and businesses.

Housing/Land Use Development:

  • Supports legislation and other collaborative solutions that reduces costs and spurs development 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 build affordable housing and transit-oriented development.

  • Calls for direct state funding to support affordable housing.

Homelessness:

  • Supports legislation that creates streamlined protocols and metrics to be used by homeless service providers and local agencies, providing more accurate statistics of individuals experiencing homelessness, including in-flow and out-flow information, cost-reporting of services rendered, and individuals successfully housed. 

  • Supports regional and city-driven solutions to address homelessness through crisis response, mental evaluation, and homeless outreach teams. 

  • 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.

Energy/Utility

  • Community Choice Aggregation (CCA): Supports CCA efforts to purchase renewable energy at competitive rates and create benefits and savings for cities, small businesses, and residents. Supports equal treatment of bundled and unbundled utility customers.

  • Wildfire Mitigation: Supports ongoing efforts to mitigate wildre disasters through responsible brush and forestry management, including coordination between local and state governments and utility providers.

  • Renewable Energy: Supports efforts to expand consumer access to renewable energy, such as incentives and grants for solar, which would reduce reliance on non-renewable sources.

Public Safety:

  • Supports practical measures needed to balance state and local criminal reform efforts, including those that have reduced criminal penalties/incarceration, by addressing resultant public safety concerns, including those related to violence, probation/parole violations and recurring criminal offenses, such as serial theft.

  • Opposes efforts to reprioritize public safety funding and programs without proper procedural or stakeholder engagement and such efforts that would decrease public safety services or increase crime.

  • Supports equitable public safety reforms that reduces liability to cities, improves public safety in the community, and strengthens community relations with peace officers, while addressing concerns over excessive use of force and distrust of peace officers.

Water:

  • Supports the preservation, protection, and access of clean water from polluted dry-weather and urban runo, pursuant to each city’s 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 city’s 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.