Without a way to defend local democracy, cities would be vulnerable to political attacks. Since its inception in 2003, CitiPAC has provided the last line of defense for local government.
CitiPAC is the League of California Cities’ political action committee
The League needs the financial capacity to advocate for cities at the ballot box, and CitiPAC has been central to the success of protecting local democracy and tax dollars in previous elections.
CITIPAC protects local democracy. For years cities worked to increase constitutional protections for local revenues. With the passage of Proposition 1A (2004) and Proposition 22 (2010) they have achieved that goal. But the Legislature frequently generates plans – legislation or ballot measures – that allow the state to assume more and more influence over all levels of government, threatening local services and local decision-making. A well-funded PAC enables the League to respond to these challenges.
2021 STRATEGIC GOALS
How does the League determine the organization’s top issues?
City leaders throughout the state work hard every day to improve the quality of life for their residents, and create an equitable and just future for all Californians. In 2020, city leaders displayed remarkable resilience in their commitment to serving their communities, taking action to protect their residents from a global pandemic, leading in the recovery of their local economies, responding to calls for equity and justice, and combating one of the worst wildfire seasons in history.
In setting the League of California Cities annual strategic advocacy priorities, cities remain committed to resiliency, response, and recovery to strengthen our cities and move our communities forward. We stand ready to work collaboratively with the state and federal governments and other stakeholders to accomplish our strategic advocacy priorities in 2021.
2021 Strategic Goals
CITIPAC protects local democracy.
For years cities worked to increase constitutional protections for local revenues. With the passage of Proposition 1A they have achieved that goal. But the Legislature frequently generates plans – legislation or ballot measures – that allow the state to assume more and more influence over all levels of government, threatening local services and local decision-making. A well-funded PAC enables the League to respond to these challenges.
News & announcements
Propositions 1 and 2 Rally Highlights the Need to Tackle State’s Housing and Homelessness Crises
Just steps from the Capitol today, Sacramento Mayor Darrell Steinberg stood with Sen. Jim Beall (D-San Jose), Assembly Member David Chiu (D-San Francisco), veterans, working families and other supporters of Propositions 1 and 2 on the November ballot.
Over 56% of voters voted No
With the defeat of Proposition 6, Californians chose to preserve $5.2 billion dollars a year in transportation and transit infrastructure funding. The dangerous effort to pass Proposition 6 was a direct attack on cities and would have eliminated funding for more than 6,500 bridge and road safety, transportation and public transit improvement projects underway throughout California.
Supported by over 56% of voters
Proposition 1 secured $4 billion in funding to provide military veterans a place to call home. Proposition 1 will help to address the housing crisis in California. The housing funding from Proposition 1 expected to create 137,000 jobs and pump $23.4 billion into California’s economy.
Approved with a 63% majority
Proposition 2, known as the No Place Like Home Act, dedicated funding to directly address the issue of homelessness in California cities. Proposition 2 allows for the issuance of up to $2 billion in bonds to fund housing for those with mental illness who are homeless.