The California Contract Cities Association represents 75 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.

2022 CCCA Legislative Platform

Local Control

  • Cities should be positioned to fashion policies that best fit the needs of their communities.
  • Cities are accountable to their communities, with local representatives acting as direct conduits for addressing constituents’ needs and interests. 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.

Housing/Land Use Development

  • Supports legislation that provides flexibility for cities to exercise local control to best address the needs of their communities and expand opportunities to build affordable housing and transit-oriented development.
  • Calls for direct state funding to support affordable housing.
  • Supports legislation and other collaborative solutions that reduce costs and spur development in housing that allows innovation and flexibility.
  • Encourages action that provides relief to local governments navigating new zoning requirements for housing.

Post-Pandemic and Economic Recovery and Maintenance

  • Supports transparent federal and statewide action in utilizing American Rescue Plan funding to assist cities in maintaining projects and programs for residents and businesses.
  • Supports action that aims to maintain access to workers’ compensation and aims to increase workforce development in an effort to build new opportunities in budding industries.
  • Supports strategic adjustments to public health order requirements based on a region’s recovery status, considering transmission rates, vaccination rates, and other key factors.

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 health evaluation, housing, and homeless outreach teams.

Mental Health & Addiction

  • Calls for the enhancement of mental health services and addiction treatments as wrap-around care essential to supporting individuals experiencing homelessness and other vulnerable communities.
  • 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 wildfire 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 reliable renewable energy, such as incentives and grants for solar and storage, particularly for low-income and environmentally burdened communities, which would reduce reliance on non-renewable sources and improve public health.

Public Safety

  • Supports practical measures to address public safety concerns related to violence, probation/parole violations, and recurring criminal offenses, such as serial theft, to provide balance to state and local criminal reform efforts – including those that have reduced criminal penalties and incarceration.
  • Opposes efforts to reprioritize public safety funding and programs without proper procedural or stakeholder engagement, and 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 runoff, pursuant to each city’s responsibility for the capture and infiltration of stormwater into local aquifers.
  • 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.
  • Supports funding to address growing statewide concerns of “forever chemicals”, specifically as it relates to PFAS (per and poly-fluoroalkyl substances) and microplastics.