As the demand for criminal justice reform grows, local governments find themselves on the frontlines of these efforts. In response, the state and federal governments are investing historic amounts of discretionary funding into programs that facilitate the adoption of evidence-based practices and the development of new promising practices in the criminal justice space.
With the winter months and the holiday season fast approaching, the state and federal governments are in a “giving” mood. There are plenty of significant funding opportunities for local governments on the near horizon, including funding for fire departments, encampment resolution initiatives, the restoration of public spaces, economic/workforce development, and road safety improvements.
The Legislature has stepped in to formally amend open meeting laws to account for a new reality where a persistent global pandemic and extreme wildfires stoked by climate change create an enduring need to make virtual meetings a more permanent fixture for public meetings in California.
RPPG provides a breakdown of funding opportunities for states and local governments through the U.S. Economic Development Administration that will support economic recovery and resilience in the aftermath of the COVID-19 pandemic.
With the Legislature’s return weeks away, and some bills already introduced, this paper--after first providing background on some other issues affecting housing production--will focus on what local governments can expect in 2021.