With COVID cases on the rise in many states, the harsh reality is that this pandemic is far from over. We are now over 220,000 deaths in the United States. Despite the ongoing strife we are all facing, hundreds of millions of dollars from the CARES Act sit untouched, and instead of going to our workers, families and communities – where they would make the greatest difference – these funds may disappear unless allocated with congressional approval this year. It is unacceptable that our cities, towns and villages are struggling, while Washington holds onto funds that could save local businesses and provide essential health resources and PPE.
In other news, we are officially less than two weeks away from the Presidential Election. I urge you to do all that you can to encourage your residents to vote. Local government is the most trusted level of government, our residents look to us for guidance. The outcome of this election will set the tone for our nation’s economic recovery.
NLC is committed to providing you with the resources to combat the ongoing pandemic and economic fallout. If you haven’t already, REGISTER NOW for 2020 Virtual City Summit. In a world that keeps changing, attending City Summit is your chance to access best practices, tools and resources to handle whatever your community is facing or will face in the future. I hope to see you there!
Sending you strength,
National League of Cities
President Pro Tempore, Los Angeles City Council
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Vote at Home: A City Leader’s Guide to Safe and Secure Voting in a Global Pandemic
Despite the state of the coronavirus pandemic, elections are coming, and they are coming up quickly. So how do cities ensure both the safety of voters and encourage 100% voter participation? One approach that is quickly gaining steam across the country is voting at home, also known as vote by mail or absentee voting. Download the new guide from the National League of Cities and the National Vote at Home Institute to learn more today!
What We’re Reading:
- After 2 Hurricanes, Lake Charles Fears Its Cries for Help Have Gone Unheard – The New York Times (October 20, 2020)
- The next economic crisis: Empty retail space – Politico (October 19, 2020)