Current Legislative Action


CALED has led the way in teaching economic developers, local elected officials, and state representatives the value of economic development and how it is used to grow businesses, generate revenue to support community development programs, and retain and create quality jobs. CALED provides tools and resources to enrich and empower their communities to build, wealthy, healthy, viable economies. One of the many ways we accomplish this is through legislative action.

As CALED drives further into this legislative session, we are looking to advance our priorities and will continue to work with partners on issues impacting economic development.

CALED Gives Input on CERF Proposed Regions (click to see letter)

SB 162 – $600 Million Community Economic Resilience Fund (CERF) Program

Download CALED’s Analysis here

SB 162 Analysis Note from CALED CEO Gurbax Sahota

Governor Newsom signed SB 162 creating a $600 million Community Economic Resilience Fund (CERF) Program. While this program will have a regional approach, we hope to reinforce that regional solutions require local voices and engagement to ensure long-term success.

State officials are working now on an accelerated rollout of the CERF Program, with a timeline to launch the program as soon as January 2022 with more information to be released this fall for public comment. The funds will be put out by the California Labor Agency through the Workforce Services Branch at EDD. Local agencies and EDCs seeking to participate in this program should review CALED’s detailed summary of the bill and begin organizing local collaboratives now to be better positioned to compete for funding.  With such a significant allocation of funds, we know several groups are already looking at the CERF for potential funding and even providing influence in program design. That said, we believe that a city or county could take the lead as a “skilled and impartial convener” for initial collaborative stakeholder discussions, so that a structure is in place as the program comes together.

As you plan for your role in this program, whether that is as an applicant or participant, here are a few points to consider:

  • While not detailed specifically in the legislation, we understand that there will be an effort by the state to align, to the extent possible, with the US EDA’s Build Back Better Challenge, which is absolutely an economic development program focused on long-term, transformative outcomes tied to metrics such as income levels, job creation, and business creation through the lens of equity and inclusion.
  • If economic development is part of the solution to the problems CERF applicants plan to address, economic developers should be heavily engaged in the implementation of this program– as in other economic development programs at the local levels.
  • Local governments are key/instrumental partners in regional solutions and should assume leadership roles in the collaboratives formed under CERF.
  • It looks like, the initial focus for the CERF will be the identification of regions and the establishment of collaboratives. That said, we believe that will shift quickly to identification and implementation of significant projects with long-term economic development outcomes. All the more reason for local governments and local economic developers to assume leading roles in these collaboratives.

CALED-Sponsored SB 780 (Cortese) signed by Governor Newsom with no opposition and bipartisan support

Download fact sheet here; read bill text here.

CALED’s In-Depth Economic Development Summary on the 2021 California Signed Budget

To read the summary, click here.

CALED’s In-Depth Economic Development Summary on the 2021 May Revise

To read the summary, click here.

CALED 2021 Legislative Updates

5-13-21 – CALED 2021 Mid-Session Legislative Update, click here.

CALED’s Board of Directors Approved the Following Legislative Priorities for 2020

View CALED’s Legislative Policy 

Priority 1

Legislation focused on the future of Tax Increment Financing

Priority 2

Bills that have significant impact on jurisdictions’ ability to engage in and implement economic development

Priority 3

Create a specific ask for tools and resources for economic development

Legislative Action Committee Members

The CALED Board of Directors confirmed the creation of our Legislative Action Committee (LAC) and adopted the guiding policy for how this group would review legislation and make recommendations to the Board of Directors. Robert Burris, President and CEO of Solano EDC is the Chair for the LAC. Furthermore, this page includes current bills we have taken a position on and upcoming important legislative events that you should be aware of.

Robert Burris

Chair, President & CEO of Solano EDC

Matthew Hargrove

Senior Vice President of Governmental Affairs for California Business Properties Association (CBPA)

Aaron Laurel

City Manager, City of West Sacramento

Gurbax Sahota

President and CEO of California Association for Local Economic Development

Gregg Foster

Executive Director, Redwood Region Economic Development Commission

Kendall Levan

Principal Attorney, Kane, Ballmer & Berkman

Bruce Kern

Bruce Kern

Former Director, East Bay Economic Dev Alliance

Jennifer McLain Hiramoto

Economic Development Director, City of Ontario

Bobby Kahn

Executive Director, Madera County EDC

Steven J. Lantsberger, CED; EDFP; HDFP

Economic Development Director, San Joaquin County Employment & Economic Development Dept.

2021 Active Bills

Download the 2021 Tentative Legislative Calendar here

Bill Author Brief Description Position
SB 780: Local finance: public investment authorities Senator Cortese This bill proposes helpful changes and clarifications that would improve the functioning and usefulness of two recently enacted tax increment laws: Enhanced Infrastructure Finance Districts (EIFDs) & Community Revitalization Investment Authorities Sponsor & Support. Letter here
SB 285: Health insurance: large group health insurance Senator McGuire This bill proposes to jumpstart tourism and an economic recovery marketing program through Visit California by providing a one-time allocation of $45 million of state funds. These funds would be used to engage with active in-state travelers, expand paid media reach into the western region drive markets that border California, followed by broader outreach to a national audience. Support. Letter of Support here
AB 1547: Air pollution: warehouse facilities Assemblymember Reyes This bill requires a warehouse development project to provide a 3000-yard (1.7 mile) buffer zone between the warehouse and a “sensitive land use.” “Sensitive land use“ is not defined, but intent language focuses on health impacts of associated truck traffic on adjacent residents Oppose. Letter of Opposition here

If you would like to know more about CALED’s Legislative priorities, successes, and current legislative bills list, please contact Laura Cole-Rowe,, 916-448-8252 ext:13