Kqed, California, Congress discussed on All Things Considered


It's 5 30. It's KQED news. I'm terrorists. Tyler cities around the country, including those in California are watching the ongoing congressional negotiations over the next pandemic stimulus bill. And they don't like what they see. Congress is planning to continue talks this weekend. But the bipartisan bill being worked out will likely not contain direct assistance to states or cities, which have been financially hammered by the pandemic. John Dunbar is the mayor of Yonville in the past president of the League of California cities and mayor, I guess, first off just your reaction to the likelihood that there won't be any direct assistance to cities or states in this bill. It's really frustrating that Congress can't Get a package that includes direct and flexible funding for local government, and we've lost significant revenue as well as had significant, unplanned expenses and not just related to The Corona virus pandemic. But here in California, we've had the worst wildfire year on record, and during all of that time, our businesses were also struggling. Hopefully, we're still hopeful. We will see support at least directly to our local business sector so they can get some relief in some support, but it is it is very frustrating. Being elected officials without giving that kind of support from our federal government. Yeah, it does seem that there will be something for for businesses. Republicans say they're resistant to directly fund states because in their mind, some are financially mismanaged, and they don't want to provide what they say is a slush fund. So instead, Democrats seem to be pushing for the Federal Emergency Management Agency to distribute pandemic funding to states and cities. Would that be helpful, and you think this is an acceptable compromise? Well, we need financial support from wherever we can get it on. I think that there are different colors of money that could come out of Washington, and all of it can be helpful What we have been asking for throughout this pandemic, and actually, even before that. From local government is we've been asking for direct, inflexible funding to avoid that issue. If there is concerned that money this is going to state isn't trickling down two counties and cities In towns. Then we welcome the responsibility and the transparency that we can provide. If that money comes directly to the cities and towns that need it. And what do you think? The likelihood is of that? I do have faith that our partners in Washington understand. The consequences of not supporting us at the local level we are providing coursers is to our communities that we cannot stop. We can't stop funding public safety and Firefighters and utilities and public education. All of those things are really speak to the core of what local governments deliver. I think there has been a groundswell of many voices, not just elected officials, but many voices, really calling out for Washington to do the right thing and support us here. This is where it's all happening in our streets. In our local businesses in our homes where people are losing their jobs, worried about their next mortgage or rent payment. This is where it matters most. And so we feel like Congress needs to really do the right thing and support us. Okay, Mayor. Thank you so much for talking with us. Thank you very much. John Dunbar is the mayor of Yonville and the past president of the League of California Cities. And I'm terrace. Tyler KQED News. Thousands of restaurants are struggling to stay afloat during the pandemic, and many won't be able to pay rent. Even with the new relief bill. A look at the restaurant industry is coming up next on all things considered. Support for KQED comes from Silicon Valley Community Foundation, whose donors contributed $500 million to local nonprofits in 2020, including for pandemic relief. Area residents still need help to join these local efforts. Visit Silicon Valley CF Data Warg, Donate your vehicle to KQED and reroute your pollution with an environmentally responsible solution. 86% of a car can be recycled and reused. Donating helps remove your car responsibly and professionally. Kqed dot org's flash cars. The National Weather Service says.

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