Important News

Thank you to all the supporters of CA Cities for Local Control - WE ARE MAKING A DIFFERENCE!! We met on January 26th with the League of California Cities representatives to share the details of our efforts and success in working to protect local control. On February 17th, the League announced their "Position" on SB 9, a bill which would have greatly impacted local control if passed, and the League came out with the position of "OPPOSE Unless Amended" position. This is a complete reversal from their position on the previous version of this bill SB1120 from last year, where the League's position was "SUPPORT if amended". This is very good news! Thank you to all those elected officials who stepped out to support our effort!

For more information, please read the article Cal Cities opposes unless amended legislation seeking to increase density in single-family zoned neighborhoods without respect to locally adopted housing plans.


California Cities for Local Control, a grassroots organization founded in July 2020 by Torrance City Council Member Mike Griffiths, is an advocacy group for local control over zoning and land use decisions. Councilmember Griffiths has assembled a volunteer organization of several dozen people from all around California, including other elected officials, homeowner group representatives, city planners, and passionate homeowners, all sharing the common belief that Local Governments should remain the ultimate decision makers for how their communities are built.

Our volunteers are tasked to reach out to every elected Mayor and Councilmember for every city in California, and to identify those elected officials who feel the same way about how our cities are managed. We believe that joining like-minded elected officials together around a common mission will send a strong, united statement to those involved in the state bill-making process. This is a massive undertaking that no other organization has attempted. But we believe that the goal is worth this effort.


Our mission is to spread awareness and enlist support to ensure that Cities can continue to manage their own land use and zoning issues. We must not allow the State Legislature to mandate changes to our Cities that will remove local control and be detrimental to our communities.

We do this by reaching out to California City Elected Officials to educate and enlist them to our cause. Our activities include, but are not limited to, signing onto petitions, having Cities pass resolutions in support of our efforts, and seeking out allies for possible legal action against the State and/or to promote efforts for a ballot initiative to legislate the desired results.

With this alliance of City Elected Officials working together as one, we stand a better chance of having our message resonate loud and clear to all groups that proclaim to support us.

Please watch this 1 minute video sharing the reason CA Cities for Local Control was formed
Listen to the City of Covina discuss their support for CA Cities for Local Control
Listen to the City of Bellflower discuss their support for CA Cities for Local Control
Listen to the City of Anderson discuss their support for CA Cities for Local Control

For more videos, please visit our YouTube channel.

California Cities for Local Control - 2021