Free Battery Program Provides Medical Baseline Customers More Resiliency by SCE

SCE customers who rely on power for their medical needs, live in a high fire risk area and are income-qualified may be eligible for a free, portable backup battery and solar panel.

All Californians need to be prepared for potential outages, especially those who rely on electricity for medical devices and equipment and live in a high fire risk area.

Southern California Edison’s Medical Baseline customers can now have greater peace of mind with a clean, portable backup battery, with renewable charging from an accompanying solar panel, through the utility’s Critical Care Backup Battery Program.

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Southern California Gas Company Sets Bold Net Zero Emissions Pledge

Southern California Gas Co. (SoCalGas), the largest gas utility in the U.S., announced today the company’s bold commitment to achieve net zero greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions in its operations and delivery of energy by 2045.

SoCalGas’ commitment makes them the largest North American gas distribution utility to set a net-zero target that includes scopes 1, 2, and 3 GHG emissions. They plan to reduce the company’s direct emissions and those generated by customers. This means not only will the trucks they drive, the buildings they own, and the pipelines they operate make this transition, but also the fuel they deliver to customers will be net zero emissions by 2045.

America’s decision to rejoin the Paris Climate Agreement reaffirms SoCalGas’ national commitment to a global clean energy future. California lawmakers have set even more ambitious goals – carbon neutrality across all sectors of the economy by 2045. SoCalGas supports these goals. As they take this journey to a cleaner energy future, it is vital that energy remain reliable and affordable for all Californians. No energy company is more dedicated to achieving this than SoCalGas.

SoCalGas’ commitment to net zero 2045 is a natural extension of our decades-long industry leadership. Since the passage of California’s landmark California’s Global Warming Solutions Act of 2006 (AB 32), their decarbonization, diversification, and digitalization efforts have supported the reduction of over 7 million metric tons of CO2e below our 1990 levels – the equivalent of removing 1.5 million cars from the road for a year.

SoCalGas invites you to read their Climate Commitment here and their press release announcing the news here.

You can follow their journey to net zero 2045 by visiting

LA County Assessor Homeowners Exemption and Proposition 19 Information

Please share the following content from the LA County Assessor on your City’s website and social media platforms: 


If you own a home and it is your principal place of residence on January 1, you may apply for an exemption of $7,000 from your assessed value. New property owners will automatically receive a Claim For Homeowners’ Property Tax Exemption. Homeowners’ Exemptions may also apply to a supplemental assessment if the prior owner did not claim the exemption. Further instructions are included with the claim form. Call 213.974-3211 or 1.888.807.2111 for forms and additional information.

Click the link to apply:


In November 2020, California voters passed Proposition 19, which makes changes to property tax benefits for families, seniors, severely disabled persons, and victims of natural disaster. These changes will become effective in February and April 2021, depending on the component of the measure.

“The implementation dates for Proposition 19 are fast approaching and my Office is working hard to inform the public about the changes that will occur. While there is still uncertainty about many components of the measure, this informational brochure will try and answer some of the basic elements of Proposition 19.”

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President’s Message: ICA’s 62nd Annual Winter Seminar Going Virtual

At our November Board of Directors’ meeting, Independent Cities Association (ICA) made the decision to hold our 62nd Annual Winter Seminar virtually due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. This year our virtual Winter Seminar will take place on Saturday February 20, 2021.

ICA’s Winter Seminar Committee, led by President-Elect Göran Eriksson, is already hard at work planning the sessions. We are planning another informative seminar with tangible resources that you can take back your cities. Check out the sessions on the events page and register here.

As Southern California’s premier educational association, ICA is looking forward to another engaging seminar with our elected officials and city staff. If you have any questions, please contact ICA at

Sean AshtonIn Service,
Sean Ashton
ICA President

Justice Ruth Bader-Ginsburg

We Mourn the loss of Justice Ruth Bader-Ginsburg

Today, the world lost a champion of the law and a fighter for equality. Justice Ruth Bader-Ginsburg not only helped shape the highest court in the land during her time on the bench, but shattered gender barriers, both professionally and personally, as she became a role model for young women everywhere. She was a force of nature – someone who made history with her opinions as well as her fiery dissents. I had a special affinity for Judge Ginsburg because she and I both studied at Lund University in Sweden. She conducted research and took part in a comparative project at Lund University in the early 1960s and subsequently published the book “Civil Procedure in Sweden” together with judge Anders Bruzelius. She was someone who made her mark everywhere she went, and the world is quite simply a better place because she was in it. Today is a sad day, but thanks to her tireless efforts to promote women’s rights, civil rights and LGBTQ rights, our country has moved forward. There is still much to accomplish, and all of us in elected office stand on her shoulders as we work to complete her unfinished work.

ICA Condems Shooting of Two LASD Deputies

PRESS RELEASE   |   September 13, 2020

Independent Cities Association (ICA) was heartbroken when it learned about the senseless ambush of two Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department deputies yesterday evening while sitting in their patrol vehicle at the Metro A (Blue) Line station in Compton.

On behalf of ICA, we would like to send our thought and prayers to the families of the deputies and to the Los Angeles Sheriff’s Department. We are all praying for a speedy recovery.

ICA and its member cities condemn this and all acts of violence. We also offer our support to help identify, locate, and prosecute the person who is responsible for such a deplorable act.

In Sympathy and Service,
Sean Ashton

ICA Installation Ceremony

PRESS RELEASE   |   September 10, 2020


This evening, the Honorable Sean K. Ashton was officially sworn in as the President of Independent Cities Association. Los Angeles County Supervisor Janice Hahn administered the Oath of Office in the City of Downey Council Chambers.  Ashton’s wife Tammy and their two sons, Dylan and Nolan attended the ceremony.  California State Senator Bob Archuleta also attended in person along with a few close friends. California State Assemblywoman Cristina Garcia also showed her support in virtual attendance.

Independent Cities Association (ICA) is a 501 (c)(3) nonprofit corporation founded in 1960 with over 40 member cities, representing more than 6.6 million residents.  ICA is the premier educational association in Los Angeles County.  ICA’s focus is to provide up to date information on issues important to cities like public safety, education, infrastructure, legislative advocacy, intergovernmental relationships, and other major issues that transcend the boundaries of its member cities.

“I am honored and humbled to be chosen to serve as ICA’s President by my colleagues,” said Ashton who has served on the ICA Board of Directors for over 5 years.  “I am looking forward to the challenge of leading this great organization during these uncertain times.”

“We are very pleased to have Sean take the reins of the Independent Cities Association. He will be the third President from Downey, following in the footsteps of former Mayors Barbara J. Riley and Mario Guerra, continuing the longstanding support for ICA’s service and representation to member cities,” said Interim Executive Director Sam Olivito. “Sean’s administration will take on the important issues facing local government with leadership and passion for finding the appropriate resolution for our member cities in Los Angeles County”

Along with Ashton, the 2020-21 Independent Cities Association Board of Directors includes:

  • President-Elect:  Göran Eriksson, Mayor, Culver City
  • Vice President: Nils Nehrenheim, Councilmember, Redondo Beach
  • Treasurer: Stacy Armato, Councilmember, Hermosa Beach
  • Secretary: Jack Hadjinian, Councilmember, Montebello
  • Past President: Richard Montgomery, Mayor, Manhattan Beach
  • Director: Marco Barcena, Councilmember, Bell Gardens
  • Director: Dr. Julian Gold, Councilmember, Beverly Hills
  • Director: Tana McCoy, Councilmember, Compton
  • Director: Mark Henderson, Councilmember, Gardena
  • Director: David Fredendall, Councilmember, Glendora
  • Director: Roberto Uranga, Councilmember, Long Beach
  • Director: John Lee, Councilmember, Los Angeles
  • Director: Yvonne Yiu, Mayor Pro Tem, Monterey Park
  • Director: Robert Gonzales, Councilmember, San Fernando
  • Director: Jason Pu, Councilmember, San Gabriel