SOURCE: League of California Cities

League of California Cities

June 23, 2009 17:14 ET Passes 500 Video Testimonial Milestone; Momentum Grows Opposing a State Budget Based on Raiding Local Funds

SACRAMENTO, CA--(Marketwire - June 23, 2009) - reached a monumental milestone today when the 500th video testimonial was loaded on the site which serves as a platform to tell policy makers how communities will be devastated if the state forces cities to bail the state out of its budget deficit. The site features local elected officials, as well as county officials, state legislators, members of labor and public safety groups and concerned citizens, all speaking out to save California cities. Launched by the League of California Cities in May, automatically sends each video to the legislators of the person who made it and Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger. In just its first two weeks alone, the site generated major news coverage including Greta Van Sustern on Fox News, the Drudge Report, KTVU, KCRA and major newspapers in California.

More than 8,000 visitors have already flocked to, spending an average of four minutes watching videos and exploring the resources. has also attracted considerable attention from the Legislature with a growing number of members making their own videos including: Senate Republican Leader Dennis Hollingsworth, Assembly Member Anna Caballero, Assembly Member Curt Hagman, Assembly Member Tom Berryhill, Sen. Jeff Denham, Sen. Dave Cogdill, Assembly Member Paul Cook and Assembly Member Van Tran. Republican Gubernatorial Candidate Tom Campbell has also posted a testimonial.

"The rapid takeoff of is testament to the fact that it is absolutely clear the level to which California communities would be devastated should the state use local funds to close the state's deficit. This site has power because it serves as an instant and real loud speaker of the people telling decision makers about the impacts a state raid would have at the local level," said Chris McKenzie, League of California Cities executive director.

Hundreds of creative and informative testimonials have flooded the Web site from across the state. Visitors to will find an interactive forum where they can search for videos relevant to their local community. The Web site also features a form for groups wanting to join the Save Your City Coalition and a tool kit with fact sheets for how budget cuts will affect the affordable housing community, public safety, the environment, labor, builders and business. In addition to the Save Your City Web site, the League has also launched a page for Save Your City on Facebook where fans can get the latest updates on the campaign and network with others who are concerned about the devastating impact a state raid of local property tax revenues would have on their city services.

Established in 1898, the League of California Cities is a nonprofit statewide association that advocates for cities with the state and federal governments and provides education and training services to elected and appointed city officials.

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