May 2, 2013

Issue #47

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Economic Development, Realignment, CalPERS Sustainability and League Bylaw Amendments Top League Board Agenda Last Week

Bylaw Amendments Pass Overwhelmingly

Meeting in Sacramento on April 25, the League board of directors tackled a full agenda of business that included meetings with Gov. Jerry Brown and CalPERS CEO Anne Stausboll.

Board, Economic Development, Employee Relations, Pension Reform

Action in the Capitol This Week on Economic Development, Redevelopment and Enterprise Zones

This week was one of the of the busiest for policy committees in the Capitol with a few dozen important bills for cities including several addressing post redevelopment, economic development and enterprise zones.

Economic Development, Redevelopment

Despite League Opposition Labor-Sponsored Bills Continue to Move in Legislature

AB 1373, AB 537, AB 616

City labor relations rules and practices were under attack in the past two weeks as labor-sponsored bills were heard in both the Assembly and Senate. 

City Managers, City Attorneys, Administrative Services, Employee Relations, Personnel & Employee Relations

Measure to Increase Legislative Transparency Sent to Suspense File

City officials have heard much from the Legislature in recent years about the need to increase transparency at the local level, and have made enormous strides, yet when it comes to a measure that would ensure that bills be in print for at least three days prior to a final vote they feel differently.

Open Government

League Testifies in Opposition to Bill That Extends Statute of Limitations for Challenges to Housing Elements, Ordinances and Programs

The League was one of a long line of organizations that spoke in opposition to AB 325 (Alejo) in the Housing and Community Development Committee hearing Wednesday morning.

Planning & Community Development, Housing, Land Use

Cap-and-Trade Auction Revenue Legislation on the Move

The League encourages cities to submit letters of support for AB 416 (Gordon) and AB 574 (Lowenthal), two bills that would appropriate Cap-and-Trade auction revenues to local agencies, including cities.

Environmental Quality, Cap-and-Trade, Transportation

Bill to Preempt Local Government Fails

The League achieved an important victory on Tuesday when AB 1337 (Allen) failed to pass out of the Assembly Natural Resources Committee without a single vote in support.

Environmental Quality

Two Priority "Oppose" Telecommunications Bills Fail to Move Forward

AB 162 (Holden) and AB 185 (Hernández) will not move forward this year.

City Managers, Telecommunications

League Annual Conference Registration Now Open

Early Bird Registration Ends June 28

It’s that time of the year — the League of California Cities Annual Conference & Expo is going to be here before you know it and registration is officially open.

Invest in Low-Income Neighborhoods through CSCDA

California Statewide Communities Development Authority (CSCDA) has secured an allocation of New Markets Tax Credits for investment in low-income communities in California.

City Managers, Fiscal Officers

Annual Conference Resolutions Due By July 20

The League will begin receiving resolutions on May 6. Resolutions to be considered at the 2013 Annual Conference must be received no later than midnight on Saturday, July 20.

League Policy

League’s Community Services Department Launches Historic Preservation Resources Webpage

To assist cities, the League’s Community Services Department has put together resources on historic preservation that are now available on the League’s website.

Community Services

The Hit List from

Western City magazine has compiled its most popular stories into a “Hit List” showing the top five articles on during the past month.

Western City

CoolCalifornia Funding Wizard – What Do You Think?

The CoolCalifornia FundingWizzard is requesting feedback.

Environmental Quality
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