Jan. 23, 2014

Issue #6

Editor's Note

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Assembly Democratic Caucus Selects Assembly Member Toni Atkins as Next Speaker

Future Speaker Committed to Helping Cities Address Economic Development and Post-Redevelopment Issues

Rumors circulating around the Capitol were confirmed yesterday when the Assembly Democratic Caucus recommended that Assembly Member Toni Atkins (D-San Diego) be selected to succeed Speaker John Pérez (D-Los Angeles) who is termed out of office this year. With the Caucus’ recommendation, the final vote now goes to the full Assembly for consideration. The Democrats hold a super-majority in the Assembly so yesterday’s announcement essentially confirms Assembly Member Atkins’ ascent to Speaker.

Assembly, Legislation

Massage Therapy Certification Bill Heads to Assembly Floor

League-supported AB 1147 (Gomez) is now pending on the Assembly Floor after receiving bipartisan support this week from the Assembly Business, Professions and Consumer Protection Committee.

Public Safety, Land Use, Meetings and Events

Governor’s State of the State Celebrates Financial Recovery, Stresses Fiscal Restraint

Before both houses of the Legislature Wednesday morning, Gov. Jerry Brown delivered his 12th State of the State address. Joining the Legislature in the chambers yesterday were the state’s constitutional officers as well as various appointed officials. The address marked a milestone with Governor Brown now having delivered more State of the States than any California governor in history.

Assembly, Senate

New Brief Highlights California’s Future Electorate Through 2040

The California Civic Engagement Project (CCEP) of the UC Davis Center for Regional Change released a new policy brief entitled "Is Demography Political Destiny? Population Change and California's Future Electorate" that may be of interest to cities. The brief highlights research projecting the future age and racial composition of U.S. and California voters through election year 2040.

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