Feb. 28, 2014

Issue #16

Editor's Note

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Get to Know Legislative Candidates through New League Questionnaire Tool

Recent government restructuring such as the top-two primary and new 12-year term limits have provided motivation for exploring new advocacy strategies. In 2014, the California Legislature will see its highest increase in new legislators in years.

Assembly, Senate, Action Item

League Offers Brown Bag Webinar on Minimizing CEQA Liability in Your Community

Register by March 17 at 5:00 p.m.

The League of California Cities is hosting a brown bag webinar on March 19 from 12:00–1:00 p.m. as a supplement to a February 2014 Western City article, Practical Advice for Minimizing CEQA Liability in Your City.

CEQA, Meetings and Events, Western City

CalPERS Considers Changes to Health Plan Regions, Winners and Losers Expected

Cities in Northern California Counties Can Participate in March 5 Meeting

During its Feb. 19 meeting, the CalPERS Pension and Health Benefits Committee considered staff recommendations for new health plan regions for contracting agencies effective Jan. 1, 2015. CalPERS states that these changes will “better reflect variation in health care costs,” however, the reorganization’s impact may create winners and losers.

Pension Reform, Meetings and Events

The Health Policy Research Division of CalPERS Will be Holding Focus Groups to Solicit Feedback on the CalPERS Health Benefits Program

Focus Groups Scheduled for Glendale, Walnut Creek and Sacramento

As part of the Public Agency Flexibility effort, CalPERS will be holding health benefits focus groups for employers over the next couple of months. The sessions will be an opportunity to learn more about employers’ experiences and views on the CalPERS Health Benefits Program. CalPERS is soliciting employers’ feedback on what it can do to better serve your agency’s health benefits needs and will use this information to evaluate how its current health benefit design and legislative requirements align with employer needs. If necessary, they will then develop alternatives for the CalPERS Board of Administration to consider.

Pension Reform, Meetings and Events

DGS Will Offer Water Conservation Training for Government Facilities on March 12

City officials are invited to join the Department of General Services (DGS) for a free Water Conservation Training for Government Facilities on Wednesday, March 12. The training is also available via webinar for those who are unable to travel to the event in West Sacramento. This training is designed for facility operators, managers, engineers, technicians and grounds personnel. 

Water, Meetings and Events

Green California Summit Set for April 8–9 in Sacramento

The Green California Summit, the state’s largest annual event highlighting innovations in green policy, practice and technology, comes again to the Sacramento Convention Center on April 8–9. Pre-summit training workshops on April 7 will address Proposition 39, updated building and energy codes, and best practices for fleet management. 

Environmental Quality, ILG, Meetings and Events
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