May 30, 2014

Issue #43

Editor's Note

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Budget Conference Committee Roster Announced

Members of the FY 2014-15 joint legislative Budget Conference Committee were announced this week as the constitutional budget deadline of June 15 quickly approaches. The Budget Conference Committee will begin meeting Friday, May 30 and is charged with reconciling the differences between the Senate and Assembly FY 2014-15 budget proposals into a single plan. The final plan will then be presented to the Legislature for approval.

State Budget, Assembly, Senate

ACTION: League Encourages City Officials to Submit Budget Action Letters

The League is calling on city officials to submit letters on pending budget actions related to transportation funding, mandate repayment and multifamily housing.

State Budget, Transportation, Revenue and Taxation, Housing

Water Infrastructure Bill Finally Clears Congress

Last week with large bipartisan majorities, the U.S. House and Senate passed the Water Resources Reform and Development Act (WRRDA) that will provide resources to upgrade the nation’s aging water infrastructure. The bill authorizes $12.3 billion for 34 new lock, dam, levee, port and ecosystem restoration projects and includes a new pilot program that makes loans available to local governments building large water and wastewater-related infrastructure projects and activities. The National League of Cities had advocated for the bill, which now awaits President Barack Obama’s signature.

Water, Legislation, Federal

Time to Register for the 2014 League of California Cities Annual Conference & Expo

Registration is officially open for the League of California Cities Annual Conference & Expo, Sept. 3-5 in Los Angeles.

Meetings and Events

CalPERS Dependent Eligibility Verification Cycle for Active Public Agency Employees Starts June 2

CalPERS Dependent Eligibility Verification (DEV) project is in full swing. This project will ensure that dependents enrolled in the Health Benefits Program are eligible to receive coverage. Due to the large volume of enrolled dependents in the program, verification is occurring over nine cycles. To date, three verification cycles have been completed, and two are currently in progress. The first five cycles focused on state actives and Retirees. The remaining cycles will include public agencies and school districts.

Employee Relations, City Managers

Silicon Valley Hosts NLC University Leadership Summit on Innovation

City leaders from around the country will learn new ways of driving innovation in their communities from top university experts, practitioners and industry leaders in Silicon Valley at the 2014 NLC University Leadership Summit. Focused on "Leading through Innovation," the National League of Cities (NLC) summit, scheduled for Aug. 13-16, will be hosted by the city of Mountain View and held in neighboring Santa Clara.

NLC, Technology, Meetings and Events

California City Solutions: Mammoth Lakes Creates Multi-Departmental Approach for TOT Enforcement and Collection

This story is part of an ongoing series featuring Helen Putnam Award entries. These entries are also now available on the League’s website as a resource for cities in a searchable database called California City Solutions. Mammoth Lakes’ TOT Enforcement & Revenue Collection Program was submitted in 2013 for the Internal Administration award category.

Helen Putnam, CA City Solutions, Revenue and Taxation
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