Oct. 3, 2014

Issue #93

Editor's Note

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California City Solutions: City of Weed Volunteers Bring Charm Back to Main Street, Future Is Bright

This story is part of an ongoing series featuring Helen Putnam Award entries. The 2014 entries will be added soon on the League’s website as a resource for cities in a searchable database called California City Solutions. Weed Pride was submitted in 2014 for the Enhancing Public Trust, Ethics, and Community Involvement award category.

Helen Putnam, CA City Solutions, Community Services

League Offers AB 1147 (Massage Therapy Act) Implementation Webinar

AB 1147 (Bonilla) was signed into law by Gov. Jerry Brown on Sept. 19 and goes into effect on Jan. 1, 2015. What does this change in law mean for cities? Many cities are considering updating their ordinances to reflect this new statute. The League is offering a webinar on the implementation of this new bill.

Meetings and Events, Massage Regulation

2015 City Managers Department Meeting Registration Now Open

Registration is now open for the 2015 City Managers Department Meeting, Jan. 28-30 in San Francisco.

City Managers, Meetings and Events

New Report Issued on Uncounted Vote-by-Mail Ballots

The California Civic Engagement Project (CCEP) of the UC Davis Center for Regional Change has recently released an issue brief examining California's vote-by-mail use, California's Uncounted Vote-By-Mail Ballots: Identifying Variation in County Processing. The brief highlights how and why many California mail ballots go uncounted (e.g., signature verification issues, postal issues) at the county level.  


CalPERS to Begin Verification Phase of Dependent Eligibility

Nov. 20 Deadline to Submit Fast Approaching

Beginning in July 2013, CalPERS and its contracted vendor, HMS Employer Solutions (HMS), began the verification phase of the Dependent Eligibility Verification (DEV) project. This project requires all CalPERS health plan subscribers with one or more dependents to provide supporting documentation to verify their dependents are eligible for the health benefits they have been receiving.

Employee Relations

Participate in Manage Your Money Week to Promote the Importance of Good Financial Management

The State Controller's Financial Literacy Advisory Committee is looking for partners to promote and participate in Manage Your Money Week (MYMW), Oct. 18-25. The committee is charged with developing strategies to improve financial literacy and is composed of leaders in financial education and asset building in the private and non-profit sector.

Municipal Finance

SCE and Bakersfield Work Together During Historic California Drought

The following is a guest article from Southern California Edison about the utility’s efforts to provide 1.5 billion gallons of water to help the city of Bakersfield get through the dry summer months.

League Partners, Water

DWR Releases Guidance on General Plan Amendments for Addressing Flood Risk

The California Department of Water Resources (DWR) has announced the release of the Guidance on General Plan Amendments for Addressing Flood Risk. Developed as an advisory resource, the Guidance provides technical assistance to cities and counties within the Sacramento-San Joaquin Valley when amending their general plans for compliance with California Government Code Section 65302.9 (SB 5 of 2007 as amended).

Meetings and Events, Water
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