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Newly Elected Legislators to Be Sworn in Today

December 3, 2012
Today, weeks after the election and several hotly contested races, 39 freshmen lawmakers will be sworn in for the 2013-14 legislative session.

League to Host Free SB 1186 Implementation Webinar

December 3, 2012
On Dec. 13, the League will host a free webinar for members and League partners on SB 1186 (Steinberg and Dutton) implementation. Among other things, SB 1186 requires cities to collect an additional $1 fee for a local business license, equivalent instrument or permit beginning Jan. 1, 2013. 

New California Representatives Serving on National League of Cities Board

December 3, 2012
On Dec. 1, the National League of Cities (NLC) announced it had elected its 2013 leadership including three new board members from California.

Supreme Court Declines to Hear Appeal of Costa Mesa Contracting Decision

November 30, 2012
The California Supreme Court on Wednesday declined to review a Court of Appeal decision that interpreted state law to limit how general law cities may contract for services.

Skepticism Remains High as LAO Report Predicts Future State Budget Surplus

November 30, 2012
Shortly before the Thanksgiving holiday, on Nov. 14, the Legislative Analyst’s Office (LAO) released its report “The 2013–14 Budget: California’s Fiscal Outlook,” calling California’s outlook promising and crediting the passage of Proposition 30, predicting a surprising multibillion-dollar surplus within a few years. The report indicates that despite these positive projections for the future, California still faces a deficit of $943 million in FY 2012–13.

Senate Innovation and Best Practices in State Government Committee Requests Local Government Representative to Testify at Hearing

November 30, 2012
On Thursday, Rancho Cordova City Manager Ted Gaebler testified before the Senate Committee on Excellence and Innovation in State Government discussing theories from his best-selling book “Reinventing Government.”

State Controller Addresses City Officials During League’s Municipal Finance Institute This Week in San Jose

November 30, 2012
On Wednesday, the League’s two-day Municipal Finance Institute kicked off with a crowded general luncheon presentation by state Controller John Chiang.

CalRecycle Announces Funding for Tire-Derived Aggregate Grant Program

November 30, 2012
CalRecycle’s Tire-Derived Aggregate (TDA) Grant Program has announced funding for FY 2012–13 and 2013–14 at $1,500,000 annually. Projects may be awarded up to the maximum award of $350,000, except for very large projects, which may be granted up to $750,000.

California Supreme Court Rules for Cities in How Payment to Counties is Calculated

November 20, 2012
Yesterday the California Supreme Court issued a unanimous decision in City of Alhambra v. County of Los Angeles, handing California cities an important victory.

League Board Adopts Resolution on Federal Sequestration

November 20, 2012
On Nov. 16, the League board of directors adopted a resolution opposing automatic across-the-board cuts through federal sequestration that will impact core local government programs.

2013 League Strategic Goals

November 16, 2012
Meeting in joint session Nov. 15 – 16 in Sacramento, the officers and directors of the divisions, departments, diversity caucuses, policy committees and board of directors of the League of California Cities adopted the following strategic goals for 2013.

League of California Cities Public Works Officers Institute

November 16, 2012
Register now for the 2013 Public Works Officers Institute.  Join public works directors, staff, and city/county engineers at this premiere conference on public works issues. 

City Managers’ Department Now Accepting Submissions for Three Department Awards

November 16, 2012
The League of California Cities’ City Managers’ Department annually presents three prestigious awards honoring distinguished members of the department. Please submit your applications by Dec. 14.

League of California Cities Conference and Education Update November 2012

November 16, 2012
The League’s 2013 Annual Conference & Expo will be held Sept. 18 – 20 in Sacramento. The League is currently accepting session ideas through its website. Submissions must include title (up to 10 words), description (100 words) and suggested speaker(s). 

City Managers’ Department Meeting Scholarship Deadline Wednesday, Nov. 21

November 16, 2012
The League of California Cities' City Managers’ Department will provide a select number of scholarships to Masters of Public Administration graduate students in California who wish to attend the City Managers’ Department Meeting in San Francisco from Jan. 30 – Feb. 1, 2013. 

State Water Board Seeks Comments on Draft Phase II Small MS4 General Permit

November 16, 2012
Today the State Water Board has released the draft Phase II Small MS4 general permit for a 30-day public comment period. The comment period will end on Dec. 17. 

New Rules Change Pension Liability Reporting

November 16, 2012
For the first time, the net pension liability will be shown on the face of every government’s financial statements. What does this mean for cities?

Voters Approve Governor’s Tax Measure

November 7, 2012
Gov. Jerry Brown held a press conference this morning to discuss election results, in particular the passage of his tax measure, Proposition 30.

71 Percent of Local Revenue Measures Approved

November 7, 2012
Of the 240 local tax and bond measures on yesterday’s ballot in California, 171 appear to have passed including 85 out of 106 school bonds and 52 out of 66 general taxes. 

Only Two Days Left to Register for League’s Legislative Briefings

November 5, 2012
The League is offering its annual Legislative Briefings on Nov. 13 from 10-11:30 a.m. via webinar and on Nov. 14 in Riverside from 9 a.m. – 12 p.m. The deadline to register for these meetings is Wednesday, Nov. 7 at 5 p.m.
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