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Support Letters Needed Immediately for SB 184 to Protect Inclusionary Housing Programs and Help Create Affordable Housing

January 13, 2012
Last year, Sen. Mark Leno (D-San Francisco) introduced SB 184 to allow cities to adopt inclusionary housing ordinances after an appellate court decision in Palmer/Sixth Street Properties L.P. v. City of Los Angeles effectively eliminated cities' traditional authority under a broad interpretation of the Costa-Hawkins Act. Unless the Legislature acts on SB 184 by Jan. 31, now a two-year bill, it will die. SB 184 is currently awaiting action on the Senate floor.

Redevelopment Dissolution Information and Resources Webpage Now Available

January 13, 2012
The League has created a new webpage dedicated to providing guidance to cities on redevelopment dissolution and information about legislative efforts to postpone dissolution, and create new economic development programs.

Broad Coalition Urges Quick Passage of SB 659 (Padilla) to Postpone Dissolution of Redevelopment on Feb. 1, 2012

January 13, 2012
Temporarily Postponing Feb. 1 Deadline for Dissolution of Agencies Will Help Mitigate Litigation and Uncertainty and Provide Time to Fix Problems with Implementing Legislation Labor groups, public safety advocates, business groups, local government, housing advocates and community groups today urged the Legislature to quickly pass and Gov. Jerry Brown to sign SB 659 (Padilla). The bill postpones the Feb. 1, 2012 deadline to begin dissolution of redevelopment agencies. The postponement until April 15, 2012 will give a needed pause to address and fix many of the implementation issues that have come up as the result of AB x 1 26, the bill governing elimination of redevelopment agencies.

Federal Webinar to be Held This Wednesday on Rules Governing Employment of Individuals With Disabilities by Federal Contractors

January 9, 2012
In December, the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) issued its notice of proposed rulemaking to update and improve the rules governing employment of individuals with disabilities by federal contractors. This week, DOL announced that it will host a free webinar on Jan. 11 entitled "Affirmative Action and Nondiscrimination Obligations of Contractors and Subcontractors Regarding Individuals With Disabilities" to discuss the proposed changes which would make substantial changes the rules governing Section 503 of the Rehabilitation Act.

This Month in Western City Magazine

January 6, 2012
Don't miss these stories from the January issue of Western City magazine.

Registration Now Open for The Municipal Law Institute Symposium at Stanford Law School on Feb. 10

January 6, 2012
Earn 5.5 Hours of MCLE Credit The Municipal Law Institute Committee of the City Attorneys' Department of the League will hold its annual Symposium on Friday, Feb. 10, this year at Stanford Law School. The program, entitled "The Once and Future City: Transformation in an Era of Financial Challenges," will address how cities operate when financial resources are no longer available to provide services the public has come to expect. This Symposium is part of the Cities on the Cutting Edge program. Attendees will qualify for 5.5 hours of MCLE credit.

League Sends Letter to Governor Urging Legislation to Address Problems With Implementation of AB 1 x 26

January 5, 2012
Redevelopment agencies throughout California are required to shut down on Wednesday, Feb. 1 with the Legislature having chosen not to take up and pass SB 659 (Padilla).

Cities Wonder What's Next After Supreme Court Dissolves Redevelopment Agencies

January 5, 2012
League Continues Efforts to Protect Membership's Interests, Seeks Legislative Fix On Dec. 29, 2011 the California Supreme Court ruled on California Redevelopment Association (CRA) v. Ana Matosantos by upholding AB x1 26, the redevelopment elimination bill, and striking down AB x1 27, the bill which would have allowed redevelopment agencies to remain in operation as long as they made payments to the state. As it currently stands, redevelopment agencies will be dissolved on Feb. 1.

'Technical Glitch' Forces Early Release of Gov. Jerry Brown's FY 2012-13 State Budget Proposal

January 5, 2012
Just one day after sending a press release announcing that he would release the details of his FY 2012-13 state budget on Jan. 10, a "technical glitch" in which Gov. Jerry Brown's plan was apparently accidentally uploaded to the state's public budget website forced the Governor to release his proposal today. While there are many aspects of this budget which affect programs important to cities, there are no proposals to sweep revenue from local government.
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