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CalPERS Works to Interpret and Implement Pension Reform, Emergency Regulations Likely to be Adopted

September 24, 2012
On Sept. 12, Gov. Jerry Brown signed League-supported pension reform legislation AB 340 (Furutani) into law.

White House Office of Management and Budget Release “Sequestration” Report with Details on Potential $109 billion in Federal Program Cuts

September 24, 2012
The White House Office of Management and Budget (OMB) issued a report earlier this month detailing potential federal cuts of approximately $109 billion that would be triggered if Congress fails to act on a plan to reduce the deficit by $1.2 trillion in accordance with the Budget Control Act of 2011. Also referred to as “sequestration,” the act would impose a 9.4 percent reduction in non-exempt discretionary funding and an 8.2 percent reduction in non-exempt, nondefense discretionary funding.

Many Bills Await Action by Gov. Jerry Brown

September 21, 2012
Gov. Jerry Brown has until Sept. 30 to take action on hundreds of bills passed by the Legislature and sent to his desk. On Sept. 4, the League published a comprehensive list of bills of interest to cities and on Sept. 14 published subsequent actions taken by the Governor.

Governor Appoints New GO-Biz Team, Signs Legislation to Reopen International Trade Offices

September 21, 2012
Since Gov. Jerry Brown took office, city officials have wondered, what, if any, were the Governor’s concerns and priorities for economic development.

HCD Announces Extended Deadline for Submission of Geographically-Targeted Economic Development Areas (G-TEDAs) Biennial Reports

September 21, 2012
The Department of Housing and Economic Development’s (HCD) Geographically-Targeted Economic Development Areas (G-TEDAs) biennial reports for FY 2009-10 and FY 2010-11 are due, as required by statute, by Oct. 1.

CaliforniaCityFinance.com Releases Summary of Proposed Local Revenue Measures

September 21, 2012
Voters in the Nov. 6 California presidential election will also decide on more than 350 local measures.

Register Now for 2012 Municipal Finance Institute, Nov. 28 – 29 in San Jose

September 21, 2012
Mark your calendars and register now for the League’s Municipal Finance Institute. This annual event is designed for finance officers, city treasurers, city managers and city staff who manage public finances for their cities.

League to Host Free Webinar on New California Solar Permitting Guidebook

September 21, 2012
On Oct. 2, the League will be offering a free webinar to members and partners to review the new California Solar Permitting Guidebook recently released by Gov. Jerry Brown’s Office of Planning and Research. 


Governor Vetoes Bill to Restore VLF Funds to Recently Incorporated Cities

September 20, 2012
Late Wednesday, Gov. Jerry Brown vetoed AB 1098 (Carter), a bill that would have restored approximately $18 million in vehicle license fees (VLF) to four recently incorporated cities in Riverside County, as well as various cities that had annexed inhabited areas after 2004.

Online Retailers Begin to Collect Use Tax Under Last Year’s AB 155

September 20, 2012
As of Saturday, Sept. 15, Amazon and other online retailers began collecting use tax, including the local transactions and use tax rates (add-on sales tax rates), in compliance with last year’s AB155 (Calderon; 2011).

Bills Still Awaiting Action by Gov. Jerry Brown

September 14, 2012
On Monday, Sept. 4, following the final night of the 2011-12 legislative session on Friday, Aug. 30, the League published a comprehensive list of bills of interest to cities which were passed by the Legislature and sent to Gov. Jerry Brown for action. City officials are still encouraged to immediately send request for signature or veto letters as indicated below, as the Governor could take action at any time before his Sept. 30 deadline.

Registration is Now Open for 2012 City Clerk’s New Law & Elections Seminar

September 14, 2012
Mark your calendars and register today for the 2012 City Clerks' New Law and Elections Seminar, scheduled for Nov. 28 – 30 in San Jose.

California Civic Engagement Project Release First in series of Policy Briefs

September 14, 2012
The UC Davis Center for Regional Change California Civic Engagement Project has released the first in a series of policy briefs.


SB 214 (Wolk) Is Most Useful Tool on Governor’s Desk for Infrastructure Development

September 13, 2012
Gov. Jerry Brown will soon be making decisions on three bills on his desk that offer local agencies options to develop infrastructure and promote economic development in the wake of the loss of redevelopment.

2012 Annual Conference Wrap-Up

September 13, 2012
This year’s Annual Conference & Expo was held in San Diego on Sept. 5 – 7. Sessions covered a wide variety of topics. As expected, some of the “hot topic” sessions focused on pensions and pension reform, economic development and post-redevelopment tools, municipal finances and bankruptcy, and social media.

Governor Signs Historic Pension Reform Legislation Today

September 12, 2012
This morning, Gov. Jerry Brown signed AB 340 (Furutani), the League-supported pension reform legislation passed by the Legislature with large margins on the last night of session.

League Urges Gov. Jerry Brown to Veto “Cottage Food” Bill AB 1616

September 12, 2012
The League has requested that the Governor veto AB 1616 (Gatto), which would require cities to issue permits to “cottage food operations” that operate out of a residence and deem them to be a permitted use of residential property for local zoning, building, and fire codes. Cities are encouraged to also send veto request letters immediately.

League Board Takes Action on Statewide Ballot Measures

September 10, 2012
Five ballot measures on the November 2012 statewide ballot were considered by the League board of directors during its meeting in San Diego on Sept. 6, in conjunction with the Annual Conference.
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