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League Board to Pursue Amendments to Possible California Forward Bill

May 1, 2012
Last Thursday, the League board of directors was updated on the ongoing discussions in League policy committees of the initiative in circulation by California Forward that would impose new budgeting responsibilities on cities and other local agencies and state government.

Bills in Committee: April 30 – May 4

April 30, 2012
In addition to its major bills, the League is also tracking a number of other bills of interest.

EPA to Host Webinar Series on Funding and Financing Clean Energy Programs

April 27, 2012
The Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) Local Government Climate and Energy Program has announced that it will host a three-part webinar series about funding and financing clean energy programs in May and June. The webinars will be held on May 16, May 30 and June 13.

Save the Date: Infrastructure Funding Fair on June 12

April 27, 2012
The State Water Resources Control Board has announced it will host an infrastructure funding fair on June 12 at the Los Angeles County Department of Public Works Building in Alhambra.

FPPC Issues Informal Advice Letter on Successor Agency and Oversight Board Conflict of Interest Issues

April 27, 2012
In response to numerous questions from city attorneys and city clerks, the League submitted a request for advice to the FPPC for guidance on complying with Political Reform Act.

ILG Offers Free Webinar on Climate Adaptation Planning Tools

April 27, 2012
The Institute for Local Government’s (ILG) Sustainable Communities Learning Network is hosting a free webinar on Tuesday, May 15, from 11 a.m. – 12 p.m. on “Climate Adaptation Planning Tools for California Local Governments”.

New Grant Pilot Program to Help Fund Affordable Housing Design

April 27, 2012
The Enterprise Community Partners’ National Design Initiatives is launching a new grant pilot program to help fund innovative design during the early stages of affordable housing development projects.

Registration Now Open for League’s 2012 Annual Conference & Expo

April 27, 2012
We are excited to announce that registration for the 2012 Annual Conference & Expo in San Diego is now open. 

CSCDA Community Benefit Report

April 27, 2012
The California Statewide Communities Development Authority (CSCDA), issued its Community Benefit Report for 2011.

This Month in Western City: New Gift Rules, HEAL Cities and Creating Healthy Communities

April 27, 2012
Don't miss these articles from the April issue of Western City.

Conference Committee Members Named for Federal Transportation Reauthorization

April 27, 2012
This week, Senate and House leadership released the names of conference committee members who will tackle the difficult task of negotiating a long term transportation authorization.

League Releases Fourth and Fifth Q & A Guide on Post-Redevelopment Legal Issues

April 27, 2012
The League has released the fourth and fifth in a series of question and answer guides to assist cities struggling with issues arising from ABx1 26, the redevelopment dissolution statute.

US EEOC Issues Enforcement Guidance on Employer Use of Arrest and Conviction Records

April 27, 2012
The U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) on Wednesday issued an update titled “Enforcement Guidance on Employer Use of Arrest and Conviction Records in Employment Decisions under Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964.” EEOC also issued a question and answer document about the report.

League’s Post-Redevelopment Working Group to Review Controller’s Letter on Transfer of Assets Request

April 26, 2012
The State Controller sent a letter to cities and counties earlier this week, ordering them to transfer assets to successor agencies that cities or counties may have received from their redevelopment agencies after Jan. 1, 2011. The extensiveness of this requirement has raised a number of questions from many local officials.

Governor Signs PLA Bill Targeting Charter Cities Despite League Request for Veto

April 26, 2012
On Thursday, Gov. Jerry Brown has signed League-opposed SB 829 (Rubio) prohibiting the use of state funds for any construction project in a charter city with a ban on project labor agreements (PLAs).

League Launches New Website

April 26, 2012
Tuesday the League launched its newly designed and reorganized website.

League Hosts Successful Legislative Action Days in Sacramento This Week

April 26, 2012
The League’s Legislative Action Days kicked off in Sacramento on Wednesday.

CSCDA Seeks Projects Located in Low Income Neighborhoods for Tax Credit Program

April 26, 2012
The California Statewide Communities Development Authority (CSCDA) can now facilitate investment in low-income communities through the use of New Markets Tax Credits (NMTC) and is currently seeking potential projects to include in the allocation pipeline.

League of California Cities' 2012 Major Bill List - April 24, 2012

April 24, 2012
The League revised its major bills list this week. The following list represents the bills that League staff is following closely.

Bills in Committee: April 23 – 27

April 23, 2012
It’s going to be very busy in the Capitol this week with the Legislature set to hear 665 bills in various committees by Thursday.
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