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March Policy Committee Summary

April 6, 2012

The League’s policy making process relies on the open participation of a diverse group of city officials from across the state. On March 29 – 30, the League’s eight standing policy committees met in Ontario. The committees took up a number of policy issues, some as informational items, and others as action items to be referred to the League’s board of directors. City officials were also briefed during a general session prior to each committee meeting on issues of statewide importance including redevelopment legislation, state budget issues and federal transportation reauthorization.

 

The League also hosted a Partners’ Program dinner on Thursday, March 29, which was attended by Sen. Robert Dutton (R-Inland Empire) and Sen. Bill Emmerson (R-Riverside). 

The following summaries represent the topics each policy committee discussed. More detailed policy committee meeting highlights will be available on each policy committee web page at a later date. 

For bill descriptions, please review the March 23 CA Cities Advocate story “League Releases Initial Bills of Interest for 2012.” Bill language can be found on the League’s website at www.cacities.org/billsearch by typing the bill number into the search box. 

Administrative Services: The committee heard from representatives from CA Forward Action Fund on its November ballot initiative, and received an update on new FPPC regulation changes. Legislative bills discussed included SB 1003 (Yee), SB 1110 (Rubio) and AB 2455 (Campos). After considerable discussion and debate, the committee tabled action on the CA Forward initiative discussion until June. 

Community Services: The committee heard a presentation on how to prepare for civil disturbances and reported progress on the Healthy Eating Active Living (HEAL) campaign. The legislative agenda included a discussion on AB 1897 (Campos) and AB 2246 (Pérez), as well as an update on state budget issues relating to state park closures and library funding. 

Employee Relations: The committee was presented with a side-by-side comparison of the League’s existing pension policies and Gov. Jerry Brown’s 12-Point Plan. Many of the Governor’s proposals are consistent with the League’s existing policy, but there are a couple of areas that differ greatly including cost sharing and hybrid plans. Legislative bills discussed included AB 1203 (Mendoza), AB 1551 (Torres), AB 1740 (M. Pérez), AB 1808 (Williams) and AB 1831 (Dickinson). 

Environmental Quality: The committee heard a presentation on Municipal Solar programs by city of Lancaster. The legislative agenda included a discussion on AB 1627 (Dickenson), an update on the Governor’s budget proposal to eliminate the mandate to have a certified local coastal program, an update on water quality bills pertaining to the State Water Board and the Governor’s proposal to overhaul the state’s Regional Water Quality Control Boards, a discussion on SB 974 (Simitian) relating to CEQA and a discussion on upcoming metal theft legislation. 

Housing, Community and Economic Development: Assembly Member Norma Torres (D-Pomona) spoke about economic development and post-redevelopment issues. Other legislative issues discussed included AB 1897 (Campos), AB 1627 (Dickinson), SB 1498 (Emmerson), AB 484 (Alejo), group homes, mobile homes, mortgage and foreclosure issues, and disability access. The committee also reviewed its 2012 Committee Work Program. 

Public Safety: The committee approved its 2012 Committee Work Program, heard a presentation on best practices to prepare for civil disturbances, and welcomed Assembly Member Norma Torres (D-Pomona) who discussed 9-1-1 emergency communication service and other public safety proposals. Legislative issues reviewed included AB 801 (Swanson), SB 1351 (Rubio), SB 1330 (Simitian), fireworks sales expansion and metal theft mitigation.   

Revenue and Taxation: After the general briefing, the committee continued discussion on the state budget. The League’s economic development task force report and the use tax subcommittee update were also discussed. The committee also heard from representatives from CA Forward Action Fund on its November ballot initiative. After considerable discussion and debate, the committee tabled action the CA Forward initiative discussion until June. 

Transportation, Communications and Public Works: The committee discussed the Governor’s proposal to reorganize the Business, Transportation and Housing Agency, the federal transportation reauthorization, and the current status of high speed rail. The committee also heard a presentation on Municipal Solar programs by city of Lancaster. Legislative issues discussed included AB 819 (Wieckowski), AB 1650 (Portantino), AB 1706 (Eng), AB 1897 (Campos), AB 2277 (Hueso), AB 2559 Buchanan, AB 1627 (Dickinson) and pending water quality legislation.

Next Steps

Any actions taken by the policy committees during the March meetings will be referred to the League’s board of directors for a formal vote at its next meeting on April 26 – 27 in Sacramento



 
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