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Legislature Passes Pension Reform, Sends AB 340 to Governor for Signature

August 31, 2012
On the final day of the 2012 Legislative Session the Legislature passed AB 340 (Furutani), the League-supported pension reform measure. Action in both houses commenced in the afternoon with both the Assembly and Senate passing the measure by large margins.

Workers’ Comp Legislation Passes, Moves To Governor For Signature

August 31, 2012
This evening, the Legislature passed SB 863 (De León), the workers’ compensation bill that would both increase benefits to injured workers and is intended lower costs for employers. Gov. Jerry Brown vetoed workers’ compensation legislation last year calling for more significant reform.

Request for Signature Letters Needed on SB 214

August 31, 2012
On Thursday, League-supported SB 214 (Wolk) was passed in the Senate with a 22 – 15  vote, sending it to Gov. Jerry Brown. SB 214 makes important changes to existing Infrastructure Financing District (IFD) law and will enable IFDs to become a more helpful financing tool for a wide variety of local infrastructure.

League Urges Governor to Veto Bill that Would Require Cities to Issue Permits for Cottage Food Operations

August 31, 2012
Amendments to AB 1616 (Gatto), just taken on Aug. 24, would require cities to issue permits to cottage home-based food businesses.

Free Webinar on New Sustainable Energy Bond Program for Public Agencies Scheduled for Sept. 13

August 31, 2012
The California Statewide Communities Development Authority, in conjunction with the Foundation for Renewable Energy and Environment, is offering a free webinar to provide public agencies and nonprofit organizations in California access to tax exempt financing for critical sustainable energy projects. 

California Civic Engagement Project Releases Policy Brief on Latino and Asian Voter Registration

August 31, 2012
California Latino and Asian voter registration rates are the focus of the first policy brief released by the California Civic Engagement.


League of California Cities Board of Directors Votes to Support the Pension Reform Proposal

August 30, 2012
Today in a special meeting, the League of California Cities board of directors adopted the following motion concerning the recent pension reform proposal:

End of Session Bill Status Report

August 30, 2012
This year the League has been tracking a number of major bills which affect cities as reflected in its updated Aug. 10 Major Bills List. This week, the League also published a list of gut and amends that affect cities. The following actions have occurred for the bills the League is tracking.

Governor and Democrats Come to Pension Reform Agreement, Conference Committee Expected to Meet Later Today

August 28, 2012
Earlier today Gov. Jerry Brown held a news conference in Los Angeles to announce that he and legislative Democrats had reached an agreement on pension reform. His office simultaneously issued a news release outlining the proposals components, through actual language has yet to be released.

Updated Gut and Amend Report: Tuesday, Aug. 28

August 28, 2012
On Monday, Aug. 27, the League reported on a number of gut and amend bills being analyzed by League staff for potential impacts to cities. Since then the following updates have occurred.

Bills on the Floor: Aug. 27-31

August 27, 2012
This is the last week of the Legislative session and many of the bills the League has been tracking in committees this year are on the Senate or Assembly floor awaiting action. The Senate convened at 12 p.m. today, while the Assembly met at 1 p.m.

Gut and Amend Report: Monday, Aug. 27

August 27, 2012
The last week of session is typically filled with last minute gut and amends. This year is no different. The following bills are still being analyzed by League staff for potential impacts to cities.

SB 1186 Addressing ADA Lawsuits Expected to Move Quickly Through the Legislature

August 24, 2012
For the better part of a year, the League has been involved in a working group assembled to address issues surrounding the abuse of ADA lawsuits. SB 1186 (Steinberg), the vehicle for these solutions, will most likely be amended today and heard in the Assembly Judiciary Committee on Tuesday or Wednesday next week.

Big Win on AB 1551 Accident Liability Bill, AB 2451 Death Benefits Bill Moves to Assembly

August 24, 2012
It was a big win for cities Thursday when League-opposed hot bill AB 1551 (Torres) was amended to address an unrelated housing issue. While AB 2451 (Pérez) another priority bill is still moving after being passed in the Senate this week.

RFP Released for City Gang Intervention, Reduction and Prevention (CalGRIP) Grants

August 24, 2012
The Board of State and Community Corrections (BSCC) released the FY 2012-14 RFP for the state CalGRIP grants. Applications are now available online and are due in early October.

Cal EMA Launches Monthly Office of Grants Newsletter

August 24, 2012
The California Emergency Management Agency (CalEMA) has launched a new Office of Grants Management newsletter featuring updates on current programs, success stories, highlights, upcoming events and funding opportunities.

SB 214 Passed in Assembly Local Government Committee

August 24, 2012
This week, SB 214 (Wolk) was passed in the Assembly Local Government Committee.

Jurupa Valley: The Last City in California?

August 24, 2012
Don't miss this article in Western City magazine.

Amended Bill Expanding Public Safety Death Benefits Still Poses New Costs on Public Employers

August 22, 2012
Amendments taken to AB 2451 (Pérez) on Monday do not adequately address concerns over the new costs this bill would impose on public employers at a time when public agencies can least afford them. Consequently, the League remains opposed. AB 2451 is on third Senate reading and may be heard this week.
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