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League Removes Opposition on Bill Amending Public Records Act

August 22, 2012
The League has removed its opposition and taken a neutral position on SB 1002 (Yee) after it was amended on Monday, Aug. 20.

Reminder for Cities: Frontline Police Grants Still Pending, Subject to Trigger Cuts

August 22, 2012
Cities wondering about the status of the frontline city police department grants totaling $20 million in Gov. Jerry Brown’s final FY 2012-13 Budget will not have an answer until later in the year when the fate of the Governor’s temporary tax increase ballot measure is determined by California’s voters. The grants are included in the list of trigger cuts that will go into effect should the Governor’s tax measure fail passage.

Moody’s Report on California Cities' Fiscal Vulnerability Issued

August 20, 2012
Moody’s Investor Services issued a report on Aug. 17 entitled, “Why Some California Cities Are Choosing Bankruptcy,” that examines the growing fiscal pressure on California cities that have prompted four cities (out of 482) to seek Chapter 9 federal bankruptcy protection recently — three in the last few months.

Bills in Committee and On the Floor: Aug. 20 – 24

August 20, 2012
With only 10 working days until the end of the session, 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 will meet at 2:30 p.m.

Cities Encouraged Review and Comment on HCD Draft Housing Element Guidance

August 20, 2012
Last week, the Department of Housing and Community Development (HCD) released its Draft Housing Element Update Guidance and is now soliciting public comment. The comment period will be open until Sept. 17.

Bond Insurer Sues California Over Redevelopment Agency Dissolution

August 17, 2012
On Aug. 1, Bond insurer Syncora Guarantee filed a lawsuit in the Sacramento County  Superior Court claiming that the dissolution of California’s 400 redevelopment agencies violates contractual rights and short-changes bondholders and insurers.

League-Opposed Fireworks Bill Fizzles

August 17, 2012
SB 1468 (Calderon), which would have expanded fireworks sales to New Year’s Eve, was held in suspense during yesterday’s Assembly Appropriations Committee. The bill is not expected to move forward this session.

League to Host Free End of Session Sign/Veto Webinar

August 17, 2012
With the Legislative session ending on Aug. 31, the League plans to host a free webinar on Thursday, Aug. 23 for members and partners to review the top priority bills for which cities should send signature or veto letters to Gov. Jerry Brown.

BBK to Host Free Municipal Bankruptcy Webinar on Aug. 22

August 17, 2012
League partner Best Best & Krieger (BBK) has announced it will host a free webinar on municipal bankruptcy, called “Understanding and Avoiding Municipal Bankruptcy: An Overview for Public Agencies.” 

Play Streets Program Offering City Funding Opportunity

August 17, 2012
The Partnership for a Healthier America (PHA) invites cities and towns across the nation to apply for $50,000 in funding to encourage and increase physical activity among kids and emphasize family and social cohesion as part of its Play Streets program.

Understanding Local Lobbying Regulations, Key Issues When Hiring CalPERS Retirees and More

August 17, 2012
Don't miss these articles in the August issue of Western City magazine.

Appropriations Updates: Bad Sidewalk Repair Bill Held, Open Data Bill Amended, Others Moving Forward

August 16, 2012
Today, both the Senate and Assembly Appropriations Committees met and took up a number of regular order business items, as well as their suspense files.

League-Opposed AB 2451 Seeks to Expand Public Safety Death Benefits

August 14, 2012
Despite discussions with the author’s staff and sponsors over the last several months, the League remains opposed to AB 2451 (Pérez) because it would dramatically increase workers’ compensation costs for local governments by removing the four-and-a-half year statute of limitations for presumptive death benefit claims for firefighters and peace officers.

Letters Needed for League-Supported AB 2037

August 14, 2012
Given the state’s budget problems it may be difficult to envision how a state tax credit bill might be enacted this year. Yet, AB 2037 has secured bi-partisan support and seems to still have a chance of moving this year because it proposes to reallocate some unused tax credits for another purpose.

Bills in Committee: Aug. 13 – 17

August 13, 2012
The following list represents the bills scheduled for hearing this week for which the League currently has a position.

The League and City Officials Respond to Inaccurate Los Angeles Times Editorial on Fiscal Viability of New Cities

August 10, 2012
The Los Angeles Times editorial “New cities? Not now”, which ran on Aug. 3, grossly misunderstood the context and state laws that dictate the dispersal of vehicle license fee (VLF) dollars to established and newly incorporated cities.

League of California Cities’ 2012 Major Bill List – Aug. 10, 2012

August 10, 2012
The League revised its major bills list this week. The following list represents the bills that League staff is following closely.

New Solar Permitting Guide Available

August 10, 2012
The Governor’s Office of Planning and Research (OPR) has been working to remove barriers that constrain the expansion of small-scale renewables, as California strives to meet its goal of 12,000 megawatts of small-scale renewable energy.

ILG Releases New Publication on SB 375

August 10, 2012
The Institute for Local Government (ILG) has released its newest publication, “Understanding SB 375: Opportunities to Engage the Public in Regional Planning.”

City of Palm Desert Rallies Cities to Comment on Proposed Federal Regulations on PACE Program

August 10, 2012
The deadline to comment on underwriting standards for the Federal National Mortgage Association (Fannie Mae) and Federal Home one Mortgage Corporation (Freddie Mac) relating to mortgage assets affected by Property Assessed Clean Energy Programs (PACE) has been extended from June 30 to Sept. 13.
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