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MSRB Elects San Diego Chief Operating Officer Jay M. Goldstone as 2013 Board Chair

July 30, 2012
The Municipal Securities Rulemaking Board (MSRB) announced last week the names of its board of directors' officers for fiscal year 2013.

Local Leaders Invited to Join White House Local Innovation Call

July 30, 2012
Local government leaders and their staff are invited to a call with U.S. Chief Technology Officer Todd Park and Deputy Chief Technology Officer Chris Vein on Wednesday, Aug. 1 at 9:30 a.m. to discuss the Obama Administration’s innovation work with local governments and the open government innovation partnership.

AB 1050 Conference Call Set for Wednesday, Aug. 1

July 30, 2012
Join League staff for a discussion on AB 1050 (Ma), a bill that proposes to provide for a uniform collection of local and state taxes from consumers of prepaid communication services. 

Register Now to Attend the Los Angeles County Division Board Installation Reception and Ceremony

July 30, 2012
The city of Redondo Beach and the League of California Cities’ Los Angeles County Division invite you to attend the installation of the division's 2012-2013 Executive Board Members.

Build America Mutual Assurance Company Launches, Dedicated to Serving Municipal Markets

July 27, 2012
On July 23, Build America Mutual Assurance Company (BAM), announced its formation as the financial guaranty industry’s first mutual bond insurer dedicated to serving the U.S. municipal market.

CaliforniaCityFinance.com Posts New HUTA Estimates

July 27, 2012
CaliforniaCityFinance.com has posted new city-by-city and county-by-county revenue motor vehicle excise fuel tax, or Highway Users Tax Account (HUTA), estimates for FY 2011-12 and FY 2012-13. 

The Hit List from WesternCity.com

July 27, 2012
Western City magazine has compiled its most popular stories into a “Hit List” showing the top five articles on WesternCity.com during the past month. This list reflects the topics of greatest interest to California city officials during the month of July.

League Board Sends Five Initiatives from November Ballot to Policy Committees for Review

July 23, 2012
During its meeting last week in Manhattan Beach, the League board of directors voted to refer five of the 11 initiatives that have qualified for the November statewide ballot to one or more policy committees for review during the League annual conference on Sept. 5 in San Diego.

DOF Commits That Errors in July “True-Up” Billings Will Be Corrected

July 23, 2012
On July 11, the League first reported that problems had arisen with the July 9 billings to successor agencies from county auditor-controllers that were based on “Exhibit 12” produced by the Department of Finance (DOF). City officials from throughout the state reported errors in the calculations made by DOF.

Fitch Completes Review of 62 California Redevelopment Agency Tax Allocation Bonds, Revises Ratings

July 23, 2012
Fitch Ratings has completed its comprehensive portfolio review of 62 ratings on tax allocation bond securities (TABs) issued by 36 former California redevelopment agencies. On Jan. 24, Fitch placed the TABs on Rating Watch Negative following the implementation of AB 1x26, which dissolved redevelopment agencies statewide.

League Board Authorizes Staff to Implement Plans to Challenge AB 1484, Redevelopment Budget Trailer Bill

July 20, 2012
Meeting in Manhattan Beach on July 20, the League board of directors unanimously authorized the commencement of litigation in the League's name on behalf of the cities of California to challenge the constitutional validity of AB 1484, the controversial state budget trailer bill that authorizes the state Department of Finance to "claw-back" city sales taxes and city property taxes to satisfy the state's funding demands imposed on legally separate redevelopment successor agencies by AB 1484. The authorization covered possible intervention in an action filed by member city/cities or successor agency/agencies or the filing of a separate legal action.

League Board of Directors Adopts Resolution Congratulating Cities for Continuing to Adhere to All Provisions in the Brown Act Despite State’s Decision to Suspend Certain Requirements for Fiscal Reasons

July 20, 2012
At its meeting in Manhattan Beach today, the board of directors of the League of California Cities adopted a resolution congratulating cities for their continued faithful compliance with the requirements of the Ralph M. Brown Act even though the Legislature has suspended several of its provisions for three years.

Five Resolutions Submitted for Annual Conference

July 20, 2012
This year, the League of California Cities received five resolutions on topics including emergency preparedness, revenue collection, and environmental protection laws.

League Partner Program to Host Free Disaster Preparedness Webinar on Aug. 1

July 20, 2012
In December 2011, much of Southern California was hit with record wind storms that uprooted trees, downed power lines and cut off city services. The League Partner Program is holding a webinar that will examine the lessons learned from this disaster in the areas of disaster communications, staff and community training, inter-agency cooperation, and emergency operations management.

Deadline Approaching to Designate Your City’s Voting Delegate for the League’s Annual Business Meeting

July 20, 2012
The deadline for voting delegate forms for the League’s Annual Business Meeting at the League’s Annual Conference & Expo in San Diego is approaching soon.

Best Best & Krieger to Host Free Webinar on Health Care Law

July 20, 2012
Best Best & Krieger has announced it will host a free webinar to discuss the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act and requirements for employers.

U.S. Department of Energy Consortium to Host LED Street Lighting Workshop

July 20, 2012
On Aug. 2 – 3 the U.S. Department of Energy’s Municipal Solid-State Street Lighting (MSSL) Consortium and the city of Boston will host an LED Street Lighting Workshop. The workshop is open to city officials, utility officials, consultants and energy efficiency organizations.

Cities Mobilize, Innovate and More: This Month in Western City Magazine

July 20, 2012
Don’t miss these articles in the July issue of Western City.

AB 1484 Penalties Likely to be Delayed Until August

July 18, 2012
AB 1484, the redevelopment trailer bill, required successor agencies to remit payments by July 12 or be subject to penalties including the withholding of sales and use tax revenues beginning today.  However, due to the strict time frame it appears that the Board of Equalization (BOE) will not make adjustments until August.

Governor Signs Legislation Disqualifying Public Employees Convicted of Felony Counts

July 13, 2012
On July 9, Gov. Jerry Brown signed AB 1654 (Cook) into law.
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