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Comprehensive Pension Reform Primer Released by League

October 30, 2012
The League has released a comprehensive primer on AB 340 (Furutani) as modified by AB 197 (Buchanan). The document is available on the League’s Pension Information Center.

Web Resources Now Available on SB 863 – Workers’ Compensation

October 26, 2012
The Department of Industrial Relations' (DIR) Division of Workers' Compensation (DWC) announced its newly developed web page including resources that will help answer questions about SB 863 (De León; 2012).    

U.S. EPA Announces $64 Million in Grant Funding for Brownfields Projects

October 26, 2012
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has announced an estimated $64 million in available funding for its brownfields assessment, cleanup, revolving loan fund and area-wide planning grants.

$10 Million in Environmental Enhancement and Mitigation Grants Now Available

October 26, 2012
The California Natural Resources Agency and Caltrans are offering $10 million in grants to local, state, and federal governmental agencies and non-profits for environmental enhancements and mitigation projects.

Call for Submissions – 2013 Annual Conference Logo Design Contest

October 26, 2012
Every year the League holds its annual conference logo design contest. The League’s 2013 Annual Conference & Expo will be held in Sacramento on Sept. 18-20. The winning entry will be selected in November.

New Paint Take-Back and Recycling Program Announced

October 26, 2012
On Oct. 19, CalRecycle announced the launch of California’s Paint Take-Back and Recycling program, which was mandated under AB 1343 (2010) requiring architectural paint manufacturers to set up and administer a system to properly manage leftover paint.

High-Tech Tools Enhance Public Safety

October 26, 2012
Read this article online now in Western City magazine.

League Releases Legislative Voting Record for 2012 Legislative Year

October 19, 2012
The League has completed its 2012 report reflecting legislator’s votes on significant bills during the 2012 Legislative year.

Don’t Miss the League’s 2013 City Managers Department Meeting

October 19, 2012
Now is the time to register for the League of California Cities’ 2013 City Managers’ Department meeting in San Francisco being held on Jan. 30 – Feb. 1, 2013.

Regulating How Local Agencies Are Lobbied

October 19, 2012
Read this article online now in Western City magazine.

League Lawsuit Challenging AB 1484 Moves Forward

October 12, 2012
On Sept. 24, the League of California Cities filed a complaint against the state and other defendants, challenging AB 1484, the redevelopment budget trailer bill. The lawsuit was filed in Sacramento Superior Court and has been assigned to Judge Michael Kenney.

Strategic Initiatives Task Force Holds First Meeting

October 12, 2012
Yesterday, the League Strategic Initiatives Task Force met for the first time at the League offices to consider a variety of policy and advocacy alternatives the organization could discuss with its membership over the next few months in order to secure a greater measure of home rule in the future.

League Hosted Webinar Outlines Pending Federal Program Cuts for California Communities

October 12, 2012
On Wednesday, the League hosted a free webinar to discuss the recent developments in the federal sequestration, or across-the-board budget cuts planned to take effect in January 2013, and how cities can take action to mitigate potentially significant losses to vital federally funded local programs.

League Education Update for October 2012

October 12, 2012
Did you miss the CityTalks at the 2012 Annual Conference & Expo in San Diego? Now you can watch video archives of CityTalks from the League’s website including the current video “Street Financing Techniques — Building Roads During Tough Times.”

California Civic Engagement Project Releases Second in Series of Policy Briefs

October 12, 2012
The UC Davis Center for Regional Change California Civic Engagement Project has released the second in a series of policy briefs.

Realignment: How Cities Can Recover Costs to Fight Crime

October 12, 2012
Realignment implementation is under way throughout California. During this process, if cities experience an increase in crime, they can draw on their own police powers and certain state laws to abate problems at essentially no cost other than (in some instances) staff time.

Financing Water and Wastewater Improvements Webinar

October 12, 2012
CSCDA, the League-sponsored California Statewide Communities Development Authority, will present an overview of its new Water and Wastewater Bond Program (WWBP) in a webinar on Tuesday, Oct. 16 at 10 a.m. 

Veto Messages on Infrastructure-Related Bills Point to Revisiting Issue in 2013

October 5, 2012
Veto messages are not usually the place to seek inspiration, but they can provide a window into a Governor’s thinking. So when Gov. Jerry Brown opted to veto all of the various infrastructure-related bills on his desk last week, including SB 214 (Wolk), which was supported by the League, it is worth reviewing these messages both for what they say and don’t say.

Cap and Trade Moves Forward

October 5, 2012
Beginning this fall, the State Air Resources Board (ARB) is running a Cap and Trade Auction that is projected in future years to provide a multi-billion annual revenue stream.

League Hosts Successful Webinar on Solar Permitting

October 5, 2012
On Tuesday, the League hosted a free webinar to discuss the new California Solar Permitting Guidebook recently released by Gov. Jerry Brown’s Office of Planning and Research (OPR).
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