City officials are encouraged to send request for signature or veto letters immediately, as the Governor could take action at any time before his Sept. 30 deadline. Some sample letters are available now. League legislative staff is en route to the Annual Conference & Expo in San Diego and will finalize any remaining sample letters by Friday, Sept. 7. Letters will be made available on the League’s website by typing the bill number into the search box.
In addition to sending letters to Gov. Brown requesting his signature or veto of the below bills, city officials can also alert their community to their position on important legislation by:
Converting letters to the Governor into a brief letter to the editor of your local newspaper;
Encouraging local newspapers to write an editorial; and
Reaching out to other community leaders and asking them to send a letter to the Governor.
The League’s regional public affairs managers are also available to be of assistance.
Request for Signature
AB 197 (Buchanan) Public Employee’ Retirement. This bill would implement technical cleanup to the pension reform package adopted with AB 340.
HOT BILL – SB 214 (Wolk) Infrastructure Financing Districts: Voter Approval: Repeal. This bill would remove the existing vote thresholds, authorizes rehabilitation and maintenance, and makes numerous other changes focused on making the tool more flexible. The author amended the bill to incorporate many amendments proposed by the League designed to make the bill more workable.
AB 340 (Furutani) Public Employees’ Retirement. This bill would enact comprehensive pension reform through the California Public Employees’ Pension Reform Act of 2013 (PEPRA).
SB 965 (Wright) State and Local Government. This bill would clarify that there is no prohibition on ex parte communications between members of the State Water Resources Control Board or the California Regional Water Quality Control Boards and the regulated community in connection with specific permit proceedings, including those involving the issuance or modification of general stormwater permits. The legislation will help cities communicate with water boards as permits are in development.
AB 1098 (Carter) Vehicle License Fees: Allocation. This bill would restore critical vehicle license fee (VLF) revenue to cities that have recently incorporated or annexed inhabited lands. AB 1098 does not restore all VLF funds swept under SB 89 (2011), but will restore funds for newly incorporated cities and cities with annexed inhabited lands. Cities considering annexation of inhabited areas should also support his legislation.
SB 1278 (Wolk) Planning and Zoning: Flood Protection: Sacramento-San Joaquin Valley. This bill would make changes to the 200-year flood requirements enacted in 2007, including addressing timing issues for cities and counties in the Sacramento-San Joaquin Valley (northern border of California down to Fresno) that are required to amend their general plan within 24 months of the adoption of the Central Valley Flood Protection Plan.
AB 1532 (Pérez) California Global Warming Solutions Act of 2006: Greenhouse Gas Reduction Fund. This bill would provide a long-term investment plan for Cap and Trade Auction revenues under AB 32. AB 1532 is the companion piece to SB 1572. The bill contains funding for local government transportation and energy efficiency projects, including funding for SB 375 implementation.
AB 1801 (Campos) Land Use: Fees. This bill would enhance current law with regard to solar residential building permit fees. AB 1801, coupled with the Office of Planning and Research California Solar Permitting Guidebook and the County Planning Directors California Solar Planning Guide, will provide a strong base of information and guidance for local agencies to appropriately permit residential solar systems.
AB 2366 (Eng) Vehicles: Equipment Violations: Parking Control Officers. This bill would update the state Vehicle Code related to “fix it” tickets making the basis for a penalty fine dependent on the type of violation instead of the type of issuing officer. AB 2366 would increase the penalty fine associated with a “fix it” ticket from $10 to $25 dollars when issued by a parking enforcement officer.
Request for Veto
AB 685 (Eng) State Water Policy. This bill would declare that it is the established policy of the state that every human being has the right to clean, affordable, and accessible water adequate for human consumption, cooking and sanitary purposes and that state agencies shall consider this policy when revising, adopting, or establishing policies, regulations and grant criteria. By declaring a “right to water” this statute could be used for years to leverage every municipal water and sanitation project and create turmoil in the state’s water rights system.
HOT BILL – SB 1222 (Leno) Solar Energy: Permits. This bill would place a cap on building permit fees on solar residential systems as well as require local agencies to provide a report to the California Energy Commission (CEC) no later than Dec. 1, 2013.
AB 1616 (Gatto) Food Safety: Cottage Food Operations. This bill would require local jurisdictions to either classify cottage food operations as a permitted use of residential property for zoning purposes or grant a nondiscretionary permit to use a residence as a cottage food operation. These food businesses would be deemed residential for the purposes of the State Uniform Building Standards Code and local building and fire codes.
AB 2031 (Fuentes) Probation: Community Corrections Program. This bill would expand membership on the local Community Corrections Partnerships and state Board of State and Community Corrections to include duplicative county sheriff and probation and social services representatives, further diluting the voice of cities.
AB 2298 (Solorio) Insurance: Public Safety Employees: Accidents. This bill would exempt certain public safety officers from a requirement to report accidents that occur in a personal vehicle to a personal insurance provider and instead report those accidents to the employer. This bill unnecessarily shifts the liability for automobile accidents from the employee to the employer.
AB 2451 (Pérez) Workers’ Compensation: Firefighters. This bill would dramatically increase workers’ compensation costs for local governments by doubling the four-and-a-half year statute of limitations for specified death benefit claims for firefighters and peace officers.
Request for Signature
AB 41 (Hill) High-Speed Rail Authority: Conflicts of Interest: Disqualifications. This bill would require High-Speed Rail Authority members and contractors to meet the same conflict of interest requirements as other governmental bodies, including city councils.
AB 890 (Olsen) Environment: CEQA Exemption: Roadway Improvement. This bill would exempt city roadway improvement projects from California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA) requirements if the project is within the existing right-of-way.
SB 1090 (Committee on Governance and Finance) Local Government: Omnibus Bill. This bill contains provisions which would alleviate uncertainty and confusion about recording city charter language by conforming the statutory requirements for submitting charter language to a county recorder by clarifying that the city charter language must be recorded in a county recorder’s office.
SB 1162 (Runner) Animal Control: Tranquilizers. This bill would permit an animal control officer, who has received necessary training and is authorized by their local agency, to administer a tranquilizer in emergency situations.
SB 1268 (Pavley) Energy: Energy Conservation Assistance. This bill would extend the sunset date for the Energy Conservation Assistance Account to January 2018 and the Local Jurisdiction Energy Assistance Account to January 2016.
SB 1387 (Emmerson) Metal Theft. This bill would provide an additional layer or protection for manhole covers, backflow devices, and fire hydrants and their fittings. The bill would require a written certification from the agency that owns or owned the item that state they have given permission for the specified item to be sold. This measure will make explicit which goods can be legally accepted by scrap metal recyclers and junk dealers, which will enhance enforcement efforts to crack down on metal thieves.
AB 1672 (Torres) Housing-Related Parks Program. This bill would modify the requirements in the Housing-Related Parks Program so that grants are based on the issuance of building permits as opposed to housing starts. The bill would also allow for additional bonus funds for jurisdictions that use the grant money for disadvantaged communities or park deficient communities.
AB 2246 (Pérez) Public Health: Food Access. This bill would require the California Healthy Food Financing Initiative Council to establish and maintain an Internet website to support access to healthy foods.
AB 2273 (Wieckowski) Common Interest Developments: Required Documents. This bill would require the sale of a common interest development property to be recorded within 30 days after the date of sale in the office of the county recorder where the property is located.
AB 2274 (Lara) Vexatious Litigants. This bill would reduce harassing tactics and frivolous claims by removing a loophole in protections afforded by the vexatious litigant statute. This bill allows legitimate claims to move forward, while giving judges stronger tools to control vexatious litigants.
AB 2515 (Hall) Indian Gaming: Local Agencies. This bill would appropriate $9.1 million from the tribal gaming Special Distribution Fund in mitigation grants to local governments with adjacent jurisdictions to tribal-owned casinos for public safety and infrastructure services.
Request for Veto
SB 192 (Committee on Governance and Finance) Validations. This is one of the annual validation bills that address various procedural and technical errors and omissions relating to governmental boundary and organizational changes. The League typically supports these bills. However, SB 192 was amended to exclude all actions by local redevelopment agencies. Never before has a validation act excluded one type of agency. SB 192 opens the door to future validation bills being used as leverage against other local agencies in the future.
AB 845 (Ma) Solid Waste: Place of Origin. This bill would prohibit an ordinance enacted by a city or county, including an ordinance enacted by initiative by the voters of a city or county, from otherwise restricting or limiting the importation of solid waste into a privately owned solid waste facility in that city or county based on place of origin.
AB 1687 (Fong) Workers’ Compensation. This bill would allow for the awarding of attorney fees when an injured worker receiving medical treatment on a future medical award is successful in overturning a utilization review (UR) decision at the Workers’ Compensation Appeals Board (WCAB).
AB 2389 (Lowenthal) Contractor Disclosure Requirements. This bill would require contractors that are required to enter a residence to provide services to adhere to specific uniform and vehicle disclosure requirements.