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Two Days Remain for Gov. Jerry Brown to Take Action on Bills

September 28, 2012
This Sunday, Sept. 30 is the deadline for Gov. Jerry Brown to take action on the bills passed by the Legislature and sent to his desk at the end of August.  

Recently Signed Same-Day Voter Registration Law Will Not Affect 2012 Election

September 28, 2012
This week Gov. Jerry Brown signed AB 1436 (Feuer), which allows for same-day voter registration.

Governor Signs Animal Control Bill SB 1162 Giving Cities More Options in Emergency Situations

September 28, 2012
Wednesday afternoon, Gov. Jerry Brown signed SB 1162 (Runner).

Cal/EPA Still Seeks Input on Draft Environmental Health Screen Tool

September 28, 2012
On July 30, Cal/EPA released a draft of its California Communities Environmental Health Screening (CalEnviroScreen) Tool and is continuing to seek public input.

NLC to Spotlight Member Cities on Website

September 28, 2012
The National League of Cities (NLC) has announced plans to feature member cities for two weeks at a time on its website with a new program called Member Glance.

October Issue of Western City Magazine Online Now

September 28, 2012
Don’t miss these articles from the October issue of Western City.

Two Wins for Cities: Governor Signs League-Supported SB 965 and SB 1278

September 26, 2012
Yesterday, Gov. Jerry Brown signed League-supported bills, SB 965 (Wright) and SB 1278 (Wolk). Both of these bills were priorities for the League and will improve issues related to water regulation, permitting and planning.

League of California Cities Challenges Constitutionality of Portions of AB 1484, the Redevelopment Budget Trailer Law

September 24, 2012
Today the League of California Cities submitted a lawsuit for filing in the Sacramento County Superior Court challenging AB 1484, the 2012 redevelopment budget trailer bill.

CalPERS Works to Interpret and Implement Pension Reform, Emergency Regulations Likely to be Adopted

September 24, 2012
On Sept. 12, Gov. Jerry Brown signed League-supported pension reform legislation AB 340 (Furutani) into law.

White House Office of Management and Budget Release “Sequestration” Report with Details on Potential $109 billion in Federal Program Cuts

September 24, 2012
The White House Office of Management and Budget (OMB) issued a report earlier this month detailing potential federal cuts of approximately $109 billion that would be triggered if Congress fails to act on a plan to reduce the deficit by $1.2 trillion in accordance with the Budget Control Act of 2011. Also referred to as “sequestration,” the act would impose a 9.4 percent reduction in non-exempt discretionary funding and an 8.2 percent reduction in non-exempt, nondefense discretionary funding.

Many Bills Await Action by Gov. Jerry Brown

September 21, 2012
Gov. Jerry Brown has until Sept. 30 to take action on hundreds of bills passed by the Legislature and sent to his desk. On Sept. 4, the League published a comprehensive list of bills of interest to cities and on Sept. 14 published subsequent actions taken by the Governor.

Governor Appoints New GO-Biz Team, Signs Legislation to Reopen International Trade Offices

September 21, 2012
Since Gov. Jerry Brown took office, city officials have wondered, what, if any, were the Governor’s concerns and priorities for economic development.

HCD Announces Extended Deadline for Submission of Geographically-Targeted Economic Development Areas (G-TEDAs) Biennial Reports

September 21, 2012
The Department of Housing and Economic Development’s (HCD) Geographically-Targeted Economic Development Areas (G-TEDAs) biennial reports for FY 2009-10 and FY 2010-11 are due, as required by statute, by Oct. 1.

CaliforniaCityFinance.com Releases Summary of Proposed Local Revenue Measures

September 21, 2012
Voters in the Nov. 6 California presidential election will also decide on more than 350 local measures.

Register Now for 2012 Municipal Finance Institute, Nov. 28 – 29 in San Jose

September 21, 2012
Mark your calendars and register now for the League’s Municipal Finance Institute. This annual event is designed for finance officers, city treasurers, city managers and city staff who manage public finances for their cities.

League to Host Free Webinar on New California Solar Permitting Guidebook

September 21, 2012
On Oct. 2, the League will be offering a free webinar to members and partners to review the new California Solar Permitting Guidebook recently released by Gov. Jerry Brown’s Office of Planning and Research. 


Governor Vetoes Bill to Restore VLF Funds to Recently Incorporated Cities

September 20, 2012
Late Wednesday, Gov. Jerry Brown vetoed AB 1098 (Carter), a bill that would have restored approximately $18 million in vehicle license fees (VLF) to four recently incorporated cities in Riverside County, as well as various cities that had annexed inhabited areas after 2004.

Online Retailers Begin to Collect Use Tax Under Last Year’s AB 155

September 20, 2012
As of Saturday, Sept. 15, Amazon and other online retailers began collecting use tax, including the local transactions and use tax rates (add-on sales tax rates), in compliance with last year’s AB155 (Calderon; 2011).

Bills Still Awaiting Action by Gov. Jerry Brown

September 14, 2012
On Monday, Sept. 4, following the final night of the 2011-12 legislative session on Friday, Aug. 30, the League published a comprehensive list of bills of interest to cities which were passed by the Legislature and sent to Gov. Jerry Brown for action. City officials are still encouraged to immediately send request for signature or veto letters as indicated below, as the Governor could take action at any time before his Sept. 30 deadline.
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