June 8, 2012
While much of the attention in the next week will be focused on the state budget, there are also a number of other important items of which cities should watch.
June 6, 2012
The League sent a letter to the Department of Housing and Community Development (HCD) on May 30 in response to concerns regarding the 2012 Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) application.
June 6, 2012
On May 31, the California Energy Commission (CEC) voted 4-0 to adopt new energy efficiency standards for both residential and commercial buildings. Also referred to as “Title 24,” the new standards take effect on Jan. 1, 2014.
May 25, 2012
This year the League sponsored SB 1498 (Emmerson) which sought to authorize cities to provide services to disadvantaged communities without the requirement of annexing the territory.
May 18, 2012
Last week, the California Strategic Growth Council awarded $45.3 million to 93 awardees including cities, counties, regional and local agencies, and nonprofit partners.
May 9, 2012
Today, League-supported AB 2308 (Torres) was passed out of the Assembly Housing and Community Development Committee.
May 4, 2012
The League opposes AB 1549 (Gatto), which would outline additional responsibilities for the Office of Permit Assistance and require the office to provide technical assistance to local agencies by developing guidelines for an expedited permit process.
April 26, 2012
The California Statewide Communities Development Authority (CSCDA) can now facilitate investment in low-income communities through the use of New Markets Tax Credits (NMTC) and is currently seeking potential projects to include in the allocation pipeline.
April 24, 2012
The League revised its major bills list this week. The following list represents the bills that League staff is following closely.
April 13, 2012
The League hosted a free webinar for members Thursday, April 12 on the League’s major bills.
April 10, 2012
Yesterday League President Mike Kasperzak, Mountain View mayor, led a delegation of League officers and staff in meetings with the four legislative leaders and a key Assembly member.
February 1, 2012
Last Thursday and Friday, the League's eight standing policy committees met in Sacramento to discuss legislative issues and plan for the coming year.
January 13, 2012
Last year, Sen. Mark Leno (D-San Francisco) introduced SB 184 to allow cities to adopt inclusionary housing ordinances after an appellate court decision in Palmer/Sixth Street Properties L.P. v. City of Los Angeles effectively eliminated cities' traditional authority under a broad interpretation of the Costa-Hawkins Act. Unless the Legislature acts on SB 184 by Jan. 31, now a two-year bill, it will die. SB 184 is currently awaiting action on the Senate floor.