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SB 1002 Leaves Assembly Local Government Committee, Heads to Appropriations

June 28, 2012
Yesterday, SB 1002 (Yee), which would amend the Public Records Act (PRA) to require agencies to provide public records in open format standard, was passed out of the Assembly Local Government Committee with a 5-3 vote. The bill will now head to the Assembly Appropriations Committee where the cost of the measure on state and local agencies will be assessed. 

League of California Cities Reacts to AB 1484, the Redevelopment Budget Trailer Bill

June 27, 2012
Earlier this year, the California Supreme Court concluded the Legislature could not enact legislation exacting local redevelopment agency revenues in order to fund the state budget in violation of Proposition 22 (2010). Today — only six months later — the Legislature passed AB 1484, the 73-page budget “trailer bill,” containing unconstitutional sales and property tax clawback or garnishment provisions.

Legislature Sends Remaining Budget Trailer Bills to Gov. Jerry Brown

June 27, 2012
Today, both the Senate and the Assembly completed work on the remaining FY 2012-13 Budget Trailer bills, which will complete the budget package awaiting Gov. Jerry Brown’s review.

Medical Marijuana Bill AB 2312 Held in Committee

June 26, 2012
Yesterday, AB 2312 (Ammiano), which would have created a statewide regulatory and tax structure for medical marijuana, was held in Senate Business, Professions, and Economic Development Committee without a vote or testimony being taken.

Bills in Committee: June 25 – 29

June 25, 2012
The Senate and Assembly are both scheduled for floor sessions today at noon to resume work on the budget. The Sacramento Bee is reporting that budget votes are expected Wednesday.  

Final Budget Agreement Announced, Votes Expected Tuesday

June 22, 2012
Legislative Democrats and Gov. Jerry Brown announced Thursday that they had reached agreement on the final details of the budget, which will be included in more than 20 trailer bills that are still not in print. Budget hearings are expected on Monday, with floor votes on Tuesday.

Sidewalk Bill Moving Again

June 22, 2012
On Wednesday, the Assembly Local Government Committee considered AB 2231 (Fuentes) regarding sidewalk repair responsibilities. As currently in print, AB 2231 would require voter approval before cities and counties could repeal an existing ordinance that states that the jurisdiction would take responsibility for sidewalk repair. The bill is expected to move quickly, and cities are encouraged to submit updated oppose letters as soon as possible.

Letters Needed on Newest Hot Bill AB 904

June 22, 2012
On June 12, Assembly Member Nancy Skinner (D-Berkeley) gutted and amended AB 904 to revive last year’s parking bill, AB 710 (Skinner), which was strongly opposed by the League. AB 904, sponsored by the California Infill Builders Association fails to address the League’s concerns from last year’s AB 710, and it also could discourage the development of new affordable housing. For more details on AB 904, please see “Last Year’s Parking Bill AB 710 Resurrected in AB 904.”

2012 Annual Conference Resolutions Due by July 7

June 22, 2012
Policy development is an integral part of the League’s Annual Conference & Expo. While the principal means for determining League policy is through the League’s eight standing policy committees and the League board of directors, we also accept Annual Conference Resolutions, which should address areas not already covered by League policy.

Conference Committee Working Through Weekend on Federal Transportation Reauthorization

June 22, 2012
In anticipation of the expiration of the current extension of the Federal Transportation Authorization on June 30, negotiations on a new, long-term authorization went into overdrive this week.

City of Lancaster Honored with Prestigious Energy Globe Award

June 22, 2012
Energy Globe recognized the city of Lancaster on June 5 for its many alternative energy projects with its Energy Globe Award for the United States.

CSCDA Program Supports Low-Income Communities

June 22, 2012
The California Statewide Communities Development Authority (CSCDA) works to facilitate investment in low-income communities through the use of New Markets Tax Credits (NMTC).

Using Technology to Increase Transparency, Website Checklist for Local Agencies

June 22, 2012
This month is the technology themed issue of Western City magazine. Check out these great articles about website best practices.

ILG Launches Sustainable Communities Network LinkedIn Group

June 22, 2012
The Sustainable Communities Learning Network, an initiative of the Institute for Local Government (ILG), now includes a LinkedIn group to help local sustainability practitioners connect throughout California. This virtual platform was created with the recognition that local governments have limited budgets for travel and conferences.

NLC Releases New Municipal Action Guides on Infrastructure, Housing and Community Development

June 22, 2012
The National League of Cities recently announced the release of two new Municipal Action Guides from its Center for Research & Innovation. These guides may be useful to city officials dealing with infrastructure and housing and community development issues.  

Open Data Standard vs. Transparency – What Does SB 1002 Really Do?

June 22, 2012
The League is opposed to SB 1002 unless amended because it would impose new duties and costs on public agencies at a time when they can ill afford them, under the guise of promoting greater government transparency. The bill is sponsored by the California Newspaper Publishers Association and the San Francisco Tech Democrats.

Bills in Committee: June 18 – 22

June 18, 2012
The below list represents the bills scheduled for hearing this week for which the League currently has a position.

CalTRUST Offers a Safe and Convenient Diversification Tool for Local Agency Portfolios

June 18, 2012
In real estate investment, the three most important factors are "location, location, location." Similarly, the most important aspect of local agency investment can be summarized as "diversification, diversification, diversification."

Unfinished Product: Legislature Passes Budget Bill, Additional Trailer Bills to be Considered Later

June 15, 2012
Today, both the Senate and Assembly passed the main budget bill, AB 1464, and six budget-related trailer bills. Technically speaking, this package allows the Legislature to meet the constitutional deadline to pass a budget by June 15, and avoid forfeiting salary pursuant to Proposition 25 (2010). The budget package is anticipated to be sent to Gov. Jerry Brown today, but his response is unclear as it does not represent a negotiated deal. 

Local Government Concerns Delay Drafting of Redevelopment Trailer Bill

June 15, 2012
Thanks to the numerous city officials who have contacted their legislators, progress has been delayed on the development of redevelopment trailer bill language, because many Democrat legislators are now pushing in their caucuses for a redevelopment trailer bill that will work for the cities.
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