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California FreshWorks Fund Releases RFP for Healthy Corner Store Conversion Awards

March 30, 2012
The California FreshWorks Fund (fund) released a $1 million statewide RFP to assist intermediaries in carrying out conversions of corner stores this week.

CCSP Endorses Upcoming Community School National Forum

March 30, 2012
The Cities Counties Schools Partnership is endorsing the upcoming Community School National Forum. The forum will take place on May 9 – 12 in San Francisco.

Coming in the April Issue of Western City Magazine

March 30, 2012
The April issue is online now. Don’t miss these articles.

Bills in Committee: March 26 - 30

March 26, 2012
Last week, AB 1585 (Perez) was passed in the Assembly Local Government Committee as well as the Assembly Appropriations Committee. AB 1585, which contains numerous policy and technical cleanups to the redevelopment dissolution bill, AB 1x 26, will likely be taken up for a floor vote today during the Assembly's floor session scheduled for 11:30 a.m. The Senate has scheduled its floor session at 2 p.m.

Redevelopment Dissolution Cleanup Bill, AB 1585, Passed in Assembly

March 26, 2012
Yesterday, the Assembly passed AB 1585 (Pérez), a redevelopment cleanup bill that contains numerous policy and technical cleanups to AB 1x 26, with a 58-7 vote. The bill will now be sent to the Senate and will likely be heard after the Legislature returns from its Spring Recess. The Legislature will be in Spring Recess from March 30 until April 9. 

CalTRUST to Host Stakeholders' Meeting on April 17 in Sacramento

March 23, 2012
CalTRUST, an investment program co-sponsored by the League, will hold its inaugural stakeholders' meeting in Sacramento on April 17. CalTRUST is an investment vehicle established by public agencies to pool and invest local agency funds. One mission of the CalTRUST Board of Trustees is to offer educational opportunities for local government investment professionals throughout California.

League Releases Initial Bills of Interest for 2012

March 23, 2012
The League is currently reviewing this year's regular session bills and evaluating their potential implications for local government agencies. The following is a preliminary list of trends and bills which the League is tracking of interest to cities. Please note that it is still very early in the legislative calendar and the likelihood of these bills being amended is very high.

Participate In Strong Cities | Strong State Campaign Today

March 23, 2012
Last August, the League and the California City Management Foundation (CCMF) launched its Strong Cities | Strong State campaign, featuring the importance of local government in California residents' everyday lives, and the people at work delivering critical services.

This Month in Western City Magazine

March 23, 2012
Read articles from the March issue of Western City.

Assembly Committees Pass AB 1585; Floor Vote Likely on Monday

March 22, 2012
AB 1585 (Pérez), which contains numerous policy and technical cleanup to the redevelopment dissolution bill, AB 1x 26, has been rapidly making its way through the Assembly. On Wednesday, the Assembly Local Government Committee heard and passed the bill; earlier today the measure was heard and passed by the Appropriations Committee at a special meeting. The next step will be a likely floor vote in the Assembly on Monday. If approved, the bill will be sent to the Senate. 

SB 89 Vehicle License Fee Lawsuit to Be Heard May 4 in Sacramento County Superior Court

March 20, 2012
On Sept. 28, 2011 the League filed a lawsuit challenging the constitutionality of the state's diversion of vehicle license fee (VLF) revenues through SB 89 and AB 118.

CDCR Files Report Meeting Benchmark Reducing State's Inmate Population

March 16, 2012
The CDCR filed a report on Thursday indicating that it's planning to meet the Three-Judge Court's July 27 benchmark.

League Officers Advocate for California City Priorities in Washington, D.C.

March 16, 2012
The National League of Cities (NLC) Congressional City Conference taking place in Washington, D.C. this week. 

This Month in Western City Magazine

March 16, 2012
Don't miss these articles in this month's Western City magazine.

CalPERS Board Approves Discount Rate Reduction From 7.75 Percent to 7.5 Percent

March 14, 2012
Today the full CalPERS board met and reviewed yesterday's recommendation from the CalPERS Pension and Health Benefits Committee to lower the discount rate from 7.75 percent to 7.5 percent. After debating the issue and the fiscal effects of a rate reduction on all levels of government, the board ultimately voted 9-1 to approve the lower rate of 7.5 percent. The board also requested that CalPERS Actuary Alan Milligan examine ways to blunt the fiscal hardship that will be experienced by local governments by phasing the rate change in over a period of two years.

Speaker Pérez's Redevelopment Dissolution Bill, AB 1585, Passes Assembly Committee

March 14, 2012
The Assembly Housing and Community Development Committee heard and passed (5-0) AB 1585 (Pérez) today, which seeks to clean up certain provisions of the redevelopment dissolution bill AB 1x 26. For more background on AB 1585, please see the Feb. 7 CA Cities Advocate article "Speaker Pérez Introduces Redevelopment Cleanup Bill AB 1585."

CalPERS Committee Recommends Reduction of Discount Rate to 7.5 Percent

March 13, 2012
Today, the CalPERS Pension and Health Benefits Committee met to review two options to lower the discount rate of 7.75 percent to either 7.25 or 7.50 percent. The committee members debated what they called a difficult but necessary decision and ultimately voted (6-2) that a discount rate reduction from 7.75 percent to 7.50 percent is recommended to the board. The full CalPERS board will meet tomorrow, Wednesday, March 14.

League Sponsored Bill Would Remove Annexation Requirements for Disadvantaged Communities While Still Allowing for Service Planning

March 13, 2012
Last October, Gov. Jerry Brown signed SB 244 (Wolk), which requires a city to update its general plan by the next revision of their housing element to plan for disadvantaged unincorporated communities, including communities outside a city's boundaries if it is in the city's sphere of influence. In addition, it also requires the local agency formation commission (LAFCO) to deny any application by a city to annex a territory that is contiguous to a disadvantaged community, unless a second application is submitted for the disadvantaged community. Sen. Bill Emmerson (R-Riverside) has introduced SB 1498, which would remove the dual application requirement for annexations.

League Supports Redevelopment Dissolution Clean Up Bill, AB 1585

March 13, 2012
AB 1585 (Pérez), which seeks to clean up certain provisions of the redevelopment dissolution bill AB 1x 26, and includes an urgency clause, will be heard Wednesday, March 14 in the Assembly Housing and Community Development Committee. For more background on AB 1585, please see the Feb. 7 CA Cities Advocate article " Speaker Pérez Introduces Redevelopment Cleanup Bill AB 1585."

Assembly Hearing Discusses Redevelopment Dissolution and Economic Development Tools

March 9, 2012
The Assembly Local Government and Housing and Community Development committees held a joint hearing on Wednesday, March 7 focused on post-redevelopment tools for creating economic development. Legislators were also briefed on the current progress of redevelopment dissolution.
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