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NLC Board Now Includes Five California Representatives

November 27, 2013
During the National League of Cities’ (NLC) 2013 Congress of Cities and Exposition earlier this month, NLC leaders and membership elected new officers for 2014 and revealed a three-year strategic plan.   

U.S. Communities Offers Free Event on Using Competitively Solicited Contracts and Online Purchasing Tools

November 27, 2013
City officials are invited to U.S. Communities’ free Strategic Sourcing Summits to learn how to save time and money using competitively solicited contracts. The next summit is scheduled for Dec. 10 from 10:30 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. in San Jose. Don't miss this opportunity to network with your peers and connect with U.S. Communities suppliers to receive their lowest overall government pricing.

Upcoming Workshops, Board Meetings and Legislative Hearing Calendar

November 27, 2013
A number of workshops, hearings and board meetings are being held during the next few months that may be of interest to city officials. Check out the full story to see if any of these upcoming events are of interest to you and your city.

President José Cisneros Honored as a 2013 Public Official of the Year

November 22, 2013
League of California Cities President José Cisneros has received the prestigious honor of being named one of, and California’s only, Governing Magazine’s 2013 Public Officials of the Year. 

City Spotlight: San José Opens Renewable Energy Facility

November 22, 2013
The City of San José announced this week the opening of the world’s largest dry fermentation anaerobic digestion facility. The facility officially opens today, Friday Nov. 22, and is the first facility of its kind in the entire country. 

2014 League of California Cities Annual Conference & Expo: Make Your Dream Conference a Reality

November 22, 2013
Do you have an idea for a great conference session? Is there a topic or a speaker you have always wanted to hear?

New Mayors and Council Members Academy Registration Now Open

November 22, 2013
It’s not too early to register for the League’s the New Mayors and Council Members Academy, scheduled Jan. 22–24 at the Sheraton Grand Sacramento.

Outstanding Local Streets and Roads Project Awards Program Calls for Nominations

November 22, 2013
Cities and counties can now submit nominations for the Outstanding Local Streets and Roads Project Awards Program.

ILG Interested in Learning about Your City’s Recycling Infrastructure

November 22, 2013
As part of a new project related to the financing and siting of recycling programs and infrastructure, the Institute for Local Government (ILG) is conducting a short survey to better understand:

City Land Water Conservation Fund Grants Available

November 22, 2013
The California Department of Parks and Recreation is offering Land Water Conservation Fund (LWCF) grants to cities for acquisition, development and maintenance of outdoor park and recreation facilities.

California Arts Council Supports Creating New Programs with One-Time Grant Funds

November 22, 2013
The California Arts Council voted this week in Los Angeles to support of five new programs and initiatives to be funded by one-time support from the California State Assembly.

Opportunity for Cities to Help Shape Massage Establishment Regulatory Policy

November 20, 2013
Enacted in 2008, SB 731 (Oropeza, Chapter 384) changed the way cities regulated massage establishments. However, bill provisions are set to sunset Jan. 1, 2015 giving city officials the opportunity to consider and help shape future policies.

Transportation Funding Ballot Measure Submitted to Attorney General

November 20, 2013
Transportation California and the California Alliance for Jobs on Nov. 18 submitted a title and summary request for a transportation funding ballot measure, the California Road Repair Act, to the Attorney General. 

Results Too Close to Call in AD 45 Special Election

November 20, 2013
In a surprising turn of events, the special general election held in the heavily Democratic Assembly District (AD) 45 yesterday remains too close to call. The most recent Secretary of State (SOS) results show a razor-thin vote margin of less than 1 percent currently separating Democrat Matt Dababneh from Republican Susan Shelley.

Outstanding Local Streets and Roads Project Awards Program Calls for Nominations

November 20, 2013
Cities and counties are invited to submit nominations for the Outstanding Local Streets and Roads Project Awards Program.

City Assistance Requested to Ensure Compliance of Human Trafficking Public Notice Law Request

November 15, 2013
Senate President Pro Tem Darrell Steinberg (D-Sacramento) recently sent a letter to League of California Cities President José Cisneros requesting city help in ensuring public and private entities post notices pursuant to existing human trafficking law SB 1193 (Steinberg).

NEW FEATURE: City Spotlight: California Cities’ Innovation Ignites New Ways of Thinking

November 15, 2013
California and its 482 incorporated cities are by far the most diverse in the country. Such diversity necessitates and fosters new ways of thinking to address unprecedented challenges and developments.

Local Coastal Program Assistance Grant Deadline Nov. 22

November 15, 2013
The California Coastal Commission announces the availability of grants to support local governments responsible for local coastal planning to develop new and update existing Local Coast Plans (LCP).

2014 League of California Cities Strategic Goals Adopted

November 12, 2013
The League of California Cities hosted its annual “League Leaders” meeting Nov. 6–8 to discuss and determine the organization’s 2014 strategic goals and legislative priorities.

Rising Interest Rates and GASB’s Reporting Requirements Can Create Confusion for Non-Accountants

November 12, 2013
As cities and local agencies begin to receive audited financial statements for FY 2012–13, specific questions may arise regarding unrealized financial losses stemming from long-term fixed investments made from local reserve funds. This article seeks to provide a helpful explanation to those reviewing audited financial statements.
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