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Governor Signs Bill Authorizing ‘Polanco Act’ Brownfield Remediation Tools, Among Other League-Supported Measures

October 8, 2013
Gov. Jerry Brown’s signing pen has been busy as he took action on six League-priority measures over the last few days.

Governor Signs League-Supported Bill Promoting Local Economic Development and Flexibility

October 8, 2013
Gov. Jerry Brown signed three League-supported bills today providing for local government flexibility, additional vital resources and control.

Legislative Briefings Scheduled for Nov. 4 and 6

October 8, 2013
The League is holding its annual end of the year Legislative Briefing in-person on Nov. 4 in Redding and Nov. 6 via webinar. During this year’s Legislative Briefing, League lobbyists will discuss new laws adopted in the 2013 legislative year with an emphasis on those most relevant to cities.

Institute for Local Government Offers Citizenship Webinar on Oct. 17

October 7, 2013
The Institute for Local Government (ILG) is offering a free webinar to help local officials build stronger more cohesive communities by encouraging lawful permanent residents to become citizens.

Gov. Brown Signs League-Sponsored Redevelopment Signage Measure & Other League-Supported Bills

October 4, 2013
Several League priority measures remain pending before Gov. Jerry Brown as the Oct. 13 inches closer.

Annual Conference Resolutions Process Wrap-Up

October 4, 2013
The League today issued the 2013 Annual Conference Resolution Report on the League’s website. The membership voted on and passed two resolutions at the Business Meeting held on Sept. 20 during the 2013 Annual Conference in Sacramento. The full report will be sent to every member city in the next two weeks.

League of California Cities Reinforces Commitment to Local Government Transparency and Accountability in Wake of former City of Bell City Manager Plea

October 3, 2013
In response to today’s news that the city of Bell’s former city manager Robert Rizzo has pleaded no contest to 69 counts of public corruption, the League of California Cities issued the following statement condemning the acts of Rizzo and reinforcing the League and all cities’ commitment to the highest standards of ethics, accountability and transparency.

Federal Shutdown: NLC to Hold Conference Call for Local Officials Tomorrow

October 3, 2013
The National League of Cities (NLC) announced today it will hold a conference call tomorrow afternoon to update nationwide city officials on recent developments and its position regarding the federal shutdown.

New ZEV Resource: Community Readiness Guidebook

October 3, 2013
The Governor’s Office of Planning and Research announced the completion of a new publication and resource: "Zero-Emission Vehicles in California: Community Readiness Guidebook."

The Hit List from WesternCity.com

October 3, 2013
Western City magazine has compiled its most popular stories into a “Hit List” showing the top five articles on WesternCity.com during the past month. This list reflects the topics of greatest interest to California city officials during the month of September.

Georgetown University Offers $5 Million Incentive for Energy Efficiency Competition

October 3, 2013
Georgetown University is launching the Georgetown University Energy Prize (GUEP), a nationwide competition aimed at raising the bar of energy efficiency in communities with a population of 5,000 to 250,000.

National League of Cities Announces Resource Website on Federal Shutdown

October 2, 2013
It’s day two of the federal shutdown following an impasse over FY 2014 budget negotiations. Approximately 800,000 federal employees have been furloughed until further notice. Nationwide, parks and museums are currently closed in addition to various federal service agencies. The National League of Cities (NLC) is concerned about the indirect long-term effects an ongoing impasse will have on local economies, tourism, jobs and vital services. NLC held a conference call today informing members it will urge Congress to pass a ‘clean’ continuing resolution (CR) focused on funding the federal government through FY 2014.

Governor Signs League-Supported Bill Incentivizing Renewable Energy Investment

September 30, 2013
The clock is ticking with the bill signing deadline rapidly approaching Oct. 13. Approximately 464 bills remain pending before Gov. Jerry Brown. Over the weekend the Governor signed League-supported SB 43 (Wolk) and unfortunately signed League-opposed AB 1149 (Campos).

Partisan Infighting Continues As Federal Shutdown Looms

September 30, 2013
The White House Office of Intergovernmental Affairs held a nationwide briefing conference call today to inform national local government officials of shutdown procedures and consequences.

International Solar Decathlon Comes to California in October

September 30, 2013
The U.S. Department of Energy Solar Decathlon, an international competition of solar-powered houses designed by collegiate teams, is about to move from the National Mall in Washington, D.C. to Southern California.

Governor Signs Two League-Supported Measures

September 27, 2013
Thanks to the fast-acting support of local government officials and stakeholders, two League-supported measures, SB 510 (Jackson) and SB 254 (Hancock), received the Governor’s signature this week.

New Report Touts Improved CalPERS Customer Service

September 27, 2013
CalPERS recently released a report to its Board outlining several customer service improvements. Some improvements include lower call wait times, expanded online self-service features, and a reduced inventory of different types of outstanding applications.

Urgent Sign/Veto Letters Needed

September 27, 2013
The following is a list of all League-priority bills pending before Gov. Jerry Brown. The League strongly encourages city officials and interested stakeholders to act immediately on all measures below. To act, simply follow the bill’s hot link and tailor the sample veto/signature request letter to reflect your city or organization.

League’s Motion for Reconsideration in AB 1484 Litigation Granted

September 25, 2013
Sacramento County Superior Court Judge Michael Kenny on Tuesday granted the League’s motion for reconsideration in the litigation challenging the constitutionality of AB 1484’s clawback provisions.

Court Grants Fraction of Brown’s Stay Request

September 25, 2013
The three federal judge-panel convened to oversee the reduction of California’s prison population granted Gov. Jerry Brown’s request for an extension this week – with one ‘small’ caveat.
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