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City Officials Urged to Take Action on Bill that Silences Political Voice of Local Governments

August 22, 2013
Opposition letters are urgently needed on SB 594 (Hill), a bill with broad language that vastly limits limit the ability of any nonprofit organization that receives any public funding from a local government from participating in state and local ballot campaigns.

League-Opposed SB 311 Now Before Gov. Jerry Brown

August 22, 2013
The measure, authored by Sen. Alex Padilla (D-Pacoima), limits labor related charter amendments and newly proposed charters to statewide general elections.

Help Shape the Future of the National League of Cities

August 22, 2013
The National League of Cities (NLC) helps city leaders from across the country build better communities by advocating for city issues at the federal level; providing applied research and local solutions; and fostering leadership development and peer connections.

New ILG Resource on Ethics for Local Agencies Available

August 22, 2013
It can often be difficult to keep track of the various California ethics laws and requirements for local agency officials and staff. Thankfully, the Institute for Local Government (ILG) has just released an updated e-version of the publication, Understanding the Basics of Public Service Ethics.

End of Session Games Begin: Two Committees This Week Pass Bill that Silences Voice of Local Government

August 16, 2013
The end of session efforts to rush through proposals backed by favored interests has begun now that both houses of the Legislature are back from their summer break.

Bills in Committee Aug. 19–23

August 16, 2013
The Legislature will pass a significant session milestone today — the legislative policy committee deadline.

Register Now for Affordable Care Act Webinar

August 16, 2013
The National League of Cities (NLC) is joining forces with the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services to offer a webinar on Aug. 28 at 11 a.m. PDT.

California Energy Commission Announces Availability of Grants for Alternative Fuel Readiness Plans

August 16, 2013
The California Energy Commission’s Alternative and Renewable Fuel and Vehicle Technology Program announces the availability of up to $2,100,000 in grant funds to help prepare California for the increased use of alternative transportation fuels.

SB 7 Moves to Assembly Appropriations Committee

August 15, 2013
The Assembly Labor and Employment Committee on Wednesday afternoon passed SB 7 (Steinberg) on a 6–1 vote despite heavy opposition.

Central Valley City Officials Publicly Voice Opposition to SB 7 in Stockton

August 13, 2013
Earlier today elected city officials, business leaders and taxpayer advocates came together to speak out against SB 7 (Steinberg), a bill that disenfranchises voters and threatens local control. Today’s event on the steps of the Stockton City Hall comes in advance of tomorrow’s Assembly Labor and Employment Committee hearing on SB 7.

Save the Date! Upcoming August Events

August 13, 2013
The following is a listing of upcoming events for the month of August. Click on linked title of each event for more information.

CityTalks Return to Annual Conference

August 13, 2013
Have you heard of CityTalks at Annual Conference?  CityTalks are 20-minute sessions developed to deliver the audience exciting and concise ideas.

Updated: Covered California Town Hall Meetings

August 13, 2013
As reported earlier, the California Health Benefit Exchange extension agency “Covered California” is hosting statewide informative town hall meetings on the upcoming implementation of the federal health care act.

Bills in Committee Aug. 12–16

August 12, 2013
The full Legislature is back in Sacramento this week following the return of the Senate today. Legislators are now entering the final leg of the 2013 session and are expected to act on hundreds of remaining bills before the Sept. 13 deadline.

Central Valley City Officials Publicly Voice Opposition to SB 7 in Modesto

August 12, 2013
Earlier today elected city officials and business leaders advocates came together to speak out against SB 7 (Steinberg), a bill that disenfranchises voters and threatens local control.

CALL TO ACTION: Cities Strongly Encouraged to Submit Updated Position Letters

August 7, 2013
Two League-opposed measures, SB 556 (Corbett) and AB 1373 (John A. Pérez), require urgent action.

CalPERS Launch of Long-Term Care Website Met with Rate Increase Lawsuit

August 7, 2013
The California Public Employees’ Retirement System (CalPERS) recently launched a new long-term care (LTC) website for members seeking additional coverage for nursing home and convalescent care.

League Partner to Host Upcoming Ethics Training

August 7, 2013
League Partner Best Best & Krieger LLP will host a state mandated ethics training video conference on Tuesday, Aug. 27 from 9:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m.

NEW: Local News Round-Up Section Added to California Cities Advocate

August 6, 2013
Visit the Local News Round-Up section for your daily dose of diverse local news and top stories that affect your city in one convenient location.

Assembly Resumes Work in Sacramento Before Senate Returns

August 2, 2013
As reported earlier, the State Assembly will reconvene from summer recess this Monday, Aug. 5 while the Senate won’t return until Monday, Aug 12.
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