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Bipartisan Federal Budget Deal Reached, But the Devil is in the Details

December 20, 2013
On the heels of receiving approval from the House of Representatives last week, the 2014 federal budget proposal passed the Senate yesterday with bipartisan support. The plan is now pending before President Barack Obama where it is all but certain to receive his signature.  

CalPERS Board Reviews Actuarial Report, Upcoming Changings May Affect Employer Rates

December 20, 2013
The California Public Employees’ Retirement System (CalPERS) Finance and Administration Committee met on Dec. 17 when Chief Actuary Alan Milligan presented the results of the recent “experience study” that examined prior actuarial assumptions compared to actual experience.

Massage Regulation Webinar Scheduled Jan. 16

December 20, 2013
The League invites members to participate in a free webinar on Thursday, Jan. 16 on SB 731 (Oropeza), the 2008 legislation that crated voluntary certification for massage therapists.

Planning Commissioner Academy Registration Now Open

December 20, 2013
If you’re a new planning commissioner, director or staff member looking for education on fundamental topics on city planning or a seasoned professional interested in updates on current planning and land use issues facing cities, register for the 2014 Planning Commissioner Academy, March 26–28, at the San Francisco Airport Marriott Waterfront.

Registration Is Now Open for Feb. 7 Municipal Law Institute’s Symposium

December 20, 2013
Presented by the Municipal Law Institute of the League of California Cities® and the California Constitution Center of UC Berkeley School of Law, the symposium features the local government as employer, and will focus on personnel and labor relations issues specific to public entities.

League’s 2013 Legislative Briefing Book Available Online Now

December 12, 2013
On Nov. 4, in Redding, and on Nov. 6, via webinar, the League held its annual legislative briefings.

Proposed CalPERS Changes Will Affect Employer Rates

December 12, 2013
The League of California Cities and the California Society of Municipal Finance Officers are hosting a free webinar on Jan. 9 from 2:00 – 3:30 p.m. to review how proposed CalPERS changes will affect cities.

Submit 2014 Annual Conference Session Proposals Now

December 12, 2013
Share the gift of knowledge this holiday season and submit your imaginative or innovative topic idea for the League’s 2014 Annual Conference & Expo, educating more than 1,800 local elected officials, city department directors, staff, and decision makers.

New Mayors and Council Members Academy Registration Ends Jan. 7

December 12, 2013
Get the tools and knowledge needed to be ahead of the game in your new role as a newly elected mayor or council member.

The City Managers’ Department Meeting Registration is Open

December 12, 2013
Register for 2014 City Managers’ Department Meeting and have one less thing to worry about this holiday season!

HCD Housing-Related Parks Grant Funding Opportunities

December 12, 2013
The Department of Housing and Community Development (HCD) released information this week regarding local government eligibility and documentation requirements for the 2013 funding round of the Housing-Related Parks (HRP) program. The final deadline to file applications for funding is Jan. 22, 2014.

CDCR Announces Peace Officer Career Opportunities

December 12, 2013
The California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation (CDCR), Office of Peace Officer Selection recently announced its plans to hire more than 7,000 peace officers during the next three years to fill vacancies from a wave of retiring officers.

CSCDC Announces $9 Million New Markets Tax Credit Financing For Nonprofit Medical Center in Redding

December 12, 2013
The California Statewide Communities Development Corporation (CSCDC) has provided $9 million of New Markets Tax Credit (NMTC) allocation to Shasta Community Health Center (SCHC) to fund Phase III of an expansion project for SCHC’s main medical facility in Redding.

Favorable Court Decision Reached in AB 1484 Clawback Case

December 11, 2013
Sacramento County Superior Court Judge Michael Kenny issued his ruling this week in League of California Cities v. Ana Matosantos.

Bipartisan Federal Budget Deal Reached Three Days before Budget Committee Deadline

December 11, 2013
Leaders from the House and Senate Tuesday revealed a bipartisan budget deal that lays out the federal government’s spending plan through Sept. 30, 2015.

CalPERS Contemplates Changes that May Impact Employer Rates

December 4, 2013
Over the next 12 weeks the California Public Employees’ Retirement System (CalPERS) Board of Administration will be considering numerous policy changes which could significantly impact employer contribution rates.

The Homeless Veteran Outside NLC

December 4, 2013
This piece originally ran on the National League of Cities’ (NLC) CitiesSpeak blog on Nov. 8, 2013. The author, Elisha Harig-Blaine is principal housing associate (veterans and special needs) at NLC.

FREE WEBINAR: How Covered California Can Be a Resource for Your City

December 4, 2013
The League is pleased to announce a joint webinar with Covered California to inform residents about the Affordable Care Act (ACA).

Go-Biz to Offer California Competes Tax Credit Workshops

December 4, 2013
The Governor’s Office of Business and Economic Development (Go-Biz) will host several workshops on its new California Competes Tax Credit program.

The Hit List from WesternCity.com

December 4, 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.
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