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Two Events Planned for NLC Congressional City Conference Attendees

February 28, 2013
California attendees registered for the National League of Cities (NLC) Congressional City Conference in Washington D.C. on March 9-13 are invited to attend the following events for California city officials.

League Members to Vote on Board of Directors Approved Amendments to League Bylaws

February 28, 2013
In November 2012, the League’s board of directors approved two proposed amendments to the League bylaws which must be approved by a two-thirds vote of those members voting in order to take effect.

League Members Support Litigation Strategy

February 28, 2013
Cities are loyal to the League and supportive of its services.

League Supports Two Constitutional Amendments to Increase Legislative Transparency

February 27, 2013
On Tuesday, the League took support positions on two constitutional amendments, SCA 10 (Wolk) and ACA 4 (Olsen) that would improve legislative transparency by requiring all bills to be in print and available on the Internet for at least 72 hours prior to a vote on its final passage in either house.

California City Officials Encouraged to Attend NLC’s Congressional City Conference in Washington D.C. in March

February 22, 2013
Yesterday, National League of Cities (NLC) President Marie Lopez Rogers, NLC Executive Director Clarence E. Anthony, along with the League of California Cities President Bill Bogaard and League Executive Director Chris McKenzie issued a joint letter to California city officials encouraging them to attend NLC’s Congressional Cities Conference in Washington D.C. on March 9-13.

Federal Update: Fiscal Cliff Take Two and Follow Up from the State of the Union

February 22, 2013
Without congressional action, the across the board cuts required by sequestration will go into effect on Friday, March 1.  And so far, there is no deal in sight.

California Cities Participate in Earth Hour City Challenge; One Chosen as Finalist

February 22, 2013
Five California cities were among 78 cities worldwide from six countries that recently participated in the 2012 Earth Hour City Challenge by the World Wildlife Fund (WWF).

League Co-Sponsors Bill to Address Signage Issue in Former Redevelopment Areas

February 22, 2013
The League and the California Sign Association are co-sponsoring a bill, SB 684 (Hill), which will address an unintended consequence of the elimination of redevelopment related to signage in former redevelopment areas.

California Air Resources Board to Hold Cap-and-Trade Transportation Investment Workshops

February 22, 2013
Next week, the California Air Resources Board (ARB) will host two public workshops on the development of the AB 32 Cap-and-Trade Investment Plan.

NLC to Host Webinar on Feb. 22 on First Responder Network

February 20, 2013
The National League of Cities (NLC), National Association of Counties and National Association of Telecommunications Officers and Advisors will be hosting a webinar on Friday, Feb. 22 to discuss the implementation of the newly established First Responder Network Authority (FirstNet), including available funding for states.

Proposition 1A Loan Repayment This June

February 15, 2013
The $1.9 billion Proposition 1A Suspension Loan of 2009 is due to be repaid this year.

California Air Resources Board to Hold Public Workshops on Cap-and-Trade Proceeds

February 15, 2013
The California Air Resources Board (CARB) is hosting three public workshops throughout the state to solicit input on the development of an investment plan for Cap-and-Trade auction proceeds.

Green California Leadership Awards

February 15, 2013
Cities with sustainability accomplishments should consider applying for the Green California Leadership Awards.

President Obama Delivers the State of the Union Address

February 13, 2013
On Tuesday night, President Barack Obama delivered his fifth State of the Union speech. In the hour-long speech, many issues important to cities and city officials were mentioned.

Duarte, Oxnard and Pasadena Experience Some Successes in Redevelopment Dissolution Litigation

February 12, 2013
Initially, successes in cases filed by local agencies challenging AB x1 26 and AB 1484 were few and far between, but recently positive results have started to emerge.

Assembly Budget Subcommittee Members Raise Redevelopment Dissolution Concerns

February 12, 2013
Yesterday, the Assembly Budget Subcommittee #6 on Budget Process, Oversight and Program Evaluation held an informational hearing on redevelopment dissolution issues per ABx1 26 and AB 1484.

Pension Clean Up Bill Passed Out of Senate Public Employment and Retirement Committee

February 12, 2013
Yesterday, as expected, SB 13 (Beall) was easily passed out of the Senate Public Employment and Retirement Committee.

Upcoming Hearings of Interest

February 8, 2013
The following hearings are of interest to cities. The League will be monitoring these hearings and will report on any actions of significance.

City Managers Department Award Winners

February 8, 2013
Each year, the League of California Cities’ City Managers’ Department presents three prestigious awards honoring distinguished members of the department: the Wes McClure Award of Distinction, the John H. Nail Memorial Award and the Award for the Advance of Diverse Communities. This year the department is proud to announce the following winners.

Call for Entries for 2013 Helen Putnam Awards

February 8, 2013
Each year the League of California Cities honors outstanding work in member cities across the state through the League Partner-sponsored Helen Putnam Awards for Excellence.
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