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ILG to Host Public Engagement Webinar on March 13

February 8, 2013
The Institute for Local Government (ILG) announced it will host the third webinar of its 10-part Sustainable Communities Learning Network’s Brownbag Webinar series on March 13. The March 13 webinar will examine effective methods of public engagement and dealing with deeply held public concerns and organized opposition.

New U.S. Communities Contract Offers Clean, Green Products

February 8, 2013
AmSan-CleanSource has been awarded the new U.S. Communities cleaning supplies contract through a competitive solicitation process conducted by lead public agency Fresno Unified School District. AmSan-CleanSource is a leading supplier of janitorial, cleaning and facility maintenance supply products.

The Hit List from WesternCity.com

February 8, 2013
Western City magazine has compiled its most popular stories into a “Hit List” showing the top five articles during the past month. This list reflects the topics of greatest interest to California city officials during the month of January.

California Supreme Court Hears Oral Argument In Medical Marijuana Dispensary Case

February 7, 2013
The California Supreme Court heard oral arguments on Tuesday in City of Riverside v. Inland Empire Patient’s Health and Wellness Center – the case challenging Riverside’s ordinance banning medical marijuana dispensaries.

State Water Board Approves Phase II Small MS4 General Permit

February 6, 2013
Yesterday the State Water Board discussed and approved the Phase II Small MS4 general permit. 

Assembly Subcommittee Schedules Hearing on Department of Finance’s Handling of Redevelopment Dissolution on Feb 11

February 4, 2013
Next Monday, Feb. 11, the Assembly Budget Subcommittee #6 on Budget Process, Oversight and Program Evaluation will hold an informational hearing on redevelopment dissolution issues per AB 26x1 and AB 1484. Representatives have been invited from the Department of Finance to provide an overview of its activities, and a representative from the State Controller’s Office. The hearing will be held at 2:30 p.m. in State Capitol Room 126.

Pension Reform Implementation and Cleanup Legislation

February 4, 2013
SB 13 (Negrete McLeod), a cleanup bill to AB 340, the 2012 pension reform package, was introduced this past December and will likely be heard in the Senate Public Employment and Retirement Committee sometime in mid-February.

California Supreme Court to Hear Oral Argument in Medical Marijuana Dispensary Case

February 4, 2013
Tomorrow the California Supreme Court will hear oral argument in City of Riverside v. Inland Empire Patient’s Health and Wellness Center (Case No. S198638) involving the city’s ban on medical marijuana dispensaries. This closely-watched case will address the extent to which the state medical marijuana laws may pre-empt local land use and business regulation authority.

Legislative Activities: What to Expect in the Coming Weeks

February 4, 2013
The next few weeks should be relatively busy for the League as it sorts through this year’s newly introduced bills and identifies those of interest to cities.

Assembly to Hold Hearing on California’s Freight Plan on Feb. 11

February 4, 2013
Next Monday, Feb. 11, the Assembly Transportation Committee will hold an informational hearing on California’s Freight Plan. The hearing will be held at 1:30 p.m. in State Capitol Room 4202.

California Local Government Finance Almanac Releases Report on Local Super-Majority Voting Rules and Results

February 1, 2013
On Monday, League Fiscal Policy Advisor Michael Coleman released his report comparing the success rates for proposed local measures requiring majority votes against those requiring a 55 percent vote and those requiring a two-thirds vote.

PPIC Releases 2013 “Californians & Their Government” Survey

February 1, 2013
The Public Policy Institute of California (PPIC) has released its 2013 “Californians & Their Government” survey, which examines public opinion of state and federal government as well as policy trends. This is the 55th edition of PPIC’s “Californians & Their Government” series.

California Bond Market Upgraded by Standard & Poor

February 1, 2013
This week Standard & Poor’s upgraded California’s general obligation bond rating from A- to A, changing the state’s status from “stable” to “positive.”  The higher rating will lower the state’s borrowing cost when it sells bonds this spring.

City of Bell Launches New Website Promoting Transparency

February 1, 2013
Earlier this month, the city of Bell presented its newly designed website, during an open meeting of the city’s council.

Cities for Workforce Health: League of California Cities Partners Program

February 1, 2013
A healthy, productive workforce is vital to your city’s success. When you improve employee health and wellness, you’ll see less absenteeism, reduced medical risks and increased productivity.

Development Impact Fee and Public Improvement Financing Program

February 1, 2013
To accelerate desired development projects and the public improvements needed to support them, developers may finance impact fees and public improvement costs associated with their projects using tax-exempt bonds.
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