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New Markets Tax Credits for Investment in Low-Income Communities

July 30, 2013
The California Statewide Communities Development Authority (CSCDA) is currently soliciting potential pipeline projects in connection with its 2013 application for New Markets Tax Credits.

CCS Partnership Survey on Community Schools Partnerships

July 30, 2013
This fall the Cities Counties Schools Partnership (CCS) will launch an online toolkit about community schools partnerships for local agency elected officials and staff.

Speakers and Topic Proposals Sought for 2014 Public Works Officers Institute

July 30, 2013
The League is continuing its search for speakers and session topics for the 2014 Public Works Officers Institute to be held March 26 – 28 in Sacramento in conjunction with the County Engineers Association of California (CEAC) Spring Conference.

Federal Highway Administration Webinars on New Transportation Alternatives Program

July 30, 2013
The National Highway Institute will hold a series of webinars next month regarding new transportation laws passed by Congress last year (MAP21).

Special Election Update

July 24, 2013
Yesterday, two special elections were held to fill midterm vacancies in Assembly District (AD) 52 and Senate District (SD) 16.

SAVE THE DATE: Free Webinar on Gas and Electric Line Safety

July 24, 2013
The League of California Cities Partners’ Program would like to announce that Pacific Gas & Electric Company, Southern California Gas Company and Sempra Energy will host a free webinar Aug. 14 on community gas and electric line safety.

League Files Motions for Reconsideration/New Trial in AB 1484 Litigation

July 23, 2013
On July 22, the League of California Cities filed motions for reconsideration and new trial with the Sacramento County Superior Court in the League’s litigation challenging the constitutionality of various provisions of AB 1484.

All Eyes on Central Valley SD 16 Run-Off Election

July 23, 2013
The Senate District (SD) 16 run-off election is one of two special elections scheduled today.

Assembly Democrats Lack Supermajority as AD 52 Special Election Commences

July 23, 2013
The race to fill the recently vacated Assembly District (AD) 52 seat officially begins today with seven Democratic candidates vying for the post.

League Board of Directors Approves Immigration Reform Principles

July 18, 2013
The League of California Cities at its board of directors meeting last week in San Diego adopted nine immigration reform principles developed by the League’s Immigration Reform Task Force.

Cities for Workforce Health July 31 Deadline Approaching

July 18, 2013
As part of Tier 3 of the Cities for Workforce Health initiative, up to five California cities will be selected to receive one-on-one consultation and a $5,000 credit towards wellness programming through Kaiser Permanente HealthWorks.

Local Communities to Receive $2 Million in Art Funding

July 18, 2013
The California Arts Council recently announced that it is receiving an additional $2 million in funding as a result of surplus savings from the 2013 State Assembly operating budget.

League Updates 2013 Hot Bills List

July 17, 2013
The League’s 2013 Hot Bills List has been updated to reflect the current status of priority legislation following the Legislature’s adjournment for summer recess.

CalPERS to Postpone Searchable Retired Pensioner Database

July 17, 2013
The California Public Employee Retirement System (CalPERS) decided to postpone posting a new online database containing state retiree pension information after announcing plans to reveal the database sometime last week.

Quickly Approaching Central Valley Special Election May Define Senate Supermajority

July 17, 2013
Heightened attention has been paid in recent weeks to the competitive election brewing between Senate District 16 Republican candidate Andy Vidak and Democratic candidate Leticia Perez.

A Model to Reduce Gang Violence Emerges from City-State Partnership in Monterey

July 15, 2013
Note: With job creation on the minds of public officials throughout California, the power of state-local partnerships in creating good paying construction and other private sector jobs merits attention. This is part of a series of special papers on some successful partnerships.

Sacramento County Superior Court Decides League’s AB 1484 Lawsuit Not Yet “Ripe”

July 11, 2013
Today the Sacramento County Superior Court ruled that it did not want to decide yet whether the property and sales tax claw back provisions of AB 1484, the redevelopment agency dissolution legislation of 2011, were unconstitutional under Propositions 1A (2004) and 22 (2010) because the penalties had not yet been invoked against the petitioners or any members of the League by the Department of Finance.

Bills in Committee July 8–12

July 8, 2013
Hearings are fairly light this week following the Assembly’s decision to adjourn last Wednesday and the Senate’s plans to adjourn July 12.

Workers’ Comp Legislation Advances to Fiscal Committee for Aug. 12 Hearing

July 8, 2013
On June 26 the Senate Labor and Industrial Relations Committee passed League-opposed AB 1373 (Pérez) on a 4–0 vote.

Bill Threatening Local Contracting Authority Held in Committee

July 8, 2013
AB 1333 (Hernández) was held in the Senate Governance and Finance Committee last Wednesday and will likely not move forward this year.
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