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Enterprise Zone Elimination Legislation Heads to Governor’s Desk

June 28, 2013
Yesterday the Assembly debated and passed AB 93 (Committee on Budget) eliminating the current Enterprise Zone (EZ) Program and replacing it with a state-run system.

Concord’s Efforts to Develop Former Naval Base Slowed Dramatically by State’s Short-Sighted Approach

June 28, 2013
Note: With job creation and affordable housing 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.

Bills Propose Significant Changes to MMBA

June 28, 2013
City labor-relations rules and practices were under attack this week as labor-sponsored bills flew out of the Senate Public Employment and Retirement Committee.

“Ban the Box” Legislation Advances in Senate

June 28, 2013
The Senate Labor and Industrial Relations Committee approved AB 218 (Dickinson) this week moving it to the Senate Judiciary Committee for hearing on July 2.

Bill Limiting Local Authority over Personnel Matters Granted Reconsideration

June 28, 2013
On a 3–1 vote, SB 313 (DeLeón) didn’t receive enough votes to move out of the Assembly Public Safety Committee this week but was granted reconsideration. It will be reheard on July 2.

New Agencies Prepare for Launch of Governor’s Reorganization

June 28, 2013
Nearly a year after the Legislature approved the Governor’s Reorganization Plan (GRP), appointments to the newly created state agencies are being announced in advance of July 1, 2013 when the agencies go into effect.

Annual Conference Resolutions July 20-Submission Deadline Fast Approaching

June 28, 2013
The League’s Annual Conference is Sept. 18–20, but the deadline for resolution submission is only three weeks from tomorrow.

Cities Face Continued Cuts Under Federal House Appropriations Bills

June 28, 2013
Both the House and the Senate continue to work on FY 2014 Appropriation bills.

Governor Signs FY 2013–14 Budget Plan

June 27, 2013
Gov. Jerry Brown signed the FY 2013–14 budget this morning flanked by legislative leaders Senate Pro Tem Darrell Steinberg (D-Sacramento) and Assembly Speaker John A. Pérez (D-Los Angeles).

Bill Threatening Local Voter Rights Moves to Assembly Labor and Employment Committee

June 26, 2013
League President and Pasadena Mayor Bill Bogaard led a coalition of city officials who testified today in opposition to SB 7 (Steinberg).

Rushed Transparency Measure Raises League Concerns

June 26, 2013
Transparency measure SCA 3 (Leno) is quickly making its way through the legislative process despite concerns regarding costly and cherry-picked mandates.

Enterprise Zone Elimination Bill Passes Senate Floor, Returns to Assembly

June 26, 2013
The Senate debated a measure last night to eliminate the state’s Enterprise Zone (EZ) Program.

Bills in Committee: June 24–29

June 24, 2013
It’s slated to be very busy in Sacramento as League lobbyists tackle 10 “Hot Bills” this week. With 27 bills scheduled for hearing in 14 different committees, staff will be engaged covering all the action.

Redevelopment Dissolution Lawsuits Now Number 120 and Counting

June 21, 2013
The number of lawsuits filed continues to grow as the unwinding of redevelopment continues. By Wednesday, June 19, that number reached 120 lawsuits related to redevelopment dissolution.

June 2013 Policy Committee Summary

June 21, 2013
The League’s eight standing policy committees met June 13–14 in Sacramento. The League’s policy making process relies on the participation of a diverse group of city officials from across the state and is an integral part of shaping the League’s priorities.

Committee Passes Community Revitalization Measure Restoring Narrow RDA Authority

June 21, 2013
AB 1080 (Alejo) passed the Senate Governance and Finance Committee Wednesday and now heads to the Senate Committee on Transportation and Housing.

League-Supported Local Finance Measure Unanimously Passes Policy Committee

June 21, 2013
A measure providing newly incorporated cities and annexations with property tax revenues in lieu of state Vehicle License Fee (VLF) funds received unanimous bipartisan support on Wednesday in the Senate Governance and Finance Committee.

Regional AB 32 Scoping Plan Public Workshops Held to Consider 2013 Updates

June 21, 2013
As the state’s lead agency on AB 32 regulation and implementation, the California Air Resources Board (CARB) has scheduled several regional workshops in the coming months to consider public comment and input regarding proposed updates to the AB 32 Scoping Plan.

League Opposed Medical Marijuana Dispensary Bill Advances to Assembly Health Committee

June 19, 2013
After what became a spirited debate, the Assembly Public Safety Committee on Tuesday approved a measure clarifying existing state law permitting medical marijuana use by qualified patients.

CPUC Launches Rulemaking on State Video Franchise Renewal

June 19, 2013
The California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC) launched a proceeding on May 31 to establish the rules that holders of state video franchises (such as Comcast, Time Warner Cable, Verizon, AT&T and others) must follow to obtain renewal of their franchises issued pursuant to the Digital Infrastructure and Video Competition Act of 2006 (DIVCA).
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