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California Check ‘N Go Borrowers Might Be Eligible for Refunds Following San Francisco Lawsuit

March 15, 2013
A settlement has been reached between Check ‘n Go California, Inc. and San Francisco City Attorney Dennis Herrera, who sued the company on behalf of California consumers. The agreement requires Check ‘n Go to repay any Californian that took out four-month installment loans between November 2006 and June 2008.

CalRecycle Workshop Scheduled on Local Funding and Siting

March 15, 2013
CalRecycle’s Materials Management and Local Assistance Division is offering the first in a series of workshops on exploring local funding, siting and permitting opportunities.

Senate Industrial Relations Committee Passes Controversial SB 7

March 13, 2013
The Senate Industrial Relations Committee passed SB 7 (Steinberg) this morning, sending it to the Senate Appropriations Committee.

League-Supported Infrastructure Finance District Bill, SB 33 Passes Committee

March 13, 2013
Today, the Senate Governance and Finance Committee heard several bills, including two economic development bills the League has been carefully tracking, SB 33 (Wolk) and SB 1 (Steinberg).

AB 20 Passes Out of Assembly Public Safety Committee

March 12, 2013
League-supported AB 20 (Waldron) sailed out of the Assembly Public Safety Committee today.

Bills in Committee: March 11 – 15

March 11, 2013
This week, the League will be monitoring committees scheduled to hear bills of interest to cities, which were on our recently released bills of interest list. The League will report any actions of significance.

League Releases Initial Bills of Interest for 2013

March 8, 2013
The League is currently reviewing hundreds of this year’s regular session bills and evaluating their potential implications for local government agencies.

League Sponsors Bill to Provide More Financial Certainty for Successor Agencies Receiving a “Finding of Completion”

March 8, 2013
This week, the League issued a support letter on AB 564 (Mullin), which provides certainty to successor agencies and all other public and private entities that benefits offered by a finding of completion from the Department of Finance (DOF) can be relied upon.

Meeting with Senator Boxer at NLC Congressional City Conference Cancelled

March 8, 2013
Due to a last minute scheduling change, the meeting with Sen. Barbara Boxer during the National League of Cities Congressional City Conference next week has been cancelled.

Interested In Serving on The League Board of Directors?

March 8, 2013
The League of California Cities is now accepting nominations from elected officials interested in serving in one of six at-large board positions (two-year term), or as second vice president (one-year term). All nominees for second vice president must currently be serving or have previously served on the board of directors.

2012 Local Streets and Roads Needs Assessment Released

March 6, 2013
A biennial report released Tuesday by the League, the California State Association of Counties and the Metropolitan Transportation Commission finds a significant level of deterioration of California’s local streets and roads.

Support Requested for the Transportation Coalition for Livable Communities

March 6, 2013
The Transportation Coalition for Livable Communities, in which the League participates, is requesting support from individual cities for their proposed program concept for cap-and-trade auction revenues.

League Opposes Legislation Attempts to Undo Supreme Court Decision on Charter City Authority

March 6, 2013
Yesterday, the League issued an oppose letter on SB 7 (Steinberg), which seeks to compel charter cities to require prevailing wages on projects they construct with local funds on local projects by withholding all state contracting funds from non-compliant cities.

Congress Fails to Avert Sequestration, Across the Board Cuts Move Forward

March 1, 2013
Today, massive across the board spending cuts totaling $85 billion, known as sequestration, went into effect.

Moody’s Investors Service to Review Downgraded Tax Allocation Bonds, Possibly Rescind Ratings

March 1, 2013
On Thursday, Moody’s Investors Service announced that for the next 90 days it will review its 2012 downgrade decisions for tax allocation bonds and possibly rescind the ratings due to insufficient information.

Board of Equalization Approves Fuel Tax Swap Increase

March 1, 2013
The Board of Equalization (BOE) has approved an increase on the excise tax rate on motor vehicle fuel from 36 cents per gallon to 39.5 cents per gallon. The sales and use tax on diesel fuel will remain the same.

League Submits Comments on CalEPA’s Environmental Health Screening Tool, Final Version to Be Released in March

March 1, 2013
For many months, the League has been actively involved in a number of meetings regarding the development of the California Environmental Protection Agency’s (CalEPA) new environmental health screening tool, CalEnviroScreen. After two publicly reviewed drafts the tool is expected to be released in late March.

Registration Open for Legislative Action Day and Preview Webinar

March 1, 2013
The League has opened registration for its 2013 Legislative Action Day Preview Webinar and Annual Legislative Action Day & Reception.

2013 City Managers' Department Meeting Podcasts Available Now

March 1, 2013
If you missed the 2013 City Managers' Department Meeting, you missed a great meeting!

Neglecting Annexation and Incorporation Won’t Serve State’s Growth Goals

March 1, 2013
The March issue of Western City magazine examines the impact of the state’s de facto state approach to cities, which appears to be one of neglect.
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