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Governor Signs League-Supported Bill Incentivizing Renewable Energy Investment

September 30, 2013
The clock is ticking with the bill signing deadline rapidly approaching Oct. 13. Approximately 464 bills remain pending before Gov. Jerry Brown. Over the weekend the Governor signed League-supported SB 43 (Wolk) and unfortunately signed League-opposed AB 1149 (Campos).

Partisan Infighting Continues As Federal Shutdown Looms

September 30, 2013
The White House Office of Intergovernmental Affairs held a nationwide briefing conference call today to inform national local government officials of shutdown procedures and consequences.

International Solar Decathlon Comes to California in October

September 30, 2013
The U.S. Department of Energy Solar Decathlon, an international competition of solar-powered houses designed by collegiate teams, is about to move from the National Mall in Washington, D.C. to Southern California.

Governor Signs Two League-Supported Measures

September 27, 2013
Thanks to the fast-acting support of local government officials and stakeholders, two League-supported measures, SB 510 (Jackson) and SB 254 (Hancock), received the Governor’s signature this week.

New Report Touts Improved CalPERS Customer Service

September 27, 2013
CalPERS recently released a report to its Board outlining several customer service improvements. Some improvements include lower call wait times, expanded online self-service features, and a reduced inventory of different types of outstanding applications.

Urgent Sign/Veto Letters Needed

September 27, 2013
The following is a list of all League-priority bills pending before Gov. Jerry Brown. The League strongly encourages city officials and interested stakeholders to act immediately on all measures below. To act, simply follow the bill’s hot link and tailor the sample veto/signature request letter to reflect your city or organization.

League’s Motion for Reconsideration in AB 1484 Litigation Granted

September 25, 2013
Sacramento County Superior Court Judge Michael Kenny on Tuesday granted the League’s motion for reconsideration in the litigation challenging the constitutionality of AB 1484’s clawback provisions.

Court Grants Fraction of Brown’s Stay Request

September 25, 2013
The three federal judge-panel convened to oversee the reduction of California’s prison population granted Gov. Jerry Brown’s request for an extension this week – with one ‘small’ caveat.

UPDATED: Sign/Veto Request Letters & Bill Status Update

September 24, 2013
It is imperative that officials act without delay prior to the Governor’s Oct. 13 bill signing deadline. All 31 League-priority measures sent to Gov. Brown after the Legislature adjourned Sept. 13, are still pending action.

Broadband Roundtable for Local Government Officials

September 24, 2013
The Local Officials Roundtable will host an event focused on the promotion of broadband access exclusively for elected city officials on Oct. 17–18 in Sacramento.

Federal Update: Six Days and Counting to Shutdown

September 24, 2013
The federal government faces a major deadline next Monday, Sept. 30, when the federal fiscal year ends. Several months of negotiations and debates over the FY 2014 appropriations bills have failed to bring Congress any closer to an agreement.

Free CSCDA Webinar on Benefits of the Delinquent Property Tax Funding Program

September 24, 2013
The California Statewide Communities Development Authority (CSCDA) is hosting a free Delinquent Property Tax Funding Program webinar on Oct. 1 from 10 – 11 a.m.

Local News RoundUp Subscription Now Available

September 24, 2013
The Local News RoundUp is a free daily publication by the League offering pertinent at-a-glance local news. By signing up, subscribers will receive daily morning editions directly to their inbox.

San Francisco Treasurer José Cisneros Elected League of California Cities President

September 20, 2013
The League of California Cities announced its newly elected 2013–14 board of directors’ executive committee today during the League’s 115th Annual Conference & Expo in Sacramento.

Notice of Pending Action Ordered By the Court

September 20, 2013
The state Attorney General's Office has issued a notice regarding pendency of class action and class action settlement.

League Annual Conference & Expo Begins in Sacramento

September 19, 2013
The 115th Annual Conference & Expo begins this week in Sacramento with almost 1,800 attendees expected

Cities Encouraged to Send Letters for Bills on Governor’s Desk

September 19, 2013
The League has released the list of bills on which it is seeking the Governor’s signature or veto. City officials and interested stakeholders are strongly encouraged to submit sign/veto request letters.

Beverly O’Neill Receives League of California Cities’ Annual Lifetime Achievement Award

September 19, 2013
The League of California Cities Past Presidents Council today announced the selection of former Long Beach Mayor Beverly O’Neill as the recipient of the 2013 Past Presidents’ Lifetime Achievement Award. The award was presented to Ms. O’Neill on Sept. 18 during the League’s opening General Session of the 2013 Annual Conference and Expo.

Collection Method for Taxes on Prepaid Mobile Services Sent to Governor

September 19, 2013
Last Thursday the Legislature passed and sent to Governor Brown AB 300 (Perea), a bill that establishes a collection method for state and local taxes and fees levied on consumers of prepaid mobile telephone services. 

2013 CEQA Reform: Long Journey with Modest Outcome

September 19, 2013
This year was supposed to be the year for California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA) reform but even the best laid plans can go awry and the definition of “reform” viewed differently from party to party.
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