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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).

PERB Holds Oral Argument to Determine Scope of Authority over Peace Officers in Mixed Bargaining Units

June 19, 2013
The Public Employment Relations Board (PERB) heard oral arguments on June 13 to resolve a single, narrow issue of whether PERB has authority to issue a remedial order applicable to a mixed bargaining unit that includes non-peace officer and peace officer classifications.

City Officials Send Petition to Assembly Local Government Committee Asking Members to Consider Impacts of SB 7 on Local Jurisdictions

June 18, 2013
Members of the Assembly Local Government Committee today received a petition from numerous city officials throughout California calling for careful consideration of SB 7 (Steinberg).

Bills in Committee: June 17–June 21

June 17, 2013
Assembly members returned to the Capitol on Saturday, June 15 to wrap up action on the remaining budget trailer bills and complete their work while allowing bills to be in print at least 24 hours.

BUDGET UPDATE: Legislature Holds Rare Saturday Session to Meet June 15 Deadline

June 17, 2013
Last Friday the League published a story with the status of the state budget happenings.

Meet the Speaker, Lowell B. Catlett

June 17, 2013
Back by popular demand from his successful keynote address at the League’s City Manager’ Department Meeting last February, Lowell B. Catlett will be the featured annual conference keynote speaker at the general session on Thursday, Sept. 19.

Bill Limiting City Authority to Amend or Adopt Charters Moves out of Assembly Local Government Committee

June 14, 2013
SB 311 (Padilla) received the requisite votes in the Assembly Local Government Committee on Wednesday afternoon.

Legislature Set to Make June 15 Budget Deadline

June 14, 2013
Governor Gets His Way on 2013–14 Budget

How the City of Sonoma Used Tax-Increment Financing to Build Economic Prosperity

June 14, 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.

Assembly Local Government Committee Passes Infrastructure Financing District Bill

June 14, 2013
California cities made progress ing funding local infrastructure on Wednesday afternoon when SB 33 (Wolk) passed the Assembly Local Government Committee on a 5–2 vote.
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