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Former Folsom Police Chief Sam Spiegel Appointed to 9-1-1 Advisory Board

May 31, 2013
Gov. Jerry Brown announced the appointment of Sam Spiegel to the State 9-1-1 Advisory Board, where he has served since 2005.

Riverside Council Member Michael Gardner Appointed to Seismic Safety Commission

May 31, 2013
Gov. Jerry Brown on Thursday announced the appointment of Riverside Council Member Michael Gardner to the Alfred E. Alquist Seismic Safety Commission, where he has served since 2010. The appointment requires Senate confirmation.

League Membership Approves Bylaws Change in Vote Threshold for Taking Positions on Statewide Ballot Measures

May 31, 2013
The League board of directors at its April meeting certified the results of the mail ballot approving a bylaws amendment to require a two-thirds vote of those directors present in order for the board to take a position on a statewide ballot measure.

Budget Conference Committee Members Announced

May 31, 2013
Senate President Pro Tem Darrell Steinberg (D-Sacramento) and Speaker of the Assembly John Pérez (D-Los Angeles) have each appointed four members to this year’s Joint Committee on the Budget.

One Down, Two to Go: Update on Anti-Economic Development Bills

May 31, 2013
The League, cities and the business community scored a victory this week in stopping SB 673 (DeSaulnier) on the Senate Floor.

Policy Brief on the California Latino Vote Released This Week

May 30, 2013
The UC Davis Center for Regional Change’s California Civic Engagement Project has released the next in a series of policy briefs.

Actions Taken on Appropriations Suspense File Items

May 24, 2013
Two days of Appropriations Suspense File hearings in both the Senate and Assembly concluded on Friday with the League receiving mixed news. With the deadline to pass bills from house of origin next week, all action now shifts to the Senate and Assembly floors.

Bill Threatening Local Contracting Authority Awaits Action on the Assembly Floor

May 24, 2013
The League has been lobbying members of the Legislature to vote no on AB 1333 (Hernández).

Assembly Passes AB 1080, Bill Creating New Economic Development Tool

May 24, 2013
California cities achieved a victory this morning when the Assembly passed League-supported AB 1080 (Alejo) this morning on a 52–16 vote.

Stockton Council Member Kathy Miller Voices Strong Support for the San Joaquin County Enterprise Zone

May 23, 2013
With California’s only remaining economic development program slated for elimination, Stockton City Council Member and League Board of Director Kathy Miller joined dozens of employees in the San Joaquin Enterprise Zone on Thursday morning at a press conference to oppose Gov. Jerry Brown’s proposal.

Lower HUTA Estimates Released for Current Fiscal Year

May 23, 2013
The Local Government Finance Almanac today posted revised Highway User Tax Account (HUTA) estimates for FY 2012–13, which include a significant reduction in Proposition 42 revenues.

CalPERS Path to a Sound and Sustainable Fund

May 23, 2013
Note: This article is from CalPERS.  


With New League Resolution Process Cities Encouraged to Start Early

May 22, 2013
The League’s Annual Conference is Sept. 18–20, but the deadline for resolution submission is coming up fast and it’s important for city officials to understand some slight changes to the process.

Cities Urged to Communicate Support for Preservation of Municipal Bond Tax Exemption

May 21, 2013
Last week U.S. Rep. Eric Swalwell (D-CA) signed onto a House resolution celebrating the history of municipal bonds after being asked to do so by representatives of the National League of Cities’ (NLC) Asian Pacific American Municipal Officials and the Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual and Transgender Local Officials during their joint Capitol Hill lobby day.

COPS Application Deadline Extended to June 4

May 21, 2013
The deadlines for Community Oriented Policing Services (COPS) Hiring Program (CHP) and COPS Community Policing Development (CPD) grant applications have been extended to June 4 at 7:59 p.m. EDT.

New Research Examines Public Participation in Local Government Decision Making and Suggests Approaches for Improvement

May 21, 2013
Are you frustrated about who shows up at public meetings — or, more importantly, who doesn’t? You’re not alone. A new survey of more than 1400 public officials and local community leaders in California reveals both groups feel that public comment agendas are dominated by narrow interests and negative remarks.

A New Economic Development Resource Center Available for Cities

May 21, 2013
The Institute for Local Government has launched the Economic Development Resource Center to help cities meet the fiscal challenges in light of the loss of redevelopment and state budget cuts.

Bills in Committee: May 20–May 24

May 19, 2013
Policy committees do not meet this week. 

Lodi Enterprise Zone Relieves Burdened Businesses

May 17, 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.
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