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Bill Seeks to Limit City Authority in Amending or Adopting Charters

May 17, 2013
Cities, especially charter cities, are urged to review SB 311 (Padilla), a labor-sponsored bill that eliminates flexibility for charter cities proposing to amend their charter and for cities seeking to become a charter city.

Two weeks left to Submit City Managers’ Department Meeting Session Proposals

May 17, 2013
The League is continuing its search for speakers and session topics for the 2014 City Managers’ Department Meeting, Feb. 5–7 in Long Beach. Friday, May 24 is the deadline to submit session proposals.

Another Round of TIGER Grants Announced

May 17, 2013
The Department of Transportation has announced the fifth round of TIGER grant funds.

Bill Creating New Economic Development Tool Moves to Assembly Floor

May 16, 2013
Cities are closely watching AB 1080 (Alejo), which a critical first step to affording local governments with flexible authority to improve economic development in disadvantaged areas. 

League Resolution Inspired Bill Headed to Senate Public Safety Committee

May 16, 2013
Law enforcement advocates are lining up in support of League-supported AB 20 (Waldron), a bill that funds programs to curb sexual assault, human trafficking and related crimes against children. 

Governor Releases Revised FY 2013–14 Budget

May 14, 2013
Gov. Jerry Brown unveiled his revised budget for FY 2013–14 at a news conference on Tuesday morning by characterizing his revised budget as grounded in prudence and restraint. 

Bills in Committee May 13–17

May 13, 2013
The Governor will release his May Revise Tuesday morning at 10 a.m. but look to the fiscal committees for most of this week’s action. Policy committees will be wrapping up their work for a while; Friday is the last day for policy committees to meet prior to June 3.

And Then There Were 100 Lawsuits

May 13, 2013
Over the last few months the League has been tracking and reporting on the number of lawsuits that have been filed in Sacramento County Superior Court contesting either parts of AB 1484, the redevelopment agency dissolution implementation law passed in 2012, or specific actions by the Department of Finance, which is charged under state law with administering the dissolution process.

Four-Year Statute of Limitation for Housing Elements Bill Moves from Committee

May 13, 2013
AB 325 (Alejo) squeaked out of the Assembly Local Government Committee on Wednesday, May 8, on a vote of 5–3.

Federal Update

May 13, 2013
NLC has provided a short update on the Marketplace Fairness Act, municipal bonds, FEMA's three national planning frameworks.

Inclusionary Housing Measure Advances to the Floor

May 13, 2013
AB 1229 (Atkins), which reauthorizes inclusionary housing ordinances as they pertain to rental housing to address the 2009 Palmer decision, passed two Assembly committees in recent weeks and is now headed for a vote on the Assembly Floor.

Overconcentration of Massage Establishments Big Issue for the League

May 13, 2013
The League has been working to obtain amendments to AB 1147 (Gomez ) to address concerns local governments have been raising with the proliferation of massage parlors in many cities, and has an oppose unless amended position.

Three Anti-Development Bills Threaten Local Economies and Local Control

May 10, 2013
With California’s economy barely recovering and millions of Californians still out of work, three bills that impede local development projects continue to move through the Legislature.

CalTRUST Reaches Milestones in Assets and Education

May 10, 2013
It all started with an idea. In 2003 a group of local government treasurers and finance officers sought a safe investment vehicle other than the state pool.

The League Presents Local Streets and Roads Needs Survey Results to California Transportation Commission

May 10, 2013
The League and California State Association of Counties on Tuesday presented the results of the 2012 California Statewide Local Streets and Roads Needs Assessment to the California Transportation Commission (CTC).

Volunteer Judges Needed for the 2013 Helen Putnam Award for Excellence Selection Process

May 10, 2013
The League is calling for dedicated volunteers to help select the 2013 Helen Putnam Award winners.

Best Best & Krieger to Offer AB 1825 Training on May 16

May 10, 2013
California's Fair Employment and Housing Act, pursuant to AB 1825, requires that employers with 50 or more employees in California provide at least two hours of sexual harassment avoidance training every two years to any employee who has a supervisory role in operations.

League 2013 Hot Bills List Updated

May 8, 2013
Originally released on April 18, the League’s 2013 Hot Bills List has been updated to reflect the most current status of bills of most importance to cities. Several bills have been removed from the original list because they are not expected to move this year. Several bills have been added to the list. The list below is to date as of May 8, 2013.

Former League President Appointed to California Air Resources Board

May 8, 2013
Gov. Jerry Brown announced on Tuesday, May 7 the appointment of Rolling Hills Estates Council Member Judy Mitchell to the California Air Resources Board. First elected to the Rolling Hills Estates City Council in 1999, Mitchell served as League president from 2008–2009.

The Bloom is on the Rose in Pasadena, Thanks to State and Local Incentives

May 6, 2013
Note: With job creation and affordable housing on the minds of public officials across California, the power of state-local partnerships in stimulating the local economy and creating good paying private sector jobs merits attention. This is part of a series of articles highlighting some of the successful partnerships.   
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