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Bills in Committee: May 6–May 10

May 6, 2013
All eyes will be on the budget this week as the Governor’s May Revise will be released by May 14. Meanwhile Senate and Assembly policy committees face a Friday deadline to hear and report non-fiscal bills to the floor in their house of origin.

Supreme Court Upholds City of Riverside’s Medical Marijuana Dispensary Ordinance

May 6, 2013
This morning the California Supreme Court, in a long-awaited opinion, rejected a challenge to the city of Riverside’s ordinance banning medical marijuana dispensaries. The Court held that neither the state’s Compassionate Use Act nor the Medical Marijuana Program limit a city or county from regulating the use of land, and cities and counties retained the authority to provide that medical marijuana dispensaries are not permitted to operate within their borders

Action in the Capitol This Week on Economic Development, Redevelopment and Enterprise Zones

May 2, 2013
This week was one of the busiest for policy committees in the Capitol with a few dozen important bills for cities, including several addressing post-redevelopment, economic development and enterprise zones.

CoolCalifornia Funding Wizard – What Do You Think?

May 2, 2013
The CoolCalifornia Funding Wizard, an online clearinghouse of funding incentives, grants and loans to support sustainability, has recently been updated. California Air Resources Board staff invites local officials and others to check out the Funding Wizard and share their feedback through an online survey. Feedback is requested by May 31.

League’s Community Services Department Launches Historic Preservation Resources Webpage

May 2, 2013
Historic preservation in multiple capacities is an important priority for California cities because it is proven to create jobs, increase property values, expand cultural tourism and revitalized neglected downtowns.

Annual Conference Resolutions Due by July 20

May 2, 2013
Policy development is an integral part of the League’s Annual Conference. While the principal means for determining League policy is through the League’s eight standing policy committees and the League board of directors, the organization also accepts Annual Conference Resolutions, which should address areas not already covered by League policy.

Economic Development, Realignment, CalPERS Sustainability and League Bylaw Amendments Top League Board Agenda Last Week

May 2, 2013
Meeting in Sacramento on April 25, the League board of directors tackled a full agenda of business that included meetings with Gov. Jerry Brown and CalPERS CEO Anne Stausboll. The meeting was held in conjunction with Legislative Action Day on April 24.

Invest in Low-Income Neighborhoods through CSCDA

May 2, 2013
California Statewide Communities Development Authority (CSCDA) has secured an allocation of New Markets Tax Credits for investment in low-income communities in California. The allocation of $35 million will be deployed to high-impact community projects this year. The League is working with CSCDA to help identify qualified projects that are supported by local government and community stakeholders.

League Annual Conference Registration Now Open

May 2, 2013
It’s that time of the year — the League of California Cities Annual Conference & Expo is going to be here before you know it, and registration is officially open. The conference will be held Sept. 18–20 in Sacramento.

Two Priority "Oppose" Telecommunications Bills Fail to Move Forward

May 2, 2013
AB 162 (Holden) and AB 185 (Hernández), both originally scheduled to be heard in Assembly Local Government Committee on Wednesday, will not move forward this year. The bills’ authors pulled them from the committee agenda. Both bills would have had significant impacts on cities, and the League wants to thank our members who reached out to the authors and other legislators to explain their opposition.

Bill to Preempt Local Government Fails

May 2, 2013
The League achieved an important victory on Tuesday when AB 1337 (Allen) failed to pass out of the Assembly Natural Resources Committee without a single vote in support. This bill would have preempted all existing and future single-use carryout bag ordinances. The League wishes to thank all the cities that sent in opposition letters on AB 1337. This measure is dead for the remaining legislative session.

Cap-and-Trade Auction Revenue Legislation on the Move

May 2, 2013
The League encourages cities to submit letters of support for AB 416 (Gordon) and AB 574 (Lowenthal), two bills that would appropriate Cap-and-Trade auction revenues to local agencies, including cities.

Measure to Increase Legislative Transparency Sent to Suspense File

May 2, 2013
City officials have heard much from the Legislature in recent years about the need to increase transparency at the local level and have made enormous strides. Yet when it comes to a measure that would ensure that bills be in print for at least three days prior to a final vote legislators feel different about transparency.

League Testifies in Opposition to Bill That Extends Statute of Limitations for Challenges to Housing Elements, Ordinances and Programs

May 2, 2013
The League was in a long line of organizations that spoke in opposition to AB 325 (Alejo) in the Housing and Community Development Committee hearing Wednesday morning.

Despite League Opposition Labor-Sponsored Bills Continue to Move in Legislature

May 2, 2013
City labor-relations rules and practices were under attack in the past two weeks as labor-sponsored bills were heard in both the Assembly and Senate.

The Hit List from WesternCity.com

May 2, 2013
Western City magazine has compiled its most popular stories into a “Hit List” showing the top five articles on WesternCity.com during the past month.

Bills in Committee: April 29–May 2

April 29, 2013
The League will be closely monitoring many hot bills this week as well as other bills of interest to cities, which included in our recently released bills of interest list. The League will report any actions of significance.

Busy Week in Sacramento for Enterprise Zones Advocates

April 26, 2013
Enterprise Zones (EZs) were a focus of League advocacy efforts this week. The League has long promoted EZs as a key tool to help cities with local economic development; in this year’s political climate cities must advocate for their survival.

Billion Dollar Riverfront Makeover Emerges From Flood Project Buttressed by Tax-Increment Financing

April 26, 2013
Note: With job creation and affordable housing on the minds of public officials across 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.

Federal TIGER, COPS Hiring Program and Community Policing Grants Announced

April 26, 2013
The U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) and Department of Justice’s Office of Community Oriented Policing Services (COPS) this week announced grant funds to be awarded to projects with significant impact on the nation, a metropolitan area, or a region. Brief descriptions of each grant program, with links to the various websites, are available to help the application process.
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