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President’s Proposed FY 2014 Budget Includes Cap on Deductible Municipal Bond Interest

April 12, 2013
President Barack Obama on Wednesday released his FY 2014 budget proposal.

Cities for Workforce Health Launches Series of Educational Webinars

April 12, 2013
The League of California Cites’ League Partner program is launching a series of educational webinars as part of  Cities for Workforce Health.

League Bids Farewell to Tracy Petrillo, Director of Education and Conferences

April 12, 2013
It is with great sadness that the League announces the departure of Tracy Petrillo, the organization’s director of Education and Conferences on April 17.

Bills in Committee April 8–12

April 8, 2013
Today, the Senate Appropriations Committee heard SB 7 and then sent it to the committee’s suspense file due to the identified state cost.

Reminder: Ballots on League Bylaws Amendments due by April 19

April 8, 2013
On March 5, the League sent mail ballots to all member cities on two proposed amendments to the League’s bylaws. Ballots must be submitted to the League by April 19.

Controversial SB 7 Remains Alive in Senate Appropriations Committee

April 8, 2013
Today the Senate Appropriations Committee voted to send SB 7 (Steinberg) to the committee’s “Suspense File” due to identified state costs.

Claremont Transforms Blighted Area Using Innovative State-Local Partnership

April 5, 2013
Note: With job creation 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.

League Supports Bills to Provide Brownfield Remediation Authority to Cities and Authorize Expenditure of Proceeds of 2011 RDA Bonds

April 5, 2013
This week the League officially announced its support of AB 440 (Gatto) and AB 981 (Bloom). Both bills would address problems created by the dissolution of redevelopment agencies.

Bill to Help Restore Lost VLF to Newly Incorporated Cities Annexations Attracts League Support

April 5, 2013
Newly incorporated California cities and cities that had recently annexed inhabited areas lost a key source of vehicle license fee (VLF) revenues in 2011 when the Legislature passed SB 89. 

League-Supported Economic Development Tools Legislation

April 5, 2013
Last November, the League’s leadership identified the expansion of community and economic development tools and funding options for city services as a League priority for 2013.

Cities to Submit First Round of New Business License Fees to Disability Access and Education Revolving Fund

April 5, 2013
Gov. Jerry Brown last year signed SB 1186 (Steinberg) into law. 

Affordable Care Act Workshop Helps Cities Prepare for Health Care Reform

April 5, 2013
As large employers, most cities and counties are subject to the Affordable Care Act’s (ACA) complex mandates on coverage, affordability, tracking and reporting and its financial penalties for failure to comply.

Deadline Approaching for 2013 Helen Putnam Awards Entries

April 5, 2013
Submit your application today for the League Partner-sponsored Helen Putnam Awards for Excellence.

The Hit List from WesternCity.com

April 5, 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 1–5

April 1, 2013
This week, the League will be monitoring committees scheduled to hear bills of interest to cities, which were on our recently released bills of interest list. The League will report any actions of significance. 

Eighty-One Cases and Counting: An Update on Redevelopment Dissolution Litigation

March 29, 2013
Since Gov. Jerry Brown signed ABx1 26 on June 28, 2011, 81 lawsuits have been filed in Sacramento County Superior Court related to this statute and the later-enacted statute, AB 1484 (2012).

League Opposes SB 673, a Bill That Would Limit Local Economic Development Flexibility

March 29, 2013
The League has taken an oppose position on SB 673 (DeSaulnier), a bill that would prohibit the approval of any retail or commercial facility estimated to receive more than $1 million in subsidies unless a comprehensive analysis is prepared by the Governor’s Office of Planning and Research (OPR) or a public agency or private entity under contract with OPR.

League Launches Expanded Coverage of Strong Cities | Strong State

March 29, 2013
Starting next Friday and continuing through summer, CA Cities Advocate will feature a weekly piece on Strong Cities | Strong State.

Plan to Attend the League’s 2013 Legislative Action Day and Preview Webinar

March 29, 2013
There’s still time to register for the League’s 2013 Legislative Action Day Preview Webinar and Annual Legislative Action Day & Reception.

USC Executive Leadership Program for Local Leaders Curriculum Announced

March 29, 2013
The University of Southern California (USC) has announced the curriculum for its Executive Education Forum for Policy (EXED) for Local Leaders.
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