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ILG’s Sustainable Communities Learning Network Opens Registration for Brownbag Webinar

March 29, 2013
Registration is open for the fourth in a series of 30-minute webinars offered by the Institute for Local Government’s (ILG) Sustainable Communities Learning Network.

Don’t Miss the April Issue of Western City Magazine

March 29, 2013
The April issue covers a variety of helpful topics, including how to get your city’s public meetings back on track, opportunities to save on pension costs through collective bargaining after pension reform, the new Cities for Workforce Health program, making the transition from local government office to the state Legislature, and much more.

Fines and Fees Revenues Distribution Webinar Scheduled for April 4

March 29, 2013
The Administrative Office of the Courts invites city officials to participate in its upcoming Distributions of Revenues from Fines and Fees Statewide Revenue Distribution Training on Thursday, April 4 from 9:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.

League Supports Federal Marketplace Fairness Act and Amendment into Senate Budget Resolution

March 22, 2013
This week, the League issued a support letter for S. 336/H.R. 684, the Marketplace Fairness Act, which would require out-of-state merchants to collect use taxes for electronic and mail sales.

League, CSAC, CalPERS to Hold One Day Session on Affordable Care Act on April 2

March 22, 2013
The League of California Cities, the California State Association of Counties, and California Public Employees’ Retirement System (CalPERS) will hold a one day educational session on the Affordable Care Act and what cities and counties need to know about employee health coverage to ensure 2014 compliance.

House Committee on Ways and Means Discusses Municipal Bonds Tax Exemption

March 22, 2013
The House Committee on Ways and Means held a hearing on Tuesday to discuss tax reform and tax provisions affecting state and local governments, during which the tax exemption for Municipal Bonds was reviewed.

FY 2013–14 HUTA Gas Tax Estimates Now Available for Cities and Counties

March 22, 2013
The Local Government Finance Almanac has posted FY 2013-14 city and county HUTA gas tax estimates. This data is now available together with an update on California's complicated fuel taxation and allocation system.

U.S. Communities Purchasing Summit

March 22, 2013
U.S. Communities, the government purchasing alliance sponsored by the League of California Cities, invites purchasing personnel from California cities to attend a Supplier Summit in Torrance on April 2.

State Superior Court in Sacramento Decides for State in VLF Diversion Lawsuit

March 19, 2013
The League was disappointed to learn that Sacramento County Superior Court Judge Lloyd Connelly issued an opinion on Monday, March 18, denying the League’s petition challenging the constitutionality of the Legislature’s 2011 decision to fund the criminal justice realignment program in part with vehicle license fee (VLF) revenues.

Register Now for the League’s 2013 Legislative Action Day and Preview Webinar

March 15, 2013
Registration for the League’s 2013 Legislative Action Day Preview Webinar and Annual Legislative Action Day & Reception opened earlier this month.

League Officers Advocate for California City Priorities in Washington, D.C.

March 15, 2013
The League’s officers and more than 100 other California city officials traveled to Washington, D.C. this week for the National League of Cities (NLC) Congressional City Conference.

League Supports Bill to Create New Economic Development Tool for Disadvantaged Communities

March 15, 2013
Yesterday, the League issued a support letter on AB 1080 by Assembly Member Luis Alejo (D-Salinas), which would authorize local governments to create a new entity called a Community Revitalization Investment Authority (CRIA) aimed at improving low income and deteriorated communities, including closed military bases.

U.S. Department of Justice Announces Available BJA Grants for FY 2013

March 15, 2013
The U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) has opened its application process for its Office of Justice Programs (OJP), Bureau of Justice Implementation Program (BJA) for FY 2013.

Federal Grants to Reduce Domestic Violence Homicides Announced

March 15, 2013
This week, Vice President Joe Biden and U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder announced that 12 cities and counties nationwide have received grants as part of a new domestic violence prevention program.

California Check ‘N Go Borrowers Might Be Eligible for Refunds Following San Francisco Lawsuit

March 15, 2013
A settlement has been reached between Check ‘n Go California, Inc. and San Francisco City Attorney Dennis Herrera, who sued the company on behalf of California consumers. The agreement requires Check ‘n Go to repay any Californian that took out four-month installment loans between November 2006 and June 2008.

CalRecycle Workshop Scheduled on Local Funding and Siting

March 15, 2013
CalRecycle’s Materials Management and Local Assistance Division is offering the first in a series of workshops on exploring local funding, siting and permitting opportunities.

Senate Industrial Relations Committee Passes Controversial SB 7

March 13, 2013
The Senate Industrial Relations Committee passed SB 7 (Steinberg) this morning, sending it to the Senate Appropriations Committee.

League-Supported Infrastructure Finance District Bill, SB 33 Passes Committee

March 13, 2013
Today, the Senate Governance and Finance Committee heard several bills, including two economic development bills the League has been carefully tracking, SB 33 (Wolk) and SB 1 (Steinberg).

AB 20 Passes Out of Assembly Public Safety Committee

March 12, 2013
League-supported AB 20 (Waldron) sailed out of the Assembly Public Safety Committee today.

Bills in Committee: March 11 – 15

March 11, 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.
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