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League Releases Initial Bills of Interest for 2013

March 8, 2013
The League is currently reviewing hundreds of this year’s regular session bills and evaluating their potential implications for local government agencies.

League Sponsors Bill to Provide More Financial Certainty for Successor Agencies Receiving a “Finding of Completion”

March 8, 2013
This week, the League issued a support letter on AB 564 (Mullin), which provides certainty to successor agencies and all other public and private entities that benefits offered by a finding of completion from the Department of Finance (DOF) can be relied upon.

Meeting with Senator Boxer at NLC Congressional City Conference Cancelled

March 8, 2013
Due to a last minute scheduling change, the meeting with Sen. Barbara Boxer during the National League of Cities Congressional City Conference next week has been cancelled.

Interested In Serving on The League Board of Directors?

March 8, 2013
The League of California Cities is now accepting nominations from elected officials interested in serving in one of six at-large board positions (two-year term), or as second vice president (one-year term). All nominees for second vice president must currently be serving or have previously served on the board of directors.

2012 Local Streets and Roads Needs Assessment Released

March 6, 2013
A biennial report released Tuesday by the League, the California State Association of Counties and the Metropolitan Transportation Commission finds a significant level of deterioration of California’s local streets and roads.

Support Requested for the Transportation Coalition for Livable Communities

March 6, 2013
The Transportation Coalition for Livable Communities, in which the League participates, is requesting support from individual cities for their proposed program concept for cap-and-trade auction revenues.

League Opposes Legislation Attempts to Undo Supreme Court Decision on Charter City Authority

March 6, 2013
Yesterday, the League issued an oppose letter on SB 7 (Steinberg), which seeks to compel charter cities to require prevailing wages on projects they construct with local funds on local projects by withholding all state contracting funds from non-compliant cities.

Congress Fails to Avert Sequestration, Across the Board Cuts Move Forward

March 1, 2013
Today, massive across the board spending cuts totaling $85 billion, known as sequestration, went into effect.

Moody’s Investors Service to Review Downgraded Tax Allocation Bonds, Possibly Rescind Ratings

March 1, 2013
On Thursday, Moody’s Investors Service announced that for the next 90 days it will review its 2012 downgrade decisions for tax allocation bonds and possibly rescind the ratings due to insufficient information.

Board of Equalization Approves Fuel Tax Swap Increase

March 1, 2013
The Board of Equalization (BOE) has approved an increase on the excise tax rate on motor vehicle fuel from 36 cents per gallon to 39.5 cents per gallon. The sales and use tax on diesel fuel will remain the same.

League Submits Comments on CalEPA’s Environmental Health Screening Tool, Final Version to Be Released in March

March 1, 2013
For many months, the League has been actively involved in a number of meetings regarding the development of the California Environmental Protection Agency’s (CalEPA) new environmental health screening tool, CalEnviroScreen. After two publicly reviewed drafts the tool is expected to be released in late March.

Registration Open for Legislative Action Day and Preview Webinar

March 1, 2013
The League has opened registration for its 2013 Legislative Action Day Preview Webinar and Annual Legislative Action Day & Reception.

2013 City Managers' Department Meeting Podcasts Available Now

March 1, 2013
If you missed the 2013 City Managers' Department Meeting, you missed a great meeting!

Neglecting Annexation and Incorporation Won’t Serve State’s Growth Goals

March 1, 2013
The March issue of Western City magazine examines the impact of the state’s de facto state approach to cities, which appears to be one of neglect.

Two Events Planned for NLC Congressional City Conference Attendees

February 28, 2013
California attendees registered for the National League of Cities (NLC) Congressional City Conference in Washington D.C. on March 9-13 are invited to attend the following events for California city officials.

League Members to Vote on Board of Directors Approved Amendments to League Bylaws

February 28, 2013
In November 2012, the League’s board of directors approved two proposed amendments to the League bylaws which must be approved by a two-thirds vote of those members voting in order to take effect.

League Members Support Litigation Strategy

February 28, 2013
Cities are loyal to the League and supportive of its services.

League Supports Two Constitutional Amendments to Increase Legislative Transparency

February 27, 2013
On Tuesday, the League took support positions on two constitutional amendments, SCA 10 (Wolk) and ACA 4 (Olsen) that would improve legislative transparency by requiring all bills to be in print and available on the Internet for at least 72 hours prior to a vote on its final passage in either house.

California City Officials Encouraged to Attend NLC’s Congressional City Conference in Washington D.C. in March

February 22, 2013
Yesterday, National League of Cities (NLC) President Marie Lopez Rogers, NLC Executive Director Clarence E. Anthony, along with the League of California Cities President Bill Bogaard and League Executive Director Chris McKenzie issued a joint letter to California city officials encouraging them to attend NLC’s Congressional Cities Conference in Washington D.C. on March 9-13.

Federal Update: Fiscal Cliff Take Two and Follow Up from the State of the Union

February 22, 2013
Without congressional action, the across the board cuts required by sequestration will go into effect on Friday, March 1.  And so far, there is no deal in sight.
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