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California Cities Participate in Earth Hour City Challenge; One Chosen as Finalist

February 22, 2013
Five California cities were among 78 cities worldwide from six countries that recently participated in the 2012 Earth Hour City Challenge by the World Wildlife Fund (WWF).

League Co-Sponsors Bill to Address Signage Issue in Former Redevelopment Areas

February 22, 2013
The League and the California Sign Association are co-sponsoring a bill, SB 684 (Hill), which will address an unintended consequence of the elimination of redevelopment related to signage in former redevelopment areas.

California Air Resources Board to Hold Cap-and-Trade Transportation Investment Workshops

February 22, 2013
Next week, the California Air Resources Board (ARB) will host two public workshops on the development of the AB 32 Cap-and-Trade Investment Plan.

NLC to Host Webinar on Feb. 22 on First Responder Network

February 20, 2013
The National League of Cities (NLC), National Association of Counties and National Association of Telecommunications Officers and Advisors will be hosting a webinar on Friday, Feb. 22 to discuss the implementation of the newly established First Responder Network Authority (FirstNet), including available funding for states.

Proposition 1A Loan Repayment This June

February 15, 2013
The $1.9 billion Proposition 1A Suspension Loan of 2009 is due to be repaid this year.

California Air Resources Board to Hold Public Workshops on Cap-and-Trade Proceeds

February 15, 2013
The California Air Resources Board (CARB) is hosting three public workshops throughout the state to solicit input on the development of an investment plan for Cap-and-Trade auction proceeds.

Green California Leadership Awards

February 15, 2013
Cities with sustainability accomplishments should consider applying for the Green California Leadership Awards.

President Obama Delivers the State of the Union Address

February 13, 2013
On Tuesday night, President Barack Obama delivered his fifth State of the Union speech. In the hour-long speech, many issues important to cities and city officials were mentioned.

Duarte, Oxnard and Pasadena Experience Some Successes in Redevelopment Dissolution Litigation

February 12, 2013
Initially, successes in cases filed by local agencies challenging AB x1 26 and AB 1484 were few and far between, but recently positive results have started to emerge.

Assembly Budget Subcommittee Members Raise Redevelopment Dissolution Concerns

February 12, 2013
Yesterday, the Assembly Budget Subcommittee #6 on Budget Process, Oversight and Program Evaluation held an informational hearing on redevelopment dissolution issues per ABx1 26 and AB 1484.

Pension Clean Up Bill Passed Out of Senate Public Employment and Retirement Committee

February 12, 2013
Yesterday, as expected, SB 13 (Beall) was easily passed out of the Senate Public Employment and Retirement Committee.

Upcoming Hearings of Interest

February 8, 2013
The following hearings are of interest to cities. The League will be monitoring these hearings and will report on any actions of significance.

City Managers Department Award Winners

February 8, 2013
Each year, the League of California Cities’ City Managers’ Department presents three prestigious awards honoring distinguished members of the department: the Wes McClure Award of Distinction, the John H. Nail Memorial Award and the Award for the Advance of Diverse Communities. This year the department is proud to announce the following winners.

Call for Entries for 2013 Helen Putnam Awards

February 8, 2013
Each year the League of California Cities honors outstanding work in member cities across the state through the League Partner-sponsored Helen Putnam Awards for Excellence.

ILG to Host Public Engagement Webinar on March 13

February 8, 2013
The Institute for Local Government (ILG) announced it will host the third webinar of its 10-part Sustainable Communities Learning Network’s Brownbag Webinar series on March 13. The March 13 webinar will examine effective methods of public engagement and dealing with deeply held public concerns and organized opposition.

New U.S. Communities Contract Offers Clean, Green Products

February 8, 2013
AmSan-CleanSource has been awarded the new U.S. Communities cleaning supplies contract through a competitive solicitation process conducted by lead public agency Fresno Unified School District. AmSan-CleanSource is a leading supplier of janitorial, cleaning and facility maintenance supply products.

The Hit List from WesternCity.com

February 8, 2013
Western City magazine has compiled its most popular stories into a “Hit List” showing the top five articles during the past month. This list reflects the topics of greatest interest to California city officials during the month of January.

California Supreme Court Hears Oral Argument In Medical Marijuana Dispensary Case

February 7, 2013
The California Supreme Court heard oral arguments on Tuesday in City of Riverside v. Inland Empire Patient’s Health and Wellness Center – the case challenging Riverside’s ordinance banning medical marijuana dispensaries.

State Water Board Approves Phase II Small MS4 General Permit

February 6, 2013
Yesterday the State Water Board discussed and approved the Phase II Small MS4 general permit. 

Assembly Subcommittee Schedules Hearing on Department of Finance’s Handling of Redevelopment Dissolution on Feb 11

February 4, 2013
Next Monday, Feb. 11, the Assembly Budget Subcommittee #6 on Budget Process, Oversight and Program Evaluation will hold an informational hearing on redevelopment dissolution issues per AB 26x1 and AB 1484. Representatives have been invited from the Department of Finance to provide an overview of its activities, and a representative from the State Controller’s Office. The hearing will be held at 2:30 p.m. in State Capitol Room 126.
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