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Pension Reform Implementation and Cleanup Legislation

February 4, 2013
SB 13 (Negrete McLeod), a cleanup bill to AB 340, the 2012 pension reform package, was introduced this past December and will likely be heard in the Senate Public Employment and Retirement Committee sometime in mid-February.

California Supreme Court to Hear Oral Argument in Medical Marijuana Dispensary Case

February 4, 2013
Tomorrow the California Supreme Court will hear oral argument in City of Riverside v. Inland Empire Patient’s Health and Wellness Center (Case No. S198638) involving the city’s ban on medical marijuana dispensaries. This closely-watched case will address the extent to which the state medical marijuana laws may pre-empt local land use and business regulation authority.

Legislative Activities: What to Expect in the Coming Weeks

February 4, 2013
The next few weeks should be relatively busy for the League as it sorts through this year’s newly introduced bills and identifies those of interest to cities.

Assembly to Hold Hearing on California’s Freight Plan on Feb. 11

February 4, 2013
Next Monday, Feb. 11, the Assembly Transportation Committee will hold an informational hearing on California’s Freight Plan. The hearing will be held at 1:30 p.m. in State Capitol Room 4202.

California Local Government Finance Almanac Releases Report on Local Super-Majority Voting Rules and Results

February 1, 2013
On Monday, League Fiscal Policy Advisor Michael Coleman released his report comparing the success rates for proposed local measures requiring majority votes against those requiring a 55 percent vote and those requiring a two-thirds vote.

PPIC Releases 2013 “Californians & Their Government” Survey

February 1, 2013
The Public Policy Institute of California (PPIC) has released its 2013 “Californians & Their Government” survey, which examines public opinion of state and federal government as well as policy trends. This is the 55th edition of PPIC’s “Californians & Their Government” series.

California Bond Market Upgraded by Standard & Poor

February 1, 2013
This week Standard & Poor’s upgraded California’s general obligation bond rating from A- to A, changing the state’s status from “stable” to “positive.”  The higher rating will lower the state’s borrowing cost when it sells bonds this spring.

City of Bell Launches New Website Promoting Transparency

February 1, 2013
Earlier this month, the city of Bell presented its newly designed website, during an open meeting of the city’s council.

Cities for Workforce Health: League of California Cities Partners Program

February 1, 2013
A healthy, productive workforce is vital to your city’s success. When you improve employee health and wellness, you’ll see less absenteeism, reduced medical risks and increased productivity.

Development Impact Fee and Public Improvement Financing Program

February 1, 2013
To accelerate desired development projects and the public improvements needed to support them, developers may finance impact fees and public improvement costs associated with their projects using tax-exempt bonds.

Figures Released Detailing Proposed Augmentation of City Public Safety Grants

January 28, 2013
Last week, the Board of State and Community Corrections released detailed figures for Gov. Jerry Brown’s  proposed augmentations to the $20 million grant for local assistance for realignment implementation allocated to cities as part of the 2012 Budget Act.

SCAG to Host Meeting on CalEnviroScreen on Feb. 5

January 28, 2013
The Southern California Association of Governments (SCAG) is hosting a meeting in Los Angeles on Feb. 5 with California Environmental Protection Agency (CalEPA) officials discuss the second public review draft of its environmental screen tool, CalEnviroScreen.

San Francisco Receives Two Honors from U.S Conference of Mayors for Financial Innovation

January 25, 2013
Last week, the United States Conference of Mayors (USCM) honored the city of San Francisco for its financially innovative Kindergarten to College (K2C) program and the efforts of its Office of Financial Empowerment (OFE). League Second Vice President and San Francisco Treasurer José Cisneros played an integral role in the development of both K2C and OFE.

League Secures New Keynote Speaker Following Speaker’s Untimely Death

January 25, 2013
Due to the sudden and unfortunate passing of keynote speaker, Kimberly Alyn, the League has secured Dr. Bob Nelson, a leading expert on employee motivation, performance, engagement, recognition and rewards to speak during both the Public Works Officers Institute and Planning Commissioners Academy on Feb. 27 – March 1 in Pasadena.

Register Now for the Municipal Law Institute’s Symposium on Feb. 8 at the UC Berkeley School of Law

January 25, 2013
This year’s Municipal Law Institute Symposium, “Local Governments Navigating the California Constitution: Rough Water and Shifting Sands,” will be held on Feb. 8 at the UC Berkeley School of Law. Attendees will earn 5.75 hours of MCLE credit.

Let's Move Cities Towns and Counties – Renew Your Commitment

January 25, 2013
Healthy Eating Active Living (HEAL) Cities, HHS and the National League of Cities encourage League member cities to join Let's Move Cities Towns and Counties or renew their commitment if they joined in 2009 or 2010.

Governor Brown Delivers State of State Address, Calls Again for “Subsidiarity”

January 24, 2013
This morning Gov. Jerry Brown delivered his 2013 State of the State address touching on a number of issues including education, health care, enterprise, trade missions to China, water, climate change, CEQA, transportation and high speed rail.

House of Representatives Approves Suspension of Federal Debt Limit

January 23, 2013
Today, the House of Representatives voted 285-144 to suspend the federal debt limit of $16.4 trillion to allow the federal government to continue borrowing through May 18.

Local Agency Stakeholders Host Jan. 23 CalEnviroScreen Meeting with CalEPA

January 22, 2013
The California Environmental Protection Agency (CalEPA) developed an environmental health screening tool, CalEnviroScreen. CalEPA officials will meet with local agency officials on Jan. 23 to discuss the impacts of this tool on local governments.

January 2013 Policy Committee Summary

January 22, 2013
Hundreds of city officials from across the state converged in Sacramento Jan. 17-18 for the first policy committee meetings of 2013. The League’s policy making process relies on the participation of a diverse group of city officials from across the state.  
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