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LAO’s Criminal Justice System Report Released

January 22, 2013
Last week, the Legislative Analyst’s Office released its report “California’s Criminal Justice System: A Primer.”

Hundreds of City Officials Attend League of California Cities Academy for Newly Elected Officials in Sacramento

January 18, 2013
It was a busy week in Sacramento for the more than 450 city officials who attended the sold-out 2013 League of California Cities’ New Mayors and Council Members Academy in Sacramento, Jan. 16–18.

Want to Learn More About the Legislative Process in California?

January 18, 2013
The League has created a new webpage under our resources section called “Learn About the Legislative Process” with information to help our members understand the complex California legislative process and ways in which city officials can be engaged in advocacy efforts.

New Public Engagement Resources Available through ILG Website

January 18, 2013
The Institute for Local Government (ILG) updated and expanded its set of public engagement resources available online.

Two League Employees Receive 2012 National League of Cities’ Stutz Award

January 18, 2013
This week, during the League’s New Mayor’s and Council Members’ Academy two staff members, Yvonne Hunter and Kaye Brewer, were presented with the National League of Cities’ (NLC) 2012 Stutz Award.

LAO Releases Overview of Gov. Jerry Brown’s FY 2013-14 Budget

January 15, 2013
Yesterday the Legislative Analyst’s Office (LAO) released its overview of Gov. Jerry Brown’s proposed FY 2013-14 Budget.

Cities Look to the Sacramento County Superior Court for Relief from State Redevelopment Money Grab

January 11, 2013
The Sacramento County Superior Court has been flooded since last summer with challenges to AB 1484 (2012), the redevelopment agency dissolution implementation bill, including the case filed by the League of California Cities.

California Attorney General Sends Notice of Class Action Lawsuit Settlement in Case Involving Purchase of LCD Screens

January 11, 2013
The California Attorney General on behalf of a class including cities, counties, school districts and special districts, sued Chunghwa Picture Tubes, LTD for over charging resulting from a price fixing conspiracy for LCD screens found in various electronics including televisions, computer monitors and laptops purchased between 1996 and 2006.

NLC Offers Economic Gardening Webinar on Jan. 22

January 11, 2013
The National League of Cities (NLC) is offering an informational webinar on economic development that will explore the concept of Economic Gardening.

Gov. Brown Releases FY 2013-14 Budget Plan, Focuses on Education and Health Care and Makes Passionate Appeal for Local Control “Subsidiarity” for Schools

January 10, 2013
This morning during a press conference, Gov. Jerry Brown presented his FY 2013-14 budget plan.

Enterprise Zone Program May Continue as Budget Target

January 8, 2013
The media has speculated in recent weeks that Gov. Jerry Brown’s FY 2012-13 budget plan, expected to be released on Thursday, may contain a proposal to cut or limit the Enterprise Zone tax credit program.

Further Inmate Release Could Be Required Despite Governor’s Executive Order Ending Prison System Emergency

January 8, 2013
Today, Gov. Jerry Brown held a press conference regarding his Executive Order to end the emergency in California’s prison system.

Legislature Reconvenes Monday, Governor’s Budget Expected Thursday

January 4, 2013
January promises to be a busy month in the capital city. The Legislature reconvenes on Monday, Jan. 7 for the new 2013-14 legislative session and Gov. Jerry Brown is expected to submit his FY 2013-14 budget by Thursday, Jan. 10.

City Attorneys’ Department to Host Realignment Impacts and Weapons Confiscation Webinar on Feb.13

January 4, 2013
The League’s City Attorneys’ Department announced today that it will host an important webinar titled “Responding to Realignment Impacts and Deadly Weapons in the Community” on Feb. 13. Registration is now open.

Registration Closes Early for Two League Conferences

January 4, 2013
On Thursday, Jan. 3, registration for the 2013 New Mayors and Council Members’ Academy and the 2013 City Managers’ Department Meeting closed early when the meeting space capacities were reached.

December Hit List from WesternCity.com

January 4, 2013
The most popular articles on the Western City magazine website for the month of December include features on ethics, the second amendment, open government and more.

Fiscal Cliff Deal Does Not Include Changes to Municipal Bond Interest Tax Exemption

January 2, 2013
The fiscal cliff deal Congress passed late yesterday, The American Taxpayer Relief Act, to protect tax breaks for middle and lower-income tax payers, is considered to be short term solution that simply delays the more difficult decisions for two months. Good news for cities, the legislation does not include any changes to current tax exemptions for municipal bond interest. 
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