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Sacramento County Superior Court Decides League’s AB 1484 Lawsuit Not Yet “Ripe”

July 11, 2013
Today the Sacramento County Superior Court ruled that it did not want to decide yet whether the property and sales tax claw back provisions of AB 1484, the redevelopment agency dissolution legislation of 2011, were unconstitutional under Propositions 1A (2004) and 22 (2010) because the penalties had not yet been invoked against the petitioners or any members of the League by the Department of Finance.

Bills in Committee July 8–12

July 8, 2013
Hearings are fairly light this week following the Assembly’s decision to adjourn last Wednesday and the Senate’s plans to adjourn July 12.

Workers’ Comp Legislation Advances to Fiscal Committee for Aug. 12 Hearing

July 8, 2013
On June 26 the Senate Labor and Industrial Relations Committee passed League-opposed AB 1373 (Pérez) on a 4–0 vote.

Bill Threatening Local Contracting Authority Held in Committee

July 8, 2013
AB 1333 (Hernández) was held in the Senate Governance and Finance Committee last Wednesday and will likely not move forward this year.

Major Deadlines Loom as Legislature Adjourns for Summer Recess

July 5, 2013
Both houses will be working overtime when the Legislature reconvenes in August to meet all remaining legislative deadlines before final adjournment in September.

Western City July Issue Promo

July 5, 2013
For 60 years the biggest water projects in California have been drawing water out of the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta for cities and farms.

The Hit List from WesternCity.com

July 5, 2013
Western City magazine has compiled its most popular stories into a “Hit List” showing the top five articles on WesternCity.com during the past month.

Enterprise Zone Clean-up Legislation Heads to Senate for Concurrence

July 3, 2013
Gov. Jerry Brown’s goal of eliminating the state’s Enterprise Zone (EZ) program and replacing it with a new statewide program came to fruition today.

U.S. Supreme Court Land Use Decision Likely Not to Have Same Impact on California as Other States

July 3, 2013
When the United States Supreme Court issued its ruling in Koontz v. St. Johns River Water Management District last week, questions arose about the nationwide effect on local land use policy and the authority to impose fees on development.

Bills in Committee July 1–5

July 1, 2013
It’s going to be another busy week in the Legislature as Assembly members prepare for their customary month-long summer recess scheduled to begin Wednesday.

Register Now for Free Post-Legislative Summer Recess/End of Session Webinar on July 9

July 1, 2013
Join the League’s Legislative team for a briefing on major bills that cities need to advocate for and against when the Legislature resumes after its summer recess of the 2013–14 session.

Enterprise Zone Elimination Legislation Heads to Governor’s Desk

June 28, 2013
Yesterday the Assembly debated and passed AB 93 (Committee on Budget) eliminating the current Enterprise Zone (EZ) Program and replacing it with a state-run system.

Concord’s Efforts to Develop Former Naval Base Slowed Dramatically by State’s Short-Sighted Approach

June 28, 2013
Note: With job creation and affordable housing on the minds of public officials throughout California, the power of state-local partnerships in creating good paying construction and other private sector jobs merits attention. This is part of a series of special papers on some successful partnerships.

Bills Propose Significant Changes to MMBA

June 28, 2013
City labor-relations rules and practices were under attack this week as labor-sponsored bills flew out of the Senate Public Employment and Retirement Committee.

“Ban the Box” Legislation Advances in Senate

June 28, 2013
The Senate Labor and Industrial Relations Committee approved AB 218 (Dickinson) this week moving it to the Senate Judiciary Committee for hearing on July 2.

Bill Limiting Local Authority over Personnel Matters Granted Reconsideration

June 28, 2013
On a 3–1 vote, SB 313 (DeLeón) didn’t receive enough votes to move out of the Assembly Public Safety Committee this week but was granted reconsideration. It will be reheard on July 2.

New Agencies Prepare for Launch of Governor’s Reorganization

June 28, 2013
Nearly a year after the Legislature approved the Governor’s Reorganization Plan (GRP), appointments to the newly created state agencies are being announced in advance of July 1, 2013 when the agencies go into effect.

Annual Conference Resolutions July 20-Submission Deadline Fast Approaching

June 28, 2013
The League’s Annual Conference is Sept. 18–20, but the deadline for resolution submission is only three weeks from tomorrow.

Cities Face Continued Cuts Under Federal House Appropriations Bills

June 28, 2013
Both the House and the Senate continue to work on FY 2014 Appropriation bills.

Governor Signs FY 2013–14 Budget Plan

June 27, 2013
Gov. Jerry Brown signed the FY 2013–14 budget this morning flanked by legislative leaders Senate Pro Tem Darrell Steinberg (D-Sacramento) and Assembly Speaker John A. Pérez (D-Los Angeles).
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