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Obscure Seed Law May Have Wider Implications

November 21, 2014
When Assembly Member Rudy Salas (D-Bakersfield) introduced AB 2470, the bill appeared to be minor legislation intended to make technical changes to the 1967 California Seed Law.

California City Solutions: Rialto’s PRIDE:Platoon Turns Life Around for Troubled Children

November 21, 2014
This story is part of an ongoing series featuring Helen Putnam Award entries.

2015 League Strategic Direction Set

November 19, 2014
Meeting Nov. 13-14, 2014 in Sacramento, approximately 100 leaders of the League’s divisions, departments, policy committees, diversity groups and board of directors participated in an interactive workshop to develop and set the League’s 2015 strategic goals.

Sacramento Bee Reports on the Decisions by Two Cities in Bankruptcy to Remain in CalPERS

November 19, 2014
Sacramento Bee reporter Dale Kasler filed a story on Tuesday examining recent decisions by the cities of Stockton and San Bernardino to pay CalPERS and continue in the retirement system.

2015 New Mayors and Council Members Academy Registration Now Open

November 19, 2014
The position of mayor or council member is one that comes with many responsibilities.

It’s Time to Submit 2015 Annual Conference Call for Proposals

November 19, 2014
Do you have an idea for a session or speaker that will bring the League of California Cities Annual Conference to the next level?

HUD Announces Grant Funding Availability for Choice Neighborhood Implementation

November 19, 2014
The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) recently announced approximately $76 million available for its FY2014 Notice of Funding Availability (NOFA) for the Choice Neighborhoods Implementation Grants.

Two League Conferences Sold Out

November 18, 2014
The 2014 Municipal Finance Institute and City Clerks New Law & Elections Seminar have both officially sold out.  On-site registration for these events will not be offered at this time. Please contact the League office at (916) 658-8200 if you have any additional questions.

League Submits Comments to the OPR Draft Guidelines to Level of Service

November 14, 2014
The League has submitted comments to the Governor’s Office of Planning and Research (OPR) in response to the Preliminary Draft of Updates to the California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA) Guidelines Implementing SB 743 (Steinberg, Chapter 386, Statutes of 2013).

City Clerks New Law Elections Seminar Registration Closes Nov. 17

November 14, 2014
The registration deadline for the 2014 City Clerk's New Law & Elections Seminar is less than a week away. If you have not done so, make sure you register online for the 2014 Seminar no later than Monday, Nov. 17.

California City Solutions: Lakewood Reduces Property Crime with Customized See Something, Say Something Campaign

November 12, 2014
This story is part of an ongoing series featuring Helen Putnam Award entries. The 2014 entries are available on the League’s website as a resource for cities in a searchable database called California city Solutions. Lakewood’s See Something, Say Something campaign was submitted in 2014 for the Public Safety award category.

California Supreme Court Seeks Input on Future of California’s Court System

November 12, 2014
California Supreme Court Associate Justice Carol A. Corrigan and Court of Appeal Justice William R. McGuiness are inviting stakeholders to participate in a survey to help shape the court system.

League, Police Chiefs, DMV Inform Members about New Driver’s License Criteria

November 12, 2014
The League of California Cities and California Police Chiefs Association last week co-hosted a webinar to inform local officials and law enforcement about the implementation of AB 60, which will allow undocumented persons to obtain a driver’s license.

California City Solutions: Laguna Beach Continues to Cultivate Arts Through Business Improvement District

November 7, 2014
This story is part of an ongoing series featuring Helen Putnam Award entries.

CalPERS Dependent Verification Deadline Approaching for Public Agency Retirees

November 7, 2014
CalPERS in conjunction with its contracted vendor, HMS Employer Solutions (HMS), began the verification phase of the Dependent Eligibility Verification (DEV) project in July 2013.

ILG Releases Good Governance Checklist

November 7, 2014
Good governance, its principles and practice help to establish trust between local agencies and the public they serve and hold local officials and staff accountable for their decisions and actions. In an effort to promote good governance at the local level, the Institute for Local Government recently released a “Good Governance Checklist: Good and Better Practices.”

The League’s California Civic Leadership Institute® Graduates Celebrate Assembly Seat Wins

November 6, 2014
The League is proud to congratulate 11 California Civic Leadership Institute (CCLI) graduates who won their Assembly elections Tuesday.

Local Revenue Measure Results November 2014

November 6, 2014
The November statewide election included over 400 local measures including 268 seeking approval for taxes or bonds.

November 2014 Midterm Election Wrap-Up

November 6, 2014
As the ballot dust settles from Tuesday’s election, the mixed bag of results delivered by voters at both the state and national level made for some surprising shake-ups that not even the most seasoned political insider anticipated.

Moody’s Upgrades CalPERS After Approval of Stockton Bankruptcy Plan

November 6, 2014
The Sacramento Bee reported on Wednesday that Moody’s Ratings had issued a statement citing Federal Bankruptcy Court Judge Christopher Klein’s decision last week in the Stockton bankruptcy case as “credit positive” for CalPERS.
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