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California City Solutions: Elk Grove’s Transitional Housing Gets Homeless on New Track

October 10, 2014
This story is part of an ongoing series featuring Helen Putnam Award entries.

FPPC Investigation Fines Public Officials Who Failed to Report Gifts from Bond-Finance Company

October 7, 2014
The San Diego Union Tribune this week reported that hundreds of public officials from throughout California failed to report various gifts from Stone & Young, a former municipal bond underwriter that has subsequently been acquired by Stifel Financial Corp.

League Offering Oil-by-Rail Safety Webinar Series

October 7, 2014
The League of California Cities is hosting a series of webinars for local elected leaders, public safety officials and interested city staff about the increasing transport of crude oil by rail.

California City Solutions: City of Weed Volunteers Bring Charm Back to Main Street, Future Is Bright

October 3, 2014
This story is part of an ongoing series featuring Helen Putnam Award entries.

League Offers AB 1147 (Massage Therapy Act) Implementation Webinar

October 3, 2014
AB 1147 (Bonilla) was signed into law by Gov. Jerry Brown on Sept. 19 and goes into effect on Jan. 1, 2015.

2015 City Managers Department Meeting Registration Now Open

October 3, 2014
Registration is now open for the 2015 City Managers Department Meeting, Jan. 28-30 in San Francisco.

Participate in Manage Your Money Week to Promote the Importance of Good Financial Management

October 3, 2014
The State Controller's Financial Literacy Advisory Committee is looking for partners to promote and participate in Manage Your Money Week (MYMW), Oct. 18-25.

New Report Issued on Uncounted Vote-by-Mail Ballots

October 3, 2014
The California Civic Engagement Project (CCEP) of the UC Davis Center for Regional Change has recently released an issue brief examining California's vote-by-mail use, California's Uncounted Vote-By-Mail Ballots: Identifying Variation in County Processing.

CalPERS to Begin Verification Phase of Dependent Eligibility

October 3, 2014
Beginning in July 2013, CalPERS and its contracted vendor, HMS Employer Solutions (HMS), began the verification phase of the Dependent Eligibility Verification (DEV) project.

SCE and Bakersfield Work Together During Historic California Drought

October 3, 2014
The following is a guest article from Southern California Edison about the utility’s efforts to provide 1.5 billion gallons of water to help the city of Bakersfield get through the dry summer months.

DWR Releases Guidance on General Plan Amendments for Addressing Flood Risk

October 3, 2014
The California Department of Water Resources (DWR) has announced the release of the Guidance on General Plan Amendments for Addressing Flood Risk.

Judge Rules Public Employee Pension Contracts May Be Reduced in Chapter 9 Bankruptcy Proceedings Just Like Other Contracts

October 2, 2014
On Oct. 1 U.S. Bankruptcy Judge Christopher Klein in Sacramento ruled from the bench that as a matter of federal law the pension agreements between the city of Stockton and CalPERS could be modified in Chapter 9 municipal bankruptcy proceedings.

Mathur Named Preliminary Winner of CalPERS Board Election With Disappointing Turnout

October 2, 2014
Preliminary election results were announced Wednesday for the California Public Employee Retirement System (CalPERS) Board of Administration elections.

Governor Vetoes Burdensome Collective Bargaining Measure; Authorizes IFD’s and Looks to Next Year for Partnership on Redevelopment Alternative

September 30, 2014
The waning hours until Gov. Jerry Brown’s bill-signing deadline at midnight Tuesday brought a flurry of decisions significant to cities.

Single Use Plastic Bags Now Banned Statewide for Certain Retailers

September 30, 2014
Gov. Jerry Brown today, with less than 24 hours left to take action on bills, signed the nation’s first single use carryout plastic bag ban.

League Priority Bill Update, Sept. 29

September 29, 2014
Approximately 216 bills currently await Gov. Jerry Brown’s action before tomorrow’s Sept. 30 signing deadline.

NLC's 2015 Leadership and Steering Committee Appointments Process Gets Underway

September 29, 2014
The process for leadership and membership appointments to the National League of Cities’ (NLC) Committees and Councils is now officially underway.

Comment Period Opens for Recently Released SGC Cap-and-Trade Funds Draft Guidelines

September 29, 2014
The Strategic Growth Council last week released preliminary draft guidelines for the Affordable Housing and Sustainable Communities (AHSC) program that will be funded by cap and trade auction revenues.

Governor Vetoes Bills for New Cities, Annexations

September 29, 2014
Gov. Jerry Brown on Sunday declined to sign bills that would have restored funding to recently incorporated cities and cities that have annexed inhabited areas.

NLC Webinar Nov. 7: Prepare for the Last Days of the 113th Congress

September 29, 2014
After the dust has settled from the 2014 midterm elections, hear from the National League of Cities’ staff on what cities can expect from the upcoming lame duck session of Congress in a webinar on Friday, Nov. 7 at 10:00 a.m.
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