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League of California Cities Honors Sen. Lou Correa as 2014 Legislator of the Year

September 3, 2014
Sen. Lou Correa (D-Santa Ana) received the League of California Cities’ 2014 Legislator of the Year award, which was announced today at the League’s 2014 Annual Conference and Expo in Los Angeles.

Hal Conklin Receives League of California Cities’ Lifetime Achievement Award

September 3, 2014
The League of California Cities Past Presidents Council today announced the selection of former League President and California Civic Leadership Institute co-founder Hal Conklin as the recipient of the 2014 Past Presidents’ Lifetime Achievement Award.

End of Session Wrap-Up

September 2, 2014
The 2013-14 biennial legislative session wrapped up after 3:00 a.m. Saturday morning.

San Diego County Superior Court Judge Upholds Tentative Ruling Finding SB 7 Constitutional

September 2, 2014
The League of California Cities learned earlier today that Judge Joel Wohlfeil upheld his tentative ruling issued last week holding that SB 7 was not unconstitutional. 

Air Resources Board Announces Public Workshops on SB 375 Greenhouse Gas Emissions Reduction Target Updates

September 2, 2014
The Air Resources Board (ARB) has announced three public workshops to discuss and receive input on the Preliminary Draft Staff Report on the SB 375 Greenhouse Gas Emissions Reduction Target Update Process. 

CPUC Issues Decision on State Video Franchise Renewal

September 2, 2014
On Thursday, Aug. 28, the California Public Utilities Commission issued a decision rules to establish the rules that holders of state video franchises (such as Comcast, Time Warner Cable, Verizon, AT&T and others) must follow to obtain renewal of their franchises issued pursuant to the Digital Infrastructure and Video Competition Act of 2006 (DIVCA).

Superior Court Hears Cities’ Challenge to SB 7

August 29, 2014
On Thursday, Aug. 28, Judge Joel Wohlfeil heard oral argument in San Diego County Superior Court in the constitutional challenge to SB 7, which requires charter cities to pay prevailing wages on city-funded public construction projects.

CalPERS to Open 2014 Board Election Voting, Host Candidate Forum

August 29, 2014
The California Public Employees’ Retirement System (CalPERS) will open the Board of Administration election for the state and public agency member representative positions on Aug. 29.

Sacramento Bee Endorses City of Sacramento Finance Director for CalPERS Board

August 29, 2014
Today the Sacramento Bee published an editorial endorsement for Leyne Milstein, who is running for the CalPERS Board of Administration.

Fitch Ratings Warns CalPERS Board Action on Pensionable Compensation is a “Step Backward”

August 29, 2014
Fitch Ratings, a global credit rating research firm, last week raised questions on whether the CalPERS Board of Administration decision to approve new regulations for special pay categories weakens the sustainability of California’s pension system. 

League of California Cities Launches New and Improved Mobile App

August 28, 2014
Do you want to have the entire League of Cities Annual Conference in the palm of your hand?

Election for CalPERS City Board Rep Next Month

August 28, 2014
The 2014 CalPERS Board Election is just around the corner and CalPERS is asking your help to get the word out. 

Governor and Legislative Leaders Agree to Film and TV Tax Credit Legislation

August 28, 2014
Gov. Jerry Brown announced on Wednesday that he and Assembly Speaker Toni Atkins (D-San Diego), Senate President Pro Tem-elect Kevin DeLeon (D-Los Angeles), Senate President Pro Tem Darrell Steinberg (D-Sacramento), Assembly Republican Leader Connie Conway (R-Tulare) Senate Republican Leader Bob Huff (R-Diamond Bar) have reached a deal on the California Film and Television Job Retention and Promotion Act.

Women Represent Less than 40 Percent of California City Council Members According to New Study

August 28, 2014
Despite statistical gains made nationally for women in elected office, the number of women in California serving in elected office, particularly on city councils, does not reflect California's female population, according to a report released jointly by California Women Lead and the Women's Caucus of the League of California Cities.

Got Badges? SB 556 (Padilla) Contract Employee Disclaimer Bill Moves to Senate

August 26, 2014
The League of California Cities urges its members to ask Gov. Jerry Brown to veto Senate Bill 556, which would prohibit contracted employees from displaying a public agency’s logo without a disclaimer.

Is this the Year for the Return of Tax Increment Authority?

August 25, 2014
Since 2011 local agencies have been without a viable tax increment financing tool, the mechanism which enables growth in property tax in an area over an established base year to support investments in infrastructure and economic development.

League Priority/Hot Bill Status Update

August 25, 2014
The following list reflects the current standing of several priority bills of interest to the League after this week’s fiscal committee deadline.

League Renews Call on CalPERS to Reexamine Whether Special Pay Categories Remain Pensionable Under the 2012 Pension Reform Bill

August 22, 2014
The League of California Cities on Thursday renewed its strong urging that the CalPERS Board of Administration examine whether the 99 “special pay” categories contained in regulations the Board approved last Tuesday comply with the Public Employees’ Pension Reform Act (PEPRA) of 2012.

League Priority Measures Sent to Governor’s Desk; Cities Encouraged to Send Veto/Signature Letters

August 22, 2014
The Legislature passed a handful of League priority measures this week that are now en route to Gov. Jerry Brown.

League Co-Sponsored Bill Allows Local Agencies to Recoup Greater Share of Medi-Cal Transport Costs

August 22, 2014
A League of California Cities-sponsored bill that would pave the way for $300 to $400 million in federal reimbursements for local agencies is speeding through the Legislature with bipartisan support.
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