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Pre-Conference Sessions Available at the League’s Annual Conference & Expo

August 22, 2014
Wondering how to spend your time on Wednesday, Sept. 3, leading up to the General Session kickoff?  We’ve got you covered!

USDA Offers Grants to Increase Economic Opportunity and Improve the Quality of Life in Rural Areas

August 22, 2014
The U.S. Department of Agriculture recently announced that it is seeking applications for grants that will be awarded to organizations to provide critical financial and technical assistance to recipients to develop and strengthen their capacity to carry out housing, community facilities and community and economic development projects.

Governor Calls CalPERS Board to Task for Including Temporary Pay for Pension Calculations

August 20, 2014
The CalPERS Board of Administration today voted 7-5 to approve new regulations that include close to 100 categories of “special pay” as pensionable for employees hired after the Public Employees’ Pension Reform Act (PEPRA).

FY 2014-15 Budget Trailer Bills Making Way Through Legislature

August 20, 2014
The Assembly Budget Committee approved a package of budget cleanup bills last week that clarified and/or corrected various provisions in the FY 2014-15 Budget Act.

CalPERS Pension and Benefits Committee Approves Regulations Concerning “Pensionable Compensation”

August 19, 2014
Following a brief public hearing today, the CalPERS Pension and Benefits Committee on a 6-2 vote accepted its staff recommendation to adopt new regulations for determining which forms of compensation are “pensionable” for employees hired under the Public Employees’ Pension Reform Act of 2012 (PEPRA), as further amended in 2013.

Medical Marijuana Bill Held in Committee; Frames Discussion for Future Legislative Debates

August 15, 2014
The Assembly Appropriations Committee yesterday held SB 1262 by Sen. Lou Correa (D-Santa Ana), which would have established a robust regulatory structure for medical marijuana.

Update: 2014 League Hot and Priority Bill Status; End of Session Nears

August 15, 2014
Next Friday, Aug. 22, marks the deadline to amend bills in the Legislature. Once that deadline ticks past, the final days of the session are often chock-full of “gut-and-amend” bills.

California City Solutions: Rancho Cucamonga Develops Staff Training Program for Changing Workforce

August 15, 2014
This story is part of an ongoing series featuring Helen Putnam Award entries.

Trimmed Down Water Bond Receives Unprecedented Bipartisan Support; Now Heads to Voters in November as Proposition 1

August 14, 2014
Gov. Jerry Brown last night signed a historic water bond that passed earlier in the evening with bipartisan support in both the Senate and Assembly.

Cap-and-Trade Workshop in Oakland Date Changed to Sept. 3

August 14, 2014
Cities planning to participate in the Cap-and-Trade Workshop in Oakland should note that the event has been moved from Aug. 20 to Sept. 3.

Rail and Transit Program Public Workshops

August 14, 2014
The California State Transportation Agency (CalSTA) has announced a trio of regulatory and public workshops this month for two new rail and transit programs.

Bills in Committee: Aug. 11–15

August 8, 2014
The following is a list of League priority and hot bills scheduled to be heard as the Legislature prepares to meet the Aug. 15 fiscal committee deadline.

CalEPA/ARB to Hold Cap-and-Trade Auction Proceed Investment Public Workshop

August 8, 2014
The California Environmental Protection Agency (CalEPA) and Air Resources Board (ARB) will hold  three public workshops this month to discuss three items: the investment of Cap-and-Trade auction proceeds in disadvantaged communities, the identification of disadvantaged communities and the criteria for determining benefits to disadvantaged communities in accordance with SB 535 (De León, Chapter 830, Statutes of 2012).

Time Running Short as Lawmakers, Governor Wrangle over Water Bond

August 8, 2014
Against the backdrop of one of the most severe droughts in recorded California history, lawmakers debate on about whether to replace Proposition 43, the $11.1 billion water bond, with a less costly option.

Bill Signed By Governor Clarifies Stormwater Management Fees

August 8, 2014
Gov. Jerry Brown signed a new law clarifying how Proposition 218 applies to fees for domestic water supply. AB 2403 (Rendon) amends the definition of "water" in the Proposition 218 Implementation Act so that it is consistent with recent court decisions.

Update: 2014 League Hot and Priority Bill List

August 6, 2014
The following list reflects bills of current priority interest to the League with support or oppose positions.

NLC Urges City Officials to Engage Senators during August Recess on MITFA

August 6, 2014
Now that Congress has adjourned for August recess, the National League of Cities (NLC) is encouraging local city officials to engage their U.S. Senators regarding the Marketplace and Internet Tax Fairness Act (MITFA), S. 2609.

Correction: State Readies $75 Million in Veterans’ Homeless, Housing Funds

August 5, 2014
The state aims to make at least $75 million for multifamily housing available this fall under the voter-approved Veterans Housing and Homeless Prevention Program.

Major Employee-Backed Legislation Costly to Local Agencies Awaits Final Legislative Action

August 5, 2014
With less than a month to go in the legislative session there are currently five major pending measures sponsored by local employee groups that the League and other organizations oppose due to concerns over increased costs and limitations on local authority.

Legislature Returns from Summer Recess; Upcoming Legislative Deadlines

August 1, 2014
On Monday, legislative business resumes as legislators return after the summer recess to conclude the 2013-14 Legislative Session.
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