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Governor Brown Discusses Policy Priorities with League Board of Directors

April 30, 2014
Gov. Jerry Brown met with the League board of directors last Thursday during their meeting in Sacramento. The almost-one hour discussion focused on a wide range of issues facing the state and local governments throughout California.

Free Webinar for Members on Proposed Changes in Risk Pooling for Small Public Agencies

April 28, 2014
The League, California Public Employees’ Retirement System (CalPERS) Chief Actuary Alan Milligan and  Deputy Chief Actuary David Lamoureux are hosting an informative webinar on the recently proposed changes to pension risk pools for CalPERS agencies with less than 100 employees as a result of the 2012 pension reform.

City Officials Engage Legislators on Local Priorities during Legislative Action Day

April 28, 2014
Nearly 200 local officials attended the League’s 2014 Legislative Action Day on Wednesday, April 23 in Sacramento to advocate on behalf of cities.

2014 League Hot and Priority Bill List

April 28, 2014
The 2014 Legislative Session is in full swing and there is no shortage of bills that have caught the League’s attention.

City Managers' Department Meeting Call for Proposals Now Open

April 25, 2014
City managers need to be knowledgeable in many fields. What can your department contribute to the education and success of your city manager?

California City Solutions: San Leandro Becomes A Destination for Innovation with Super-Fast Fiber Optic Network

April 25, 2014
This story is part of an ongoing series featuring Helen Putnam Award entries. These entries are also now available on the League’s website as a resource for cities in a searchable database called California City Solutions. Lit San Leandro was submitted in 2013 for the Community Services and Economic Development award category.

GRANT OPPORTUNITIES: Cities Encouraged to Apply for DOJ and NHPRC Grant Opportunities

April 25, 2014
The U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) and the National Historical Publications and Records Commission (NHPRC) are offering several grant opportunities of interest to cities and local governments.

Juvenile Accountability Block Grants Funding Availability Announced

April 25, 2014
The Board of State and Community Corrections (BSCC) recently announced a Notice of Funding Availability (NOFA) for Juvenile Accountability Block Grants (JABG) funding for FY 2014-15.

City Attorneys, Managers Invited to a Free Webinar After the U.S. Supreme Court Issues its Opinion on Prayer in Local Government Meetings

April 25, 2014
The Supreme Court's decision in Town of Greece v. Galloway may change allowable prayer practices before local government bodies and state legislatures.

League Immediate Past President Bogaard Joins Assembly Members Bonilla, Holden and Gomez to Unveil the Massage Therapy Act of 2014

April 23, 2014
City officials from throughout California participated in a news conference this morning with Assembly Members Susan Bonilla (D-Concord), Jimmy Gomez (D-Los Angeles) and Chris Holden (D-Pasadena) to announce a major reform measure to overhaul California's existing massage therapy law.

League Co-Sponsored Medical Marijuana Bill Passes First Legislative Committee Milestone

April 21, 2014
This afternoon the Senate Business, Professions and Economic Development Committee voted 8-0 to pass SB 1262 (Correa). The bill, sponsored by the California Police Chiefs Association and co-sponsored by the League, provides the first true regulatory framework for the implementation of Proposition 215 (the Compassionate Use Act).

Hundreds of City Officials Set to Descend Sacramento on Wednesday for Legislative Action Day

April 21, 2014
The League is preparing for a busy week in Sacramento with a number of key bills up in legislative policy committees and the organization’s annual Legislative Action Day.

Second in Series of Workforce Wellness Webinars Scheduled for May 1

April 21, 2014
The next webinar in the Cities for Workforce Health series, sponsored by the League’s Partner program, will be held on Thursday, May 1 from 11 a.m. to 12 p.m. This free webinar will focus on optimizing participation in workforce wellness programs.

California City Solutions: West Hollywood Creates Tools to Make Art a Part of the Community

April 18, 2014
This story is part of an ongoing series featuring Helen Putnam Award for Excellence program entries. These entries are also now available on the League’s website as a resource for cities in a searchable database called California City Solutions. West Hollywood’s Urban Art Program was submitted in 2013 for the Economic Development through the Arts award category.

Western City Article on Controversial Bay-Delta Conservation Plan Wins Award

April 18, 2014
The California Association of Public Information Officials (CAPIO) recognized the League of California Cities’ Western City magazine for its article, “The Bay-Delta Conservation Plan: An Overview and Local Perspectives.”

League of California Cities Issues Statement on Good Government, Transparency and the Sentencing of Former Bell City Manager Robert Rizzo

April 16, 2014
With the announcement today of former Bell City Manager Robert Rizzo on 69 counts of public corruption, the League of California Cities reiterated the organization’s stance on good government and transparency.

Senate President Pro Tem Steinberg Announces Cap and Trade Proposal

April 14, 2014
Today League Executive Director Chris McKenzie joined Senate President Pro Tem Darrell Steinberg (D-Sacramento) along with other transportation and housing stakeholders at a press conference to announce legislation that would allocate revenues from Cap and Trade auctions to various transportation and housing programs.

North Bay Division Holds Second Candidate Forum in Novato

April 14, 2014
The North Bay Division of the League of California Cities and the North Bay Leadership Council held the League’s second legislative candidate forum last Friday in Novato.

Local Governments Set to Re-Launch PACE Energy Efficiency Program this Summer

April 14, 2014
Millions of California homeowners will be able to more easily save money by reducing their energy and water use through an innovative public-private financing partnership for energy and water efficiency projects with the decision to re-launch the nation’s largest Property Assessed Clean Energy (PACE) program.

Sexual Harassment Avoidance Training Offered April 28

April 14, 2014
Best Best & Krieger (BB&K) is offering AB 1825 — Sexual Harassment Avoidance Training at all of the California BB&K offices through two-way video conferencing services on Monday, April 28 from 9-11 a.m.
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