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City Managers Ron Bates and John Shirey to Receive 2014 National Public Service Award

March 14, 2014
Two California city managers, Ronald Bates of Pico Rivera and John Shirey of Sacramento, have been selected as the recipients of the 2014 National Public Service Award (NPSA).

New Federal Grant Opportunities Available for Cities

March 14, 2014
U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development and the U.S. Department of Justice are offering several grant opportunities of interest to cities and local governments.

OPR Announces Local Government Drought Toolkit

March 14, 2014
The article was originally published on March 11 by the Association of California Water Agencies.

Legislators, Mayors, Council Members and Law Enforcement Urge Legislature to Sunset Massage Therapy Regulation Legislation and Stop Proliferation of Illegitimate Massage Establishments

March 11, 2014
Mayors, council members, police chiefs and other law enforcement flooded the Capitol on Monday to call on the Legislature to replace SB 731 of 2008 with regulations that restore local control over massage therapy businesses to California cities and police departments.

GO-Biz Offers New Round of California Competes Tax Credit Workshops

March 11, 2014
Gov. Jerry Brown’s Office of Business and Economic Development (GO-Biz) is hosting a second series of workshops on its new California Competes Tax Credit (CCC) program.

League to Offer Webinar on Workforce Wellness

March 11, 2014
On Thursday, March 20, the League of California Cities’ League Partner program will offer a free webinar outlining the various resources available to cities to help build and grow employee wellness programs.

Various Redevelopment Dissolution Clean-Up Bills Introduced

March 7, 2014
Several legislative “clean-up” measures have been introduced this session to address problems with the complicated and frustrating redevelopment dissolution process.

League Launches Online Legislative Take Action Tool

March 7, 2014
The League of California Cities is pleased to offer a new tool to its members that will help streamline the process of communicating your city’s support or opposition to League “hot’ bills” (legislation that holds significant impact on cities).

New League Best Practices Database Houses Hundreds of Model Innovative City Programs

March 7, 2014
The League of California Cities announces a new best practices database for cities seeking ideas on how to provide local services.

Interested In Serving on the League Board of Directors?

March 7, 2014
The League of California Cities is now accepting nominations from elected officials interested in serving in one of the six at-large board positions (two-year term), or as second vice president (one-year term).

President Obama Appoints League President and San Francisco Treasurer to Advisory Council on Financial Capability for Young Americans

March 7, 2014
Late last week the White House announced that San Francisco Treasurer and League of California Cities President José Cisneros was appointed vice chair of the President’s Advisory Council on Financial Capability for Young Americans.

New Round of TIGER Grants Available

March 7, 2014
President Obama recently announced a new round of federal Transportation Investments Generating Economic Recovery (TIGER) grants totaling $600 million, to be awarded by the Department of Transportation (DOT), as part of a broader four-year transportation program.

California Cities May be Eligible for Payment in Multi-State Dynamic Random Access Memory Computer Chips Settlement

March 7, 2014
Attorney General Kamala D. Harris announced on Wednesday a $310 million multi-state settlement with major manufacturers of Dynamic Random Access Memory (DRAM) computer chips over price fixing allegations.

Governor Signs Legislation Addressing Redevelopment Dissolution Issues

March 3, 2014
On Feb. 18, Gov. Jerry Brown signed legislation authored by Assembly Speaker-Elect Toni Atkins (D-San Diego) clarifying current law governing the dissolution of local redevelopment agencies (RDA).

NLC to Host Thousands of City Leaders During 2014 Congressional City Conference

March 3, 2014
The National League of Cities (NLC) will hold its annual Congressional City Conference in Washington, D.C. from March 8–12 this year. During the conference, participants from across the nation will engage and meet with U.S. House of Representatives and Senate members to discuss federal policy issues of paramount importance to cities and local governments.

New League Hot Issues Webpage Focuses on SB 1262 (Correa), Medical Marijuana Regulation Proposal

March 3, 2014
The League is co-sponsoring medical marijuana regulation legislation SB 1262 (Correa) with the California Police Chiefs Association to improve the regulation of medical cannabis in a manner that protects local control, addresses important public safety concerns, and enhances health and safety standards.

Reminder: Massage Industry Regulation Sunset Review Committee Scheduled for March 10

March 3, 2014
The Assembly Business, Professions and Consumer Protection Committee and the Senate Business, Professions and Economic Development Committee will hold a joint hearing Monday, March 10 at 9:00 a.m. in the State Capitol, Room 4203 to review expiring sunset provisions of SB 731 (Oropeza, 2007) relating to the regulation of massage therapy.
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