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California City Solutions: Campbell Partners to Transform Blighted Water District Parcel into Affordable Housing

May 16, 2014
This story is part of an ongoing series featuring Helen Putnam Award entries.

Governor Unveils FY 2014-15 May Revise

May 13, 2014
Gov. Jerry Brown took to the podium earlier today to release his much anticipated FY 2014-15 May Revise budget proposal. Despite the improved fiscal picture, Governor Brown called on the Legislature to “follow a policy of restraint going forward.”

U.S. Senate Committee Releases Federal Transportation Reauthorization Proposal

May 13, 2014
Late Monday night the U.S. Senate Environment and Public Works (EPW) leadership released a much awaited proposal. Initial analysis indicates the six-year proposal maintains current budget levels with indexing for inflation.

Bills in Committee May 12-16

May 9, 2014
The following list reflects League priority and hot bills scheduled to be heard by legislative committees for the week of May 12–16.

Webinar Scheduled for May 28 on U.S. Supreme Court Decision on Prayer in Local Government Meetings

May 8, 2014
The State and Local Legal Center, International Municipal Lawyers Association and the National Conference of State Legislatures are co-sponsoring a free webinar to discuss the recent Supreme Court decision in Town of Greece, New York v. Galloway clarifying allowable prayer practices before local government bodies and state legislatures.

Register Now for League Webinars on “Ban the Box” and Massage Establishment Regulation Legislation

May 8, 2014
The League is offering two important webinars in the coming two weeks for members: How Cities Implement AB 218 (Ban the Box) and AB 1147 Massage Establishment Regulation.

Get Started Early on League Resolutions

May 8, 2014
Policy development is an integral part of the League’s Annual Conference.

California City Solutions: Alameda Partners With Volunteer Organization to Save Animal Shelter

May 8, 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. Alameda’s Friends of the Animal Shelter program was submitted in 2013 for the League Partners Award for Excellence in City-Business Relations award category.

Massage Regulation Webinar Available Free for League Members

May 6, 2014
The League will offer a webinar on May 20 from 10 – 11 a.m. to update members on the latest message regulation legislation, AB 1147.

Bill Seeking to Expand Death Benefits for Firefighters Goes to Governor for Third Time

May 6, 2014
Will the third time be the charm or strike three for a bill that would dramatically increase local government workers’ compensation costs?

Supreme Court Upholds Invocations at the Beginning of Local Government Council Meetings

May 5, 2014
 In a 5-4 decision, the United States Supreme Court held today that the town of Greece, N.Y. did not violate the First Amendment prohibition on establishment of religion by opening its meetings with a legislative invocation or prayer. The Town of Greece, New York v. Galloway decision is available online.

League Board Votes to Support Initiative to Help Fund Multi-Family Housing for Veterans

May 2, 2014
The League board of directors last Thursday voted to support Proposition 41 on the June 2014 statewide ballot, a measure that would restructure the veterans’ bond program so that more veterans can take advantage of unspent bond funds.

League Board Supports Legislation to Regulate Electronic Cigarettes

May 2, 2014
On April 24 the League board of directors took action to support two measures that seek to regulate e-cigarettes on the same manner as tobacco products: AB 1500 (Dickenson) and SB 648 (Corbett).

League Board Approves Water Bond Task Force Recommendations

May 2, 2014
The current California drought has resulted in the introduction of several legislative water bond proposals in addition to the $11.1 billion plan already on the November 2014 statewide ballot.

California City Solutions: Rialto Addresses Childhood Obesity with Fit4Kids Program

May 2, 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. Rialto’s Healthy Rialto Fit4Kids program was submitted in 2013 for the Health and Wellness award category.

League Holds Candidate Forum in American Canyon, Second for North Bay Division

May 2, 2014
The League of California Cities’ North Bay Division, the American Canyon Chamber of Commerce and the Napa Chamber of Commerce held the League’s third legislative candidate forum Wednesday afternoon in American Canyon.

Crucial Doctor Provisions Deleted from Medical Marijuana Bill in Senate Health Committee

May 1, 2014
Significant amendments were taken in the Senate Health Committee on Wednesday to SB 1262 (Correa) that removed nearly all provisions that would have regulated physicians. The committee passed the bill on a 6-0 vote.
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