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Wear Jeans on April 29 in Solidarity to Protest Sexual Violence

April 17, 2015
Each year in the Capitol scores of normally suit-clad legislators, staff and lobbyists, leave their formal attire at home and instead wear denim.

Senate Transportation Funding Proposal Contains Important Revenues for California’s Local Streets and Roads

April 15, 2015
The proposal announced today by Sen. Jim Beall (D-San Jose) to create a five-year temporary funding source for California’s transportation system would provide much-needed funding to maintain and preserve local roadways, which comprise more than 80 percent of the state’s system.

CalRecycle to Release Criteria for its Greenhouse Gas Reduction Grant and Loan Program on April 21

April 15, 2015
CalRecycle is scheduled to present the proposed criteria for the Greenhouse Gas Reduction Grant and Loan Programs at a public meeting on Wednesday, April 21.

League Launches Water Issues Listserv

April 13, 2015
In response to the state’s first mandatory water restrictions, the League of California Cities has created a new Listserv to facilitate discussion among local officials about water issues.

Senate Budget Subcommittee Voices Concern about DOF Redevelopment Dissolution Budget Proposal

April 10, 2015
In a hearing lasting more than two hours on Thursday, dozens of cities testified before the Senate Budget Subcommittee No. 4 on State Administration and General Government.

Bills in Committee: April 13-17

April 10, 2015
With the Legislature’s policy committees now in full swing, the League will begin regularly updating members on upcoming hearings on bills of interest to cities.

Efforts Continue With AB 2 (Alejo & Garcia) to Re-Establish the RDA Tool

April 10, 2015
The League continues to work with Assembly Member Luis Alejo (D-Salinas) and a coalition of other stakeholders to restore a redevelopment tool that can be used to assist California’s most disadvantaged and poorest areas.

Cities Urged to Support New Market Tax Credit Legislation

April 10, 2015
The League supports AB 185, authored by Assembly Members Eduardo Garcia (D-Coachella) and Jose Medina (D-Riverside), proposing to create the California New Markets Tax Credit program.

WEBINAR: Legislative Action Days Preview Briefing on Priority Bills

April 10, 2015
Join the League’s Legislative team on Thursday, April 23 from 1:30-3 p.m. for a legislative briefing to review the top priority bills that will impact local governments. League lobbyists will be sharing information on legislation affecting RDA follow-up, transportation funding, employee relations, public safety and local control.   

California City Solutions: Burbank Police Department Teams Up to Address Mental Health Incidents

April 10, 2015
This story is part of an ongoing series featuring Helen Putnam Award entries.

Upcoming Federal TIGER Grant Webinars

April 10, 2015
U.S. Transportation Secretary Foxx has announced $500 million in the seventh round of TIGER (Transportation Investment Generating Economic Recovery) grants. Pre-applications are due May 4 with final applications due June 5.  

2015 League Hot and Priority Bill List — April 8

April 8, 2015
With the 2015 Legislative Session underway, the League has sifted through hundreds of bills and is working on those of most import to cities.

Cities Encouraged to Comment on Drought Emergency Regulations

April 8, 2015
The California State Water Board is requesting comments and ideas from cities on its newly released draft regulatory framework to implement the required 25 percent potable urban water savings called for in Gov. Jerry Brown’s April 1, 2015 Executive Order.

California City Solutions: Temecula Forms Collaborative Partnership to Provide Resources for Autism and Special Needs

April 3, 2015
This story is part of an ongoing series featuring Helen Putnam Award entries.

Governor Issues California’s First Mandatory Water Restrictions

April 1, 2015
Gov. Jerry Brown is not only calling on Californians to save water, he took action today to require the State Water Resources Control Board to implement restrictions that mandate a 25 percent reduction statewide based on 2013 consumption.

Key to Solving Homelessness is Housing, Not Special Exemptions for Homeless

April 1, 2015
The League this week announced its opposition to SB 608 (Liu), the Right to Rest Act.

League Supports Key Elements of Assembly Speaker’s Affordable Housing Funding Package

April 1, 2015
The League has joined a coalition in support of an effort led by Assembly Speaker Toni Atkins (D-San Diego) to dramatically expand state resources for affordable housing.

The League’s 2015 Legislative Action Day is Wednesday, April 29

April 1, 2015
If your city has not registered for the League’s Annual Legislative Action Day, be sure to sign up today because this important event is fast approaching.

BOE Releases Guide to Local Sales Tax Measures

April 1, 2015
A local add-on sales tax is legally a “transactions and use tax” (TrUT) and must be adopted in conformance with state law.

HCD Requests Comments from Small Cities on Five Year Consolidated Plan Outlining New Federal Funding

April 1, 2015
The California Department of Housing and Community Development (HCD) is opening a public review period and requesting comments on its Draft State of California 2015-2020 Consolidated Plan.
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