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Local Control over Joint Powers Authorities at Risk with AB 1217

June 29, 2015
Legislation currently moving through the Senate could endanger the ability of local governments to determine for themselves the governance structure of joint powers authorities.

Storm Water Strategic Initiative Stakeholder Meeting Scheduled for July 7

June 29, 2015
The State Water Resources Control Board Storm Water Program is holding a stakeholder meeting and providing an opportunity for public comment on the Storm Water Strategic Initiative Proposal to develop a Storm Water Program work plan and Implementation Strategy.

Bills in Committee: June 29-July 2

June 26, 2015
Policy committees are in full swing with just a few more weeks before the Legislature adjourns on July 17.

California City Solutions: Hermosa Beach Decision-Making Tool and Community Dialogues Enhance Trust

June 26, 2015
This story is part of an ongoing series featuring Helen Putnam Award entries.

New Travel Solutions Available to Cities through U.S. Communities

June 25, 2015
U.S. Communities, the League of California Cities®-sponsored cooperative purchasing program, is conducting two complimentary one-hour webinars to introduce its new Travel Services and Solutions cooperative contract.

Annual Conference Resolutions Due by Aug. 1

June 25, 2015
Policy development is a key part of the League's legislative effectiveness.

ILG Launches Public Engagement Survey

June 25, 2015
Does your city experience public engagement challenges?

U.S. Supreme Court Invalidates Los Angeles Ordinance Requiring Hotel Operators to Allow Police Inspection of Guest Records

June 23, 2015
The U.S. Supreme Court ruled yesterday, in City of Los Angeles v. Patel, that a provision of the Los Angeles Municipal Code requiring hotel operators to make certain guest register information available to police on demand violates the Fourth Amendment.

Affordable Housing and Sustainable Communities Grants to be Awarded

June 23, 2015
The Strategic Growth Council (SGC) is scheduled to award over $120 million in Affordable Housing and Sustainable Communities (AHSC) grants and loans at its next meeting on June 30. Staff recommendations for the program have been released this week.

WEBINAR: Employee Relations Legislative Webinar Series

June 23, 2015
Please join the League of California Cities® Personnel and Employee Relations Department on Tuesday, June 30 at 10 a.m. for the next installment in its webinar series on proposed legislation relevant to human resources professionals. League staff will discuss bills moving through the legislative process.

RDA Trailer Bill Finally in Print as AB 113

June 19, 2015
Since January when the Administration’s Redevelopment Dissolution “simplification” proposal first emerged the League has been trying to advocate for and protect the interests of cities across a broad swath of issues.

Cities Fare Well as Legislature Approves Final FY 2015-16 Budget

June 19, 2015
The Legislature held a rare Friday session today to debate and ultimately adopt the final bills of the FY 2015-16 state budget package.

Bills in Committee: June 22-26

June 19, 2015
The Legislature is still working on the FY 2015-16 budget.

California City Solutions: Santa Maria’s Code Compliance Officers Walk and Talk with Residents

June 19, 2015
This story is part of an ongoing series featuring Helen Putnam Award entries.

League Board Will Consider Endorsements for NLC Board and NLC Second Vice President Positions

June 19, 2015
Each year the League of California Cities’® board of directors invites membership interested in running for National League of Cities’ (NLC) board of directors or for second vice president of the NLC board of directors, to apply for endorsement from our League board of directors.

U.S. Supreme Court’s Sign Case May Require Altering Sign Codes Nationwide

June 19, 2015
In Reed v. Town of Gilbert the U.S. Supreme Court held unanimously that Gilbert’s Sign Code, which treats various categories of signs differently based on the information they convey, violates the First Amendment.

Governor Calls Special Session on Transportation during Budget Agreement News Conference

June 16, 2015
Less than 24 hours after the Legislature passed a partial FY 2015-16 budget package that contained $749 million in spending above Gov. Jerry Brown’s proposal, the two sides finally reached a deal.

Legislature Adopts Partial Budget Package, Negotiations Continue

June 15, 2015
The Legislature today adopted a partial FY 2015-16 budget package by passing the main budget bill (AB 93) and four trailer bills.

California Supreme Court Upholds San Jose’s Inclusionary Housing Ordinance against Constitutional Challenge

June 15, 2015
Today the California Supreme Court issued its decision in California Building Industry Association v. City of San Jose, in which the Court held that San Jose’s inclusionary housing ordinance was not a taking of private property for public use under the California or federal constitutions.

DWR Holding Public Meetings on Draft Model Landscape Ordinance on June 16 and 19

June 15, 2015
New California yards and commercial landscaping would use far less water under the rules of a model landscape ordinance updated by the California Department of Water Resources (DWR) at the direction of Gov. Jerry Brown.
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