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Oil by Rail Page Now Available on League Website

March 16, 2015
The League has been carefully monitoring the issue of the transport crude oil and other hazardous materials and has convened a number of related meetings for members.

DWR Opens Public Comment Period on Draft Proposition 84 Grant Guidelines

March 16, 2015
The Department of Water Resources (DWR) has released the draft Guidelines and Proposal Solicitation Package (PSP) for the 2015 Implementation Grant Solicitation funded by Proposition 84 (The Safe Drinking Water, Water Quality and Supply, Flood Control, River and Coastal Protection Bond Act of 2006).

Three Water Bond Workshops Scheduled for April

March 16, 2015
The State Water Board, Division of Financial Assistance is hosting public workshops in April on the Proposition 1 Water Recycling Funding Program (WRFP).

League Members Advocate for City Priorities During 2015 NLC City Congressional Conference

March 13, 2015
More than 2,000 city leaders from throughout the nation met in Washington, D.C. this week for the 2015 National League of Cities Congressional City Conference.

Upcoming Legislative Hearings of Interest March 17-April 22

March 13, 2015
The League’s lobbying team continues to review the flood of bills introduced before the Feb. 27 deadline, determining which of them may be of significant interest to cities. 

California City Solutions: Mixed-Use Historical Development Brings Arts and Entertainment District to Downtown Vallejo

March 13, 2015
This story is part of an ongoing series featuring Helen Putnam Award entries.

Register Today for the 2015 Drought Briefing

March 13, 2015
California has entered its fourth year of drought with far-reaching impacts on water supply, agriculture, habitat, fish and wildlife and water conservation.

Application Period Opens for League Board of Directors At-Large Position and Second Vice President

March 11, 2015
The League of California Cities is now accepting nominations from elected officials interested in serving in one of six at-large board positions (two-year term), or as second vice president (one-year term).

Mayors and Council Members Executive Forum Returns

March 11, 2015
The Mayors and Council Members Executive Forum is returning this year for the first time since 2009.

State Water Resources Control Board to Consider Drought-Related Emergency Regulations

March 11, 2015
The State Water Resources Control Board will review a proposed water conservation emergency resolution and accompanying regulations at its March 17 board meeting in Sacramento.

Stockton Record Columnist Michael Fitzgerald Writes on Lessons from Stockton Emergency from Bankruptcy and Future Opportunities

March 9, 2015
Stockton’s bankruptcy made national news but now that the city on the other side of Chapter 9 proceedings, the city is engaged in moving forward.

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

March 9, 2015
It is not too early to register for the League’s Annual Legislative Action Day. Scheduled for Wednesday, April 29, the one-day event is free for League members and League Partners.

City Officials Testify in Opposition of Governor’s RDA Dissolution Proposal

March 6, 2015
City officials from up and down the state testified before the Assembly Budget Subcommittee No. 4 on State Administration Tuesday in opposition to Gov. Jerry Brown’s FY 2015-16 redevelopment dissolution budget proposal.

Upcoming Legislative Hearings of Interest March 10-April 22

March 6, 2015
Legislators have begun work on the number of bills that were introduced as of the Feb. 27 deadline.

League Releases Federal Lobbying Documents

March 6, 2015
As thousands of city officials visit Washington D.C. next week as part of NLC’s Congressional City Conference (link to Monday’s article), Congress will have the opportunity to hear what is important to cities across the nation.

Upcoming Webinar: CalPERS Consideration on Removing Broad Network HMO Plans in Some Regions

March 6, 2015
Local officials are invited to provide feedback to the California Public Employees Retirement System (CalPERS) proposal to remove the Broad Network HMO plans for Anthem and Blue Shield in those regions in which there is an overlap of their Narrow Networks.

California City Solutions: San Mateo Develops Student Curriculum for Park Playground Renovation

March 6, 2015
This story is part of an ongoing series featuring Helen Putnam Award entries.

ARB Announces Third Public Workshop on FY 2015-16 Plan for Air Quality Improvement Program

March 6, 2015
The Air Resources Board (ARB) invites officials to participate in the third public workshop to discuss the development of the FY 2015-16 Funding Plan for the Air Quality Improvement Program (AQIP) and Low Carbon Transportation Investments. 

California Supreme Court Finds Sex Offender Residency Restrictions Under Jessica’s Law Unconstitutional As Applied; Cities Should Review Local Ordinances

March 4, 2015
The California Supreme Court issued a decision on Monday, March 2, in In re Taylor — the case challenging the constitutionality of residency restrictions under Proposition 83, also known as Jessica’s Law.

California Supreme Court Provides Guidance on the “Unusual Circumstances Exception” From Applying a Categorical Exemption under CEQA

March 4, 2015
On Monday, March 2, the California Supreme Court issued its opinion in Berkeley Hillside Preservation v. City of Berkeley, clarifying and providing guidance to cities on the use of categorical exemptions for projects under the California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA).  
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