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New Transportation Advisory Committee Hits the Ground Running on Road Charge Pilot Program

May 8, 2015
The California Transportation Commission (CTC), in  consultation with the California State Transportation Agency Secretary, has  formed a 15-member Technical Advisory Committee (TAC) in response to the enactment of SB 1077 (DeSaulnier, 2014).  

ARB Releases Short-Lived Climate Pollutant Reduction Strategy for Public Review

May 8, 2015
The Air Resources Board (ARB) has released, for public review, a concept paper to initiate discussion on the development of a Short-Lived Climate Pollutant Reduction Strategy.  

State Water Resources Control Board Formally Adopts Strict Water Restrictions

May 6, 2015
Californians are about to feel the severity of the drought more acutely later this month when the severe water restrictions adopted yesterday by the State Water Resources Control Board (SWRCB) go into effect.

Join NLC’s Big Ideas for Cities in Los Angeles or Via Webcast

May 6, 2015
Big Ideas for Cities is coming to Los Angeles on May 8. Co-hosted by the National League of Cities (NLC) and the city of Los Angeles, the event offers a chance to convene for an interactive dialogue with mayors who are deeply committed to moving our country forward by taking bold steps at the local level.

Legislative Action Day Brings Hundreds of City Officials to the Capitol to Advocate for City Priorities

May 1, 2015
The League’s annual Legislative Action day started on Wednesday morning with a policy update for the assembled city officials on the major pending issues affecting cities.

Summit Brings Together Environmental Experts, Public Safety and State Officials to Discuss the Impact of California’s Illegal Marijuana Grow Sites

May 1, 2015
Room 127 in the Capitol was filled to capacity on Wednesday as legislators and their staff attended an almost two-hour discussion on the dangers of illegal marijuana growing in California.

A New Arrow in the Quiver: League Rolls-Out New Mobile App to Connect City Officials Instantly with Legislators

May 1, 2015
On Wednesday during Legislative Action Day, the League rolled-out a new advocacy tool that will enable city officials to play an active role in shaping state policy.

Assembly Speaker’s Affordable Housing Bill Passes Its First Committee

May 1, 2015
With the loss of redevelopment and the exhaustion of past state affordable housing bond funds, California has virtually no resources to construct affordable housing.

Bills in Committee: May 4-8

May 1, 2015
Earlier this week, the League released an updated 2015 Hot and Priority Bill list of interest to cities.

GASB 68 Implementation Guide Now Available

May 1, 2015
The Governmental Accounting Standards Board (GASB) issued Statement No. 68, Accounting and Financial Reporting for Pensions, which affects the financial statements of employers for fiscal years beginning after June 15, 2014. 

California City Solutions: Beverly Hills Develops Civic Engagement Program to Build Trust and Engagement

May 1, 2015
This story is part of an ongoing series featuring Helen Putnam Award entries.

Juvenile Accountability Block Grants Funding Availability Announcement

May 1, 2015
The Board of State and Community Corrections (BSCC) recently announced a Notice of Funding Availability (NOFA) for Juvenile Accountability Block Grants (JABG) funding availability for FY 2015-16.  

U.S. Department of Transportation Releases Long-Anticipated Regulations for Rail Cars Transporting Hazardous Materials

May 1, 2015
Stakeholders concerned with the dangers of the transportation of oil and other flammable materials by rail are busily studying new regulations released today by the U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT).

Governor Brown Announces New Drought Legislation to Help Locals Enforce Water Conservation Requirements

April 29, 2015
Gov. Jerry Brown on Tuesday held a meeting with a group of mayors to discuss the drought and release preliminary details on legislation he is proposing to help with the enforcement of water restrictions.

Comprehensive Medical Marijuana Legislation Passes First Committee

April 29, 2015
The Assembly Business and Professions Committee on a unanimous 12-0 bipartisan vote yesterday passed AB 266 (Cooley).

Senate Transportation Funding Proposal Moves to Next Committee

April 29, 2015
Sen. Jim Beall (D-San Jose) presented his transportation funding proposal on Tuesday before the Senate Committee on Transportation and Housing, the committee he chairs.

Comments on Proposed Emergency Water Conservation Regulations due May 4

April 29, 2015
The Proposed Emergency Regulation to implement the urban water conservation called for in Gov. Jerry Brown’s April 1 Executive Order is now available on the State Water Resources Control Board website.

League Updates Hot and Priority Bills List

April 28, 2015
Compiled as April 29’s Legislative Action Day approaches, this list spotlights Hot Bills — those of greatest importance to cities — while highlighting others upon which the League has taken a support or oppose position.

League Gears Up for 2015 Legislative Action Day

April 24, 2015
Every April brings hundreds of city officials to Sacramento as part of the League’s Legislative Action Day.
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