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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.

Trial Court Revenue Distribution Trainings Offered in May

April 1, 2015
For the third consecutive year, the Judicial Council and State Controller’s Office (SCO) will partner to provide in-person training on trial court revenue distribution.  

2015 National Mayor’s Challenge for Water Conservation Launches Today

April 1, 2015
Water shortages may be one of the most dramatic headlines in the news, but cities everywhere are facing mounting challenges to the tune of nearly $1 trillion to address aging water systems, eliminate water waste, and secure a legacy of sustainable water use for our communities.  

California’s Precarious Pavement Condition Trending Downwards

March 30, 2015
In recent months, the League engaged in numerous discussions with state and federal lawmakers about the condition of California’s local streets and roads.

Senate Budget Subcommittee to Review DOF Redevelopment Dissolution Budget Proposal on April 9

March 27, 2015
The Senate Budget Subcommittee No. 4 on State Administration will next take up a comprehensive set of changes to redevelopment dissolution laws proposed by the Department of Finance (DOF) when it meets on April 9.

League Supports Bill to Improve State Oversight of Community Care Facilities

March 27, 2015
The League this week supported AB 74 (Calderon) to improve the accountability and management of these operations, which benefits both the quality of services delivered to consumers and the communities where they are placed.

Upcoming Legislative Hearings of Interest April 7-22

March 27, 2015
The Legislature will be on Spring Break next week. Legislative hearings and policy committee meetings will resume when legislators return on April 6.
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