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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.

California Financing Coordinating Committee Announces 2015 Infrastructure Funding Fair Dates

March 6, 2015
The California Financing Coordinating Committee (CFCC) will be hosting six different free funding fairs throughout the state between April and September of this year.

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).  

CalRecycle Workshop Will Review Greenhouse Gas Reduction Grant and Loan Programs

March 4, 2015
CalRecycle will hold a workshop on March 19 from 1:30-4:00 p.m. to discuss the proposed FY 2015–16 eligibility criteria for the Greenhouse Gas Reduction Grant and Loan Programs (Organics Grant Program and Recycled Fiber, Plastic, and Glass Grant Program).

NLC to Host City Leaders During 2015 Congressional City Conference

March 2, 2015
The National League of Cities (NLC) will hold its annual Congressional City Conference in Washington, D .C. from March 7-11.

DEADLINE EXTENDED: Mayors and Council Members Department Survey Now Due March 6

March 2, 2015
The deadline for the League’s Mayors and Council Members’ Department survey has been extended to Friday, March 6.
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