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Demographics are Destiny and Costly

August 24, 2016
AB 2835’s (Cooper) estimated $350 million annual cost will only grow as new employees become the new norm. Cities will face workforce demands as baby-boomers turn retirement age.

Bill Protecting Code Enforcement Officers Heads to Governor

August 24, 2016
Legislation establishing the Code Enforcement Officers Standards Act is now on Gov. Jerry Brown’s desk.

Legislation Giving State Appointments to SCAQMD Threatens Local Control

August 24, 2016
Amendments taken last week to SB 1387 (de León) do not rectify the bad precedent this legislation establishes by giving state additional authority over appointments to a regional board.

High-Speed Broadband in California Public Libraries

August 24, 2016
The California State Library, joined together with The Califa Group and the Corporation for Education Network Initiatives in California (CENIC) to bring high-speed broadband to all of California’s public libraries by connecting to CalREN, a high-capacity 3,800-mile fiber optic network.

Make Plans to Attend the Speaker Theater during Annual Conference

August 24, 2016
Speaker Theater sessions are once again being planned for this year’s Annual Conference & Expo, Oct. 5-7 in Long Beach.

AB 1217: The Opening Wedge to State Take-Over of Joint Powers Authorities

August 24, 2016
A bill on its way to Gov. Jerry Brown’s desk will establish the legal precedent for state interference in the governance of local joint powers authorities (JPAs). AB 1217 (Daly) is limited in scope to the Orange County Fire Authority, but opens the door to state micromanagement of JPAs throughout California.

Application Period Opening Oct. 1 for Community-Based Transitional-Housing Grants

August 24, 2016
Cities interested in obtaining grants as an incentive to help house and provide transitional services to recently released offenders returning to their communities should prepare now to apply for a new Department of Finance (DOF) program that will offer cash grants to communities willing to site additional facilities.

Chris McKenzie Announces Retirement Later This Year; League Board Begins Nationwide Search for Successor

August 23, 2016
League of California Cities® Executive Director Chris McKenzie informed the League board of directors in late June that after 17 years in the position and 40 years in public service overall, he intends to retire from the post later this year.

League Health Benefits Marketplace Webinars for HR Directors Wednesday, Aug. 31 and Thursday, Sept. 1

August 23, 2016
Cities are invited to participate in two upcoming League webinars about the new healthcare and OPEB liability cost-reduction option that is now available to cities through the League’s Health Benefits Marketplace (HBM).

Legislation Undermining Local Ability to Address Vehicle Habitation Revived in Last-Minute Play

August 23, 2016
AB 718 (Chu), a bill that would undermine local ability to enforce ordinances or penalties on individuals living in their vehicle is now eligible for a vote on the Senate Floor.

League Members to Consider One Resolution during Annual Business Meeting on Oct. 7

August 19, 2016
League members have an opportunity to directly weigh in and shape League policy through the annual conference resolution process.

Fire Chiefs Leadership Seminar Will Be Returning Nov. 28 in Monterey

August 19, 2016
Back after a six-year hiatus, the League of California Cities® is proud to announce the return of the Fire Chiefs Leadership Seminar.

California Earned Income Tax Credit Education and Outreach Grants

August 19, 2016
The Department of Community Services and Development (CSD) announces the release of its Notice of Funding Availability (NOFA), inviting interested parties to apply for funding to provide education and outreach services regarding the California Earned Income Tax Credit (Cal EITC).

Sen. Beall and Assembly Member Frazier Announce $7.4 Billion Transportation Funding Proposal, $2.5 Billion for Local Streets and Roads

August 18, 2016
Sen. Jim Beall (D-San Jose) Assembly Member Jim Frazier (D-Oakley) announced a comprehensive transportation reform and funding proposal late yesterday.

Local Government Groups, Law Enforcement Remain Opposed to Legislation that Mandates Public Employee Union Orientations during Work Hours

August 18, 2016
This week a broad coalition representing cities, counties, special districts, law enforcement and local education agencies voiced their continued opposition to AB 2835 (Cooper).

Sen. Beall’s $3 Billion Housing Bond Still in Play as Session Winds Down

August 18, 2016
It has been a long year in the Capitol for efforts to secure more affordable housing funding.

CalRecycle Releases Rubberized Pavement Grant Program Application

August 18, 2016
The Department of Resources Recycling and Recovery (CalRecycle) has issued a Notice of Funding Availability for FY 2016-17 and released the online application for the Rubberized Pavement Grant Program. 

Human Resources Track at Annual Conference

August 18, 2016
The 2016 League of California Cities® Annual Conference & Expo, Oct. 5-7 at the Long Beach Convention Center will feature sessions especially for human resources professionals.

New Report on Cities and Drones Released by National League of Cities

August 18, 2016
The National League of Cities (NLC) announced on Aug. 16 the release of Cities and Drones, a new report that provides cities with insight on the recently released Federal Aviation Administration rules relating to drone operation.

Senate Releases Cap-and-Trade Spending Plan

August 18, 2016
The Senate on Aug. 17 released a comprehensive $1.2 billion Cap-and-Trade expenditure plan to fund programs and projects that reduce greenhouse gas emissions. It focuses largely on disadvantaged communities as determined by the California Communities Environmental Health Screening Tool (CalEnviroScreen).
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