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Bad Road Conditions Cost Californians $53.6 Billion Annually According to New Report

August 17, 2016
Roads and bridges that are deficient congested or lack desirable safety features cost California motorists a total of $53.6 billion statewide annually due to higher vehicle operating costs, traffic crashes and congestion-related delays.

Drone Industry Launches End-of-Session Attempt at Pre-Emption

August 16, 2016
Despite the Legislature’s rejection earlier this year of amendments that would have pre-empted local drone regulation, and the recent Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) ruling supporting local authority, drone industry lobbyists continue to walk the Capitol halls pushing a new pre-emption proposal in the final weeks of the legislative session.

AB 2220 (Cooper) Sent to Governor with Strong BiPartisan Vote

August 16, 2016
Gov. Jerry Brown now has legislation on his desk, AB 2220 (Cooper), to allow cities with a population of over 100,000 the flexibility to switch to district-based elections by ordinance.

End of Session Signature/Veto Webinar Scheduled for Sept. 7

August 12, 2016
The League will be hosting a 90 minute webinar to brief members on the legislative session and review the top priority bills for which cities will need to advocate to Gov. Jerry Brown as he reviews legislation.

California City Solutions: Lafayette Brings Beauty to the Boulevard with Street Pole Banner Program

August 12, 2016
This story is part of an ongoing series featuring Helen Putnam Award entries.

League-Sponsored Bond Agency Issues $32 Million in Tax-Exempt Bonds for Affordable Housing Apartments in Mountain View

August 12, 2016
Some of the most significant benefits of League membership for cities since 1988 have flowed from the League’s co-sponsorship of the California Statewide Communities Development Authority (CSCDA).

Legislation Threatens Joint Powers Authorities’ Local Control

August 9, 2016
A bill to codify a rule already enacted by the Orange County Fire Authority to the effect that members of that specific entity cannot appoint alternates, would set a troubling precedent of state interference in the governance of joint power authorities (JPAs) in general.

Legislation Removes Roadblock to Allow CDBG Funds to Flow for Small, Non-Entitlement Cities and Counties

August 9, 2016
New amendments to AB 723 (Chiu) will make helpful changes to rules governing the allocation of Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) funds to small, “non-entitlement” cities and counties, which receive federal CDBG dollars via the state Department of Housing and Community Development (HCD) rather than directly from the federal government.

Bills to Watch Aug. 8-12

August 8, 2016
The Legislature has until Aug. 31 to complete its business this session.

League Health Benefits Marketplace Informative Webinar Thursday Aug. 11

August 8, 2016
Please join the League of California Cities® for an informational webinar on the League’s new Health Benefits Marketplace (HBM) this Thursday, Aug. 11 at 10 a.m.

Late Breaking Sessions Added to League Annual Conference Schedule

August 5, 2016
Two new sessions have just been added to the lineup for the League of California Cities® Annual Conference & Expo, Oct. 5 – 7 in Long Beach: Lower Your OPEB Liability through the League Health Benefits Marketplace and Massage Establishments — Challenges and Solutions.

Now Accepting Proposals for the 2017 Planning Commissioners Academy

August 5, 2016
Do you have an idea for a new planning commissioner’s session that will inspire and motivate attendees? 

Upcoming Cities for Workforce Health Webinar on Establishing and Implementing Healthy Workplace Policies

August 5, 2016
Join the League Partner program Cities for Workforce Health on Aug. 11 for a free one-hour webinar on workplace wellness policies. 

League-Sponsored Bond Agency Issues $25 million in Tax-Exempt Bonds for Vista Sonoma Senior Living Apartments in Santa Rosa and $6.75 million in Tax-Exempt Bonds for Pacific Collegiate Foundation in Santa Cruz

August 5, 2016
Some of the most significant benefits of League membership for cities since 1988 have flowed from the League’s co-sponsorship of the California Statewide Communities Development Authority (CSCDA).

League of California Cities Launches Health Benefits Marketplace

August 3, 2016
The League this week announced a new tool available for its member cities — the League of California Cities Health Benefits Marketplace™ (HBM).

Prospects Uncertain for By Right Housing Proposal

August 3, 2016
Since Gov. Jerry Brown unveiled his by right housing proposal, which would pre-empt local discretionary land use approvals of specified housing developments by having all such approvals be considered “ministerial” actions, the League has been a vocal opponent because it would eliminate opportunities for public input and project-level environmental review and restrict design review which are necessary to ensure public transparency, accountability and achieve quality development.  

The California Chapter of the American Planning Association (APA) has launched a program to provide pro bono professional planning assistance to financially constrained municipalities and community groups throughout California and Baja California.

August 3, 2016
The California Chapter of the American Planning Association (APA) has launched a program to provide pro bono professional planning assistance to financially constrained municipalities and community groups throughout California and Baja California.

Bills in Committee upon Legislature’s Return: Aug. 1-5

August 1, 2016
The Legislature returns today and has until Aug. 31 to wrap up any remaining business from the 2015-16 legislative session.

Legislators Return for Final Month of Session

July 29, 2016
Things promise to heat up in Sacramento when the Assembly and Senate resume for their final weeks of the 2015-16 legislative session.

Mayors and Council Members Department Now Taking Applications to Serve on Executive Committee

July 29, 2016
The Mayors and Council Members Department of the League of California Cities® is now seeking applicants for the department Executive Committee and for state League director.
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