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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).

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.
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