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Internet Tax Freedom Act Extension May Be Acted On Soon

February 8, 2016
Once again rumors are swirling that the Senate will consider the Trade Facilitation and Trade Enforcement Act of 2015 this week, which includes a permanent extension of the Internet Tax Freedom Act (ITFA).

Local Government Officials, Labor, Transportation Advocates in Riverside County Urge Legislature to Pass Transportation Funding Package

February 5, 2016
Two weeks after the California Transportation Commission voted to cut $750 million in transportation funding statewide, local elected officials, labor groups and transportation officials gathered Friday morning to urge the Legislature to pass a transportation funding package.

League Adopts Housing Affordability as a Strategic Priority; Legislature Also Focusing on Issue

February 5, 2016
Last November the League board of directors, following a policy setting retreat with other League leadership, identified addressing housing affordability and securing more resources to assist the chronically homeless as one its top three policy priorities for 2016.

Upcoming Legislative Hearings of Interest to Cities

February 5, 2016
The Legislature will host a number of oversight and informational hearings on a variety of policy areas of interest to cities in the coming weeks.

State Water Board Extends, Alters Water Conservation Mandate

February 5, 2016
The State Water Resources Control Board (SWRCB) on Tuesday voted to extend through October the emergency urban water conservation regulation, while making some modest changes to address the concerns raised by cities and water agencies.

Help Refresh the League of California Cities® Website by Completing a Short Survey

February 5, 2016
The League of California Cities® is refreshing its website and would like to continue to provide current updates on legal, legislative and educational issues on a regular basis through a central, streamlined site. In order to do this, the League is conducting a brief survey to better understand the value and use of its website and featured website tools.

California City Solutions: Santa Maria’s Short Film on Gang Life Leaves an Impression

February 5, 2016
This story is part of an ongoing series featuring Helen Putnam Award entries.

Expanding Efforts to Treat Opioid Overdoses

February 5, 2016
Addiction to opioids such as heroin, morphine, and prescription pain relievers continues to challenge the social and economic wellbeing of counties big and small.

Governor Signs Bill Lifting Deadline for Marijuana Cultivation Ordinances Imposed on Local Governments

February 3, 2016
Gov. Jerry Brown today signed AB 21 (Wood), eliminating from state law the unintended March 1, 2016 deadline for cultivation ordinances imposed on local governments by last year’s Medical Marijuana Regulation and Safety Act.  

CALTRUST Announces Government Money Market Fund

February 3, 2016
CALTRUST recently announced the launch and initial funding of the CalTRUST Government Money Market Fund (MMF).

Public Works Department’s James L. Martin Award Nominations due March 1

February 3, 2016
The League of California Cities® Public Works Officers Department is now accepting nominations for the 2016 James L. Martin award, named in honor of Jim Martin who dedicated his career towards advancing the public works profession and supporting the efforts of the League.

Legislation Proposes Changes to Mosquito Abatement and Vector Control District Appointment Process

February 3, 2016
Assembly Member Gordon’s (D-Menlo Park) AB 1362 would allow changes to the appointment process for mosquito abatement and vector control districts that are located within a single county and contain incorporated and unincorporated territory.

Free Two-Hour Online Course Offered on How to Run an Ethical Political Campaign and Win

February 3, 2016
Santa Clara University’s Markkula Center for Applied Ethics is offering a free two-hour massive open online course (MOOC) for candidates, political consultants and campaign staff on how to run an ethical political campaign.
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