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League-Sponsored U.S. Communities Program Holding Summit on Aug. 24 in Pleasant Hill

July 28, 2017
U.S. Communities, the League of California Cities® and the California State Association of Counties sponsored government purchasing alliance, is hosting a free regional event on Aug. 24 in Pleasant Hill.

League-Sponsored Bond Agency Issues $9 Million in Tax-Exempt Bonds for Affordable Housing in Dinuba

July 28, 2017
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).

Joint League/CSAC SB 1 Implementation Webinar Scheduled for Aug. 11

July 28, 2017
Join the League of California Cities® and the California State Association of Counties, to discuss the reporting guidelines and other local government impacts and opportunities from SB 1.

Tell Your Residents that the Legislature May Pass a Bill to Allow Telecom Companies to Place Refrigerator Size Equipment on the Street Light in Front of their House

July 26, 2017
More than 215 cities and dozens of counties oppose legislation that takes away local discretion of local governments and our residents to determine when and if telecommunications companies can place their bulky equipment on public property.

Legislature Delays Vote on Housing Package Until After Summer Recess

July 18, 2017
Late Monday, Gov. Jerry Brown and legislative leaders issued a joint statement announcing that the vote on a package of housing bills will be delayed.

Legislature Passes Cap-and-Trade Extension

July 18, 2017
After weeks of negotiations, lawmakers in both houses voted on Monday to extend the Cap-and-Trade program.

Summer Recess/End of Session Legislative Briefing Scheduled for July 20

July 18, 2017
Join the League’s Legislative team for a briefing on major bills that cities need to advocate for and against when the Legislature returns from its summer recess (July 21 – Aug. 21).

Cities Encouraged to Review the List of Suspended State Mandates for Possible Savings

July 18, 2017
Most city officials do not relish complying with state mandates, but what they may not know is each year in the annual budget process the Legislature and Governor agree to “suspend” many.

Upcoming Public Engagement Workshop Scheduled Aug. 29

July 18, 2017
Join the Institute for Local Government for a public engagement workshop in Oroville on Aug. 29.

Apply Now for Pre-Disaster Mitigation and Flood Mitigation Assistance Grants

July 18, 2017
The California Governor's Office of Emergency Services (Cal OES) has received the Notice of Funding Opportunity (NOFO) announcement for the 2017 Pre-Disaster Mitigation (PDM) and the Flood Mitigation Assistance (FMA) grant programs.

Housing Legislation Being Expedited with Cap-and-Trade Deal

July 14, 2017
With the Legislature just days away from its month-long recess, the Cap-and-Trade deal announced on July 10 has prompted lawmakers to fast-track several bills in an attempt to help solve the state’s housing crisis.

League and CSAC Submit Formal Comments on California Transportation Commission Draft SB 1 Implementation Guidelines

July 14, 2017
The California Transportation Committee (CTC) released its Draft Local Streets and Roads Program Reporting Guidelines on Friday June 30 for the implementation of SB 1 (Beall), the landmark transportation funding package that Gov. Jerry Brown signed into law in April. 

Assembly Communications and Conveyance Committee Ignores City Officials’ Opposition and Passes SB 649

July 13, 2017
A growing coalition of community leaders and local elected officials vowed to continue their fight to defeat what the Los Angeles Times called “an audacious power grab” by telecom giants that will undermine local control, and transfer hundreds of millions of dollars from key government services to the bottom line of the world’s largest wireless companies. 

Bills in Committee July 17 – 18

July 13, 2017
The Legislature adjourns on July 21 for its month-long summer recess but between now and then, the Capitol will be extremely busy.

SB 540, Legislation by Senator Roth to Increase Housing Production, Passes Assembly Natural Resources Committee

July 11, 2017
Monday afternoon, SB 540 by Sen. Richard D. Roth (D-Riverside) passed the Assembly Natural Resources Committee on a bipartisan vote.

New Cap-and-Trade Extension Plan Introduced

July 11, 2017
Gov. Jerry Brown, Senate President Pro Tem Kevin de Leon (D-Los Angeles) and Assembly Speaker Anthony Rendon (D-Lakewood) on July 10 announced a new Cap-and-Trade extension plan and accompanying air quality program. The proposal was introduced in bill form late Monday.

Call for Sessions Open for the 2018 Planning Commissioners Academy

July 11, 2017
Do you want to help build the 2018 Panning Commissioners Academy program?

Bills in Committee July 10 – 18

July 7, 2017
This upcoming week will be very busy in the Capitol with dozens of bills the League is tracking scheduled in committee.

New Playground Solutions Contract Available to Cities Through League-Sponsored U.S. Communities Program

July 7, 2017
U.S. Communities, the League-sponsored government purchasing alliance, is excited to announce that the new U.S. Communities contract for playground equipment, outdoor fitness equipment, site accessories, surfacing and related products and services was awarded to GameTime and KOMPAN.

ILG Launches Governments Engaging Youth Toolkit

July 7, 2017
The Institute for Local Government (ILG) recently released a new online toolkit to support and enhance youth civic engagement and work-based learning efforts.
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