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League Supports AB 1326 to Address Increase in Theft Crimes in the Wake of Proposition 47

March 17, 2017
The League of California Cities® on March 9 issued a support letter on AB 1326 by Assembly Member Jim Cooper (D-Elk Grove). 

League Engages on Public Safety

March 17, 2017
The League’s Strategic Goal #4 for 2017 is to address the public safety impacts of reduced sentencing laws and provide cities the tools and resources needed to respond to these changes in statewide criminal sentencing policies.

No Place Like Home Advisory Committee Schedules First Meeting for March 23

March 17, 2017
The Department of Housing and Community Development (HCD) has announced it has scheduled the first No Place Like Home Advisory Committee Meeting.

Senator Roth Continues Efforts to Secure Equitable Financing for Recently Incorporated Cities

March 16, 2017
California cities appreciate Sen. Richard Roth (D-Riverside) for his undaunted efforts to right a wrong.

Senate Republicans Select Senator Bates to Succeed Senate Republican Leader Fuller

March 16, 2017
Senate Republican Leader Jean Fuller (R-Bakersfield) will step down from her role on April 12. Senate Republicans on March 14 elected Sen. Patricia “Pat” Bates (R-Laguna Niguel) as Sen. Fuller’s replacement. 

California Air Resources Board Extends 2030 Target Scoping Plan Update Comment Period

March 16, 2017
The California Air Resources Board (ARB) has extended the comment period for the draft 2030 Scoping Plan. ARB will be soliciting comments from stakeholders, including local governments, until April 1.

League-Sponsored Bond Agency Issues $30.4 Million in Tax-Exempt Bonds for Affordable Housing in La Habra and Buena Park

March 16, 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).

Senator Roth’s SB 540 Creates Blueprint for More Housing Construction

March 14, 2017
Local elected leaders are acutely aware of the severity of California’s housing affordability crisis and their role in fashioning solutions.

Registration Now Open for the League’s Legislative Action Day

March 14, 2017
It is the time of year when dozens of city officials make plans to descend upon Sacramento and the Capitol on Wednesday, April 19 for a full day of learning about priority issues, engaging with state lawmakers, and networking with colleagues from throughout the state.

SB 1 Passes out of Senate Government and Finance Committee

March 10, 2017
Sen. Jim Beall’s (D-San Jose) SB 1 cleared another hurdle on March 8, passing out of its third of three policy committees.

League Supports SB 711 (Hill), Local-State Sustainable Investment Incentive Program

March 10, 2017
Despite all the state’s focus on infill development and greenhouse gas reduction, the sobering reality is that — absent sufficient resources to address financing gaps — many desirable projects fail to pencil-out.

Bills in Committee and Legislative Hearings of Interest March 13 – 22

March 10, 2017
Legislative committee hearings are continuing and many bills are moving through committees.

League Coastal Cities Issues Group Gears Up for 2017 with Appointment of a New Chair

March 10, 2017
League President JoAnne Mounce has appointed Santa Barbara Mayor Helene Schneider as chair of the organization’s Coastal Cities Issue Group.

Webinar Scheduled for March 21 on Employment Considerations of Proposition 64 — Adult Use of Marijuana Act

March 10, 2017
The League of California Cities®’ Personnel and Employee Relations Department is hosting a webinar to inform cities of the employment challenges of Proposition 64. Scheduled March 21 from 2–3 p.m., the webinar is free for League members and League partners.

New Market Tax Credit – Fostering Investment in Low-Income Neighborhoods

March 10, 2017
The California Statewide Communities Development Authority (CSCDA) is currently soliciting potential pipeline projects in connection with its 2017 application for New Markets Tax Credits.

League-Sponsored Bond Agency Issues $161.6 Million in Tax-Exempt Bonds for Affordable Housing in Newport Beach

March 10, 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).

California City Solutions: Fort Bragg Converts Old Mill Site into Beautiful Coastal Park and Trail

March 10, 2017
This story is part of an ongoing series featuring Helen Putnam Award entries.

San José Mayor Sam Liccardo and Orinda Council Member Amy Worth Joined Sen. Jim Beall and others to Urge Passage of Transportation Funding Package

March 6, 2017
Monday morning Sen. Jim Beall (D-San José) joined San Jose Mayor Sam Liccardo, Orinda Council Member Amy Worth or county, business and labor leaders in San José at a press conference focused on the urgent need facing California’s local and state transportation system.

California Supreme Court Finds City Employee Communications on Personal Electronic Devices and Accounts May be Subject to Disclosure under California Public Records Act where Communications Pertain to Public Business

March 3, 2017
The California Supreme Court issued a unanimous decision Thursday, March 2 in City of San Jose v. Superior Court (Smith), holding that city employee communications pertaining to public business may be subject to disclosure under the California Public Records Act (CPRA) even if stored on a personal electronic device or in a personal account inaccessible by the city.

Affordable Housing Funding Bills Pass out of Senate Transportation and Housing Committee

March 3, 2017
The Senate Transportation and Housing Committee on Feb. 28 approved two major pieces of the “California Rebuild” package — Sen. Toni Atkins’ (D-San Diego) SB 2 and Sen. Jim Beall’s (D-San Jose) SB 3.
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