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Suspense File Hearings Yield an Array of Outcomes

May 17, 2019
The Senate and Assembly Appropriations Committees concluded their work on hundreds of bills pending on their Suspense Files on Thursday, May 16. 

“Water Tax” Stalls in the State Senate

May 17, 2019
Gov. Gavin Newsom’s May budget proposal to place a tax on water to fund clean drinking water across the state failed to advance in a Senate budget subcommittee on Wednesday.

Free Mid-Legislative Session Briefing Webinar on Bills Affecting Local Control

May 17, 2019
Join the League’s legislative team on May 23 from 10 – 11:30 a.m. for a briefing on the status of the budget discussions and major bills that continue to threaten local control or are beneficial to cities.

21st Century Governance: The Next Big Thing is Talent

May 17, 2019
Join Los Angeles County Division members for a free luncheon presentation and discussion on Thursday, May 30 from 11 a.m. – 1 p.m. about the talent crisis in the public sector and the role that elected officials play in attracting, growing, and retaining high quality city staff.

Revised City and County Transportation Estimates Now Available

May 17, 2019
In tandem with Gov. Gavin Newsom’s FY 2019–20 May Revise, the California Department of Finance (DOF) released updated revenues estimates, which include state and local transportation funds.

Malibu City Manager Testifies in Legislative Committee on Local Government Wildfire Preparedness

May 14, 2019
The Joint Legislative Committee on Emergency Management held an informational hearing on May 14 to assess and review the state’s preparation and capacity to handle the “new normal” of intense wildfires this upcoming 2019 wildfire season.

Infrastructure Week Begins Today — Here’s How You Can Get Involved

May 13, 2019
The League joins hundreds of businesses, labor organizations, elected officials and more from across the country to spread the message that it’s time to #BuildForTomorrow.

Upcoming Bills in Committee, May 13 – June 4

May 13, 2019
This week marks the last week for policy committees in the Legislature, and the May 17 deadline for fiscal committees to hear and report to floor bills introduced in their house of origin is fast approaching.

HCD Now Accepting Public Comment on the Draft Permanent Local Housing Allocation 2019 Guidelines

May 10, 2019
The California Department of Housing and Community Development (HCD) recently released its Permanent Local Housing Allocation (PLHA) program draft guidelines.

A New Disaster Preparedness Conference for City Attorneys

May 10, 2019
The League of California Cities and the County Counsels Association of California have collaborated to bring a new educational opportunity to our members at a one-day conference entitled, “Avoiding Total Disaster: the Law & Emergencies.”

Gov. Gavin Newsom Releases May Revise Budget with More Funding for Disaster Response and Homelessness

May 9, 2019
Gov. Gavin Newsom held a press conference this morning to release his May Revise to his January budget proposal for FY 2019-20, with the fiscal year beginning July 1.

League Issues Action Alerts on Multiple Bills Affecting Cities

May 6, 2019
The League of California Cities is strongest when joined by the voices of members and coalition partners. 

Communication Sessions Announced for the Mayors & Council Members Executive Forum

May 6, 2019
Cultivating positive relationships and maintaining frequent communication between mayors, council members and their local government counterparts is fundamental to the success of all local city leaders. 

Upcoming Bills in Committee, May 6 – May 13

May 6, 2019
May is a very busy month in the Capitol with a full agenda of legislative policy committees, fiscal committees and a little over a week until Gov. Gavin Newsom’s May Budget Revise. 

Next Week is Infrastructure Week — Here’s How You Can Get Involved

May 6, 2019
The 7th annual Infrastructure Week is May 13 – 20.

League Releases Update on Hot Legislative Bills List

May 3, 2019
Legislative policy committees are in full swing in the Capitol, as the deadline for fiscal committees to hear and report to floor for bills introduced in their house of origin is less than two weeks away. 

Economic Development Tools Available for Cities

May 3, 2019
Is economic development at the top of your city’s priority list?

SB 2 Planning Grants Are Available: Find out How to Access Your City’s Share

May 1, 2019
The League of California Cities hosted a SB 2 Planning Grant Webinar on Wednesday, April 17 for cities to learn how they can receive funding and technical assistance to update their general plan, community plan, specific plan or local coastal plan.

AB 147, California’s New Online Sales Tax Collection Law: What Cities Need to Know

May 1, 2019
State and local agencies will begin to see a revenue boost following the signature by Governor Newsom on April 25, 2019, of League-supported AB 147 (Burke), which will expand the collection of millions in state sales and use taxes from out-of-state sales via the implementation of the landmark U.S. Supreme Court decision in South Dakota v. Wayfair, 138 S.Ct. 2080 (2018).

Hundreds of City Officials Travel to Sacramento to Lobby on City Priorities

April 29, 2019
Hundreds of city officials descended on Sacramento on April 24 for the League’s annual Legislative Action Day to advocate for issues facing California cities this legislative session.
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