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Governor Brown Opines on Why Supreme Court May Modify “The California Rule”

January 11, 2018
In his final budget presentation, Gov. Jerry Brown specifically addressed questions by reporters pertaining to the California Rule — the judicial precedent established in 1955 that has hampered the state and local governments’ ability to make any prospective modifications to public employee pension formulas. 

Santa Monica Uses SB 1 Funds to Make Wilshire Boulevard Safer

January 11, 2018
Wilshire Boulevard is one of the most famous streets in Los Angeles County, extending more than 15 miles from Ocean Avenue in Santa Monica to Los Angeles’ downtown financial district.

Hundreds of City Officials in Sacramento Jan. 17–19 for Education and Advocacy

January 11, 2018
The New Mayors and Council Members Academy, Jan. 17–19, will bring together recently elected California city officials for education on the fundamentals of serving on the city council with sessions focused on governance, municipal finance, land use policy, advocacy on city issues, new social media platforms, and AB 1234 ethics training.

Upcoming Legislative Hearings of Interest to Cities

January 11, 2018
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.

Governor Unveils Proposed FY 2018–19 Budget

January 10, 2018
This morning Gov. Jerry Brown held a press conference in the Capitol to unveil his budget proposal for the upcoming fiscal year, which includes $131.7 billion in General Funding spending and — with proposed special fund and bond proceed allocations — totals $190.3 billion. 

Caucus Elects Sen. Toni Atkins to be Next Senate Leader

January 10, 2018
The Senate Democratic Caucus on Jan. 9 elected Sen. Toni Atkins (D-San Diego) Senate president pro tempore. The full Senate will vote on March 21. 

Give Your Feedback on Sessions for the 2018 Annual Conference and Expo

January 10, 2018
The League is recruiting volunteers from its membership to pilot a new conference planning process that will allow more input than ever before on conference programming.   

Rescission of Federal Marijuana Enforcement Policy Sends Shock Waves throughout California

January 8, 2018
The U.S. Department of Justice’s Jan. 4 announcement and memo on marijuana enforcement delivered a shock to the industry in California, causing stock prices in the few publicly traded marijuana-related companies to plummet by as much as 50 percent. 

New Organic Waste Recycling Program and How it Will Affect Cities Webinar Available on Feb. 5

January 8, 2018
Join the California Department of Resources Recycling and Recovery (CalRecycle) and League staff in discussing the impact SB 1383 will have on cities.

ILG Offers Public Engagement Training in Sacramento March 13–14

January 8, 2018
The Institute for Local Government (ILG) has developed the TIERS Public Engagement Framework & Learning Lab, a hands-on coaching and training opportunity, to help cities improve their public engagement efforts.

Submit Your Session Proposals for Two 2018 League Conferences: Municipal Finance Institute and Fire Chiefs Leadership Seminar

January 8, 2018
The League is currently soliciting session proposals for two premiere 2018 conferences — the Municipal Finance Institute and the Fire Chiefs Leadership Seminar.

Annual Report Highlights League’s 2017 Accomplishments on Behalf of California Cities

January 5, 2018
The League of California Cities® recently published its 2017 Annual Report, which highlights the League’s major accomplishments in advocacy and education last year.

League of California Cities® Membership Survey begins Wednesday

January 5, 2018
The League of California Cities will release a survey on Wednesday, Jan. 10 to all elected officials and staff of member cities as part of the League’s strategic planning process, which launched October 2017.

Updated SB 1 Press Toolkit Available

January 3, 2018
Thanks to the passage of SB 1 (Beall), new transportation funding will begin flowing to cities and counties in early 2018. 

ILG Releases 2017 Annual Report

January 3, 2018
The Institute for Local Government (ILG) has released its 2017 Annual Report.

Reminder: ILG Will Partner with San Bernardino LAFCO to Provide Ethics Training

January 3, 2018
The Institute for Local Government (ILG) will hold an ethics training on Jan. 29 in Apple Valley with the San Bernardino County LAFCO. 

League-Sponsored Bond Agency Issues $43.5 Million in Tax-Exempt Bonds for Affordable Housing in Fremont and Los Angeles

January 3, 2018
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).

New Speakers Bureau Offers Information System Professionals to Address Municipal Technology Challenges and Opportunities

January 3, 2018
The Municipal Information Systems Association of California (MISAC) launched a speakers bureau in December to help connect the experts within of the organization with larger audiences. 

CalPERS Stays the Course, Adopts a 7 Percent Assumed Rate of Return

December 22, 2017
The CalPERS Board of Administration formally adopted investment portfolio Candidate C at its Dec. 20 meeting.

League Supports June Ballot Measure to Add Constitutional Protections to Transportation Revenues

December 22, 2017
The League Board of Directors earlier this month voted unanimously to support ACA 5, which prohibits the state from taking or redirecting the new transportation revenues generated through SB 1 (Chapter 5, Statutes of 2017), the Road Repair and Accountability Act of 2017, which are not already protected in the state constitution.
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