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Letters Needed on Newest Hot Bill AB 904

June 22, 2012
On June 12, Assembly Member Nancy Skinner (D-Berkeley) gutted and amended AB 904 to revive last year’s parking bill, AB 710 (Skinner), which was strongly opposed by the League. AB 904, sponsored by the California Infill Builders Association fails to address the League’s concerns from last year’s AB 710, and it also could discourage the development of new affordable housing. For more details on AB 904, please see “Last Year’s Parking Bill AB 710 Resurrected in AB 904.”

2012 Annual Conference Resolutions Due by July 7

June 22, 2012
Policy development is an integral part of the League’s Annual Conference & Expo. While the principal means for determining League policy is through the League’s eight standing policy committees and the League board of directors, we also accept Annual Conference Resolutions, which should address areas not already covered by League policy.

Conference Committee Working Through Weekend on Federal Transportation Reauthorization

June 22, 2012
In anticipation of the expiration of the current extension of the Federal Transportation Authorization on June 30, negotiations on a new, long-term authorization went into overdrive this week.

City of Lancaster Honored with Prestigious Energy Globe Award

June 22, 2012
Energy Globe recognized the city of Lancaster on June 5 for its many alternative energy projects with its Energy Globe Award for the United States.

CSCDA Program Supports Low-Income Communities

June 22, 2012
The California Statewide Communities Development Authority (CSCDA) works to facilitate investment in low-income communities through the use of New Markets Tax Credits (NMTC).

Using Technology to Increase Transparency, Website Checklist for Local Agencies

June 22, 2012
This month is the technology themed issue of Western City magazine. Check out these great articles about website best practices.

ILG Launches Sustainable Communities Network LinkedIn Group

June 22, 2012
The Sustainable Communities Learning Network, an initiative of the Institute for Local Government (ILG), now includes a LinkedIn group to help local sustainability practitioners connect throughout California. This virtual platform was created with the recognition that local governments have limited budgets for travel and conferences.

NLC Releases New Municipal Action Guides on Infrastructure, Housing and Community Development

June 22, 2012
The National League of Cities recently announced the release of two new Municipal Action Guides from its Center for Research & Innovation. These guides may be useful to city officials dealing with infrastructure and housing and community development issues.  

Open Data Standard vs. Transparency – What Does SB 1002 Really Do?

June 22, 2012
The League is opposed to SB 1002 unless amended because it would impose new duties and costs on public agencies at a time when they can ill afford them, under the guise of promoting greater government transparency. The bill is sponsored by the California Newspaper Publishers Association and the San Francisco Tech Democrats.

Bills in Committee: June 18 – 22

June 18, 2012
The below list represents the bills scheduled for hearing this week for which the League currently has a position.

CalTRUST Offers a Safe and Convenient Diversification Tool for Local Agency Portfolios

June 18, 2012
In real estate investment, the three most important factors are "location, location, location." Similarly, the most important aspect of local agency investment can be summarized as "diversification, diversification, diversification."

Unfinished Product: Legislature Passes Budget Bill, Additional Trailer Bills to be Considered Later

June 15, 2012
Today, both the Senate and Assembly passed the main budget bill, AB 1464, and six budget-related trailer bills. Technically speaking, this package allows the Legislature to meet the constitutional deadline to pass a budget by June 15, and avoid forfeiting salary pursuant to Proposition 25 (2010). The budget package is anticipated to be sent to Gov. Jerry Brown today, but his response is unclear as it does not represent a negotiated deal. 

Local Government Concerns Delay Drafting of Redevelopment Trailer Bill

June 15, 2012
Thanks to the numerous city officials who have contacted their legislators, progress has been delayed on the development of redevelopment trailer bill language, because many Democrat legislators are now pushing in their caucuses for a redevelopment trailer bill that will work for the cities.

Oral Arguments Heard Today in League of California Cities v. Chiang and Matosantos

June 15, 2012
Sacramento County Superior Court Judge Lloyd Connelly heard oral arguments in League of California Cities v. Chiang and Matosantos  today.

Last Year’s Parking Bill AB 710 Resurrected in AB 904

June 15, 2012
On Tuesday, AB 904 (Skinner) was gutted and amended from an energy bill into a revival of last year’s parking bill, AB 710 (Skinner).

New ILG Resource Addresses Public Engagement and Realignment

June 15, 2012
The Institute for Local Government (ILG) has developed resources on the topics of public safety realignment and the reentry of the formerly incarcerated back into the community.  

NLC Selects League’s Executive Director Chris McKenzie for Executive Search Committee

June 15, 2012
National League of Cities (NLC) President Ted Ellis has announced that with the retirement of Executive Director Don Borut, a new nine-member committee will head up the search for his replacement. League of California Cities’ Executive Director Chris McKenzie has been selected for the committee.

Have You Read the June Issue of Western City magazine Yet?

June 15, 2012
Don’t miss these articles in the June issue of Western City magazine.

Bills in Committee: June 11 – 15

June 11, 2012
While the Legislature has until Friday, June 15 to pass a budget as required by the California Constitution, legislative hearings will also be held this week on a number of issues tracked by the League. The list below represents the bills scheduled for hearing this week for which the League currently has a position.

Riverside Receives International Recognition as the 2012 Intelligent Community for Excellence in Digital Infrastructure

June 11, 2012
The Intelligent Community Forum (ICF) has named Riverside as the world’s Intelligent Community of the Year for 2012.
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