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California Supreme Court Rules for Prevailing Defendants in Disability Access Actions

December 19, 2012
The California Supreme Court confirmed Monday in Jankey v. Lee that a prevailing defendant in a disability access lawsuit is entitled to recover attorney’s fees and costs from the plaintiff – when the plaintiff alleges both a federal claim under the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) and a state law claim under Civil Code Section 55. The League filed an amicus brief in the case, supporting the small business owner who prevailed.

Talks Continue on Fiscal Cliff

December 14, 2012
This week President Barack Obama and House Speaker John Boehner (R – Ohio) have met in person and via phone multiple times to discuss how to avoid the fiscal cliff.

County of Los Angeles Files Petition for Rehearing in Property Tax Administration Fee Case

December 10, 2012
Last week, the County of Los Angeles asked the California Supreme Court to revisit its decision in City of Alhambra v. County of Los Angeles where the Court held that the method by which the county calculated the Property Tax Administration Fee for the Triple Flip and Vehicle License Fee Swap was not consistent with state law.

Court Requests Additional Briefing in League’s VLF Lawsuit to Address Proposition 30 Questions

December 7, 2012
Sacramento County Superior Court Judge Lloyd Connelly, last month, requested the parties provide additional briefing in the League’s lawsuit, League of California Cities v. Chiang, to address the potential impacts of Proposition 30.

Sen. Lois Wolk Reintroduces Legislation on Infrastructure Financing Districts

December 7, 2012
Monday, Dec. 3 was the first day legislation for the 2013-14 legislative session could be introduced and Sen. Lois Wolk (D-Davis) wasted no time in introducing SB 33 (Wolk), a measure to update Infrastructure Financing District law, to make it a useful tool to help cities maintain, repair, and rebuild critical infrastructure and create economic development in their communities. SB 33 is a reintroduction of last year’s SB 214 (Wolk) that was supported by the League, the California Building Industry Association and other organizations.

Municipal Bond Interest Tax-Exemption Targeted in Federal Budget Discussions

December 7, 2012
As 2012 draws to a close, the federal government is struggling with the looming fiscal cliff. While there is bipartisan support to avoid sequestration, how to do that remains controversial. 

Legislature Assigns New Leadership, Assembly Member Achadjian New Local Government Chair

December 7, 2012
This week, both the Senate and the Assembly elected leadership for the 2013-14 legislative session.

Local Measures November 2012 - Near Final Results

December 7, 2012
Final results are close to complete for the 368 local measures on the 2012 November ballots. In the tallies of additional votes since election night, four school bonds and one school parcel tax have flipped from failure to passage. 

Are You Current on Your AB 1234 Ethics Training?

December 7, 2012
Since 2005, as required by AB 1234, public officials are required to attend ethics training. Public officials are required to complete the training within one year of taking office, and repeat the training every two years. The Institute for Local Government (ILG) is offering a session at the Association of Bay Area Governments' (ABAG) 2012 Ethics Training Workshop on Dec. 20 in Oakland. 

FY 2012 and FY 2013 Federal Grant Opportunities

December 7, 2012
Eligible cities are encouraged to apply for the following federal grants being offered by the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), the Economic Development Administration (EDA), the Department of Education (ED), and the Institute for Museum and Library Services.

League’s 2012 Legislative Report Available Online Now

December 7, 2012
On Nov. 13, via webinar, and on Nov. 14, in Riverside, the League held its Annual Legislative Briefings. The presentations focused on the state budget and key developments from the 2011-12 legislative year.

Education and Conferences Updates – December 2012

December 7, 2012
The League’s 2013 Annual Conference & Expo will be held Sept. 18–20 in Sacramento. The League is currently accepting session ideas through its website. Submissions must include: a title (up to 10 words), description (100 words) and suggested speaker(s). The submission deadline for session ideas is Jan. 7, 2013.

The Hit List from WesternCity.com

December 7, 2012
The most popular articles on the Western City magazine website in the past month included features on pension reform, new requirements for pension reporting, an easy reality check for public service ethics, innovative contracting techniques and more.

League California Civic Leadership Institute℠ Graduates Celebrate Assembly Seat Wins

December 4, 2012
The League is proud to congratulate nine California Civic Leadership Institute℠ (CCLI) graduates who were sworn in yesterday to the California State Assembly.

Newly Elected Legislators to Be Sworn in Today

December 3, 2012
Today, weeks after the election and several hotly contested races, 39 freshmen lawmakers will be sworn in for the 2013-14 legislative session.

League to Host Free SB 1186 Implementation Webinar

December 3, 2012
On Dec. 13, the League will host a free webinar for members and League partners on SB 1186 (Steinberg and Dutton) implementation. Among other things, SB 1186 requires cities to collect an additional $1 fee for a local business license, equivalent instrument or permit beginning Jan. 1, 2013. 

New California Representatives Serving on National League of Cities Board

December 3, 2012
On Dec. 1, the National League of Cities (NLC) announced it had elected its 2013 leadership including three new board members from California.

Supreme Court Declines to Hear Appeal of Costa Mesa Contracting Decision

November 30, 2012
The California Supreme Court on Wednesday declined to review a Court of Appeal decision that interpreted state law to limit how general law cities may contract for services.

Skepticism Remains High as LAO Report Predicts Future State Budget Surplus

November 30, 2012
Shortly before the Thanksgiving holiday, on Nov. 14, the Legislative Analyst’s Office (LAO) released its report “The 2013–14 Budget: California’s Fiscal Outlook,” calling California’s outlook promising and crediting the passage of Proposition 30, predicting a surprising multibillion-dollar surplus within a few years. The report indicates that despite these positive projections for the future, California still faces a deficit of $943 million in FY 2012–13.

Senate Innovation and Best Practices in State Government Committee Requests Local Government Representative to Testify at Hearing

November 30, 2012
On Thursday, Rancho Cordova City Manager Ted Gaebler testified before the Senate Committee on Excellence and Innovation in State Government discussing theories from his best-selling book “Reinventing Government.”
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