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Legislature Preparing for Budget Next Week

June 8, 2012
With the June 15 constitutional deadline to pass a budget, Democratic leadership are working behind the scenes in order to address outstanding items. Republicans are left out of the negotiations because Proposition 25, passed in November 2010, requires only a majority vote.

Under the Radar: Important Issues Not to be Overshadowed by Budget

June 8, 2012
While much of the attention in the next week will be focused on the state budget, there are also a number of other important items of which cities should watch.

League’s California Civic Leadership Institute Graduates Fare Well in June Primary

June 8, 2012
Graduates of the League’s California Civic Leadership Institute (CCLI) fared well during the recent June 5 primary election. The League commends these individuals who aspire to serve in the Legislature. Candidates who come from local government backgrounds truly understand the state/local dynamic.

GEELA Award Adds New Subcategory for Plug-in Electric Vehicle Ready Communities

June 8, 2012
Gov. Jerry Brown has announced that the Governor’s Environmental and Economic Leadership Awards (GEELA) application is now available on the CalEPA website. Applications are due by June 22.

The Hit List from WesternCity.com

June 8, 2012
Western City magazine has compiled its most popular stories into a “Hit List” showing the top five articles on WesternCity.com during the past month. This list reflects the topics of greatest interest to California city officials during the month of May.

National Civic Review Profiles Fiscal Sustainability in Southern California Local Governments

June 8, 2012
The latest issue of the National Civic Review explores the successes of four government entities in Southern California — two cities, a county and a school district — in adapting to a difficult and unpredictable fiscal environment. The articles are now available for free. The National Civic Review is publication of the National Civic League.

HCD Announces Secondary Review of CDBG Grant Applications

June 6, 2012
The League sent a letter to the Department of Housing and Community Development (HCD) on May 30 in response to concerns regarding the 2012 Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) application.

Energy Commission Adopts New Energy Efficiency Standards

June 6, 2012
On May 31, the California Energy Commission (CEC) voted 4-0 to adopt new energy efficiency standards for both residential and commercial buildings. Also referred to as “Title 24,” the new standards take effect on Jan. 1, 2014.

CaliforniaCityFinance.com Posts Preliminary Report on Local Revenue Measures

June 6, 2012
CaliforniaCityFinance.com has posted preliminary election results for local revenue measures from yesterday’s election.

State Offers ROPS Clarification Positive for Cities and Successor Agencies in DOF Litigation

June 1, 2012
Wednesday afternoon, Sacramento Superior Court Judge Timothy M. Frawley denied the temporary restraining order requested by 12 cities to stop the distribution of a portion of property taxes pending resolution of various disputes with the state.

Long, Strange Trip for Post-Redevelopment Legislation in Senate

June 1, 2012
It has been a long strange trip for post-redevelopment legislation in the Senate: Assembly Speaker John Pérez’s (D-Los Angeles) AB 1585 has never had a hearing; Sen. Fran Pavley’s (D-Agoura Hills) thoughtful brownfield bill, SB 1335, was held in Appropriations; and Sen. Bob Dutton (R-Inland Empire) ended up voting against his SB 986 after it was jammed with hostile amendments. Meanwhile, Senate Pro Tem Darrell Steinberg’s (D-Sacramento) bills SB 1151 and 1156 were amended and moved to the Assembly.

Municipal Bankruptcy Bill AB 1692 Passes on the Assembly Floor

June 1, 2012
The story on AB 1692 (Wieckowski) on the Assembly Floor Thursday was disappointing, but not surprising.

League Mourns the Loss of Stuart Wells, Former League Partner President

June 1, 2012
On Monday, May 28, Stuart Wells passed away after a three year battle with melanoma.


U.S. Communities Announces New Temporary Staffing Solutions Contract

June 1, 2012
U.S. Communities has announced that Acro Service Corporation has been awarded the U.S. Communities temporary staff solutions contract through a competitive solicitation process conducted by Maricopa County, Ariz. U.S. Communities is the national purchasing cooperative sponsored by the League of California Cities.

Senate and Assembly Take Action on Hundreds of Bills

June 1, 2012
This week, before adjourning Thursday, the Senate and Assembly took up hundreds of bills before the June 1 house of origin deadline.

Lawsuits Filed Challenging DOF Rejection of ROPS

May 25, 2012
On Tuesday, two lawsuits were filed in Sacramento Superior Court challenging the Department of Finance’s decisions rejecting certain items listed on Recognized Obligation Payment Schedules (ROPS).

Mounting Opposition on Bankruptcy Bill as Deadline Approaches

May 25, 2012
AB 1692 (Wieckowski), the newest municipal bankruptcy bill, was held on the Assembly floor this week after mounting opposition from local governments and statewide media.

Progress Made on Disadvantaged Community Issue

May 25, 2012
This year the League sponsored SB 1498 (Emmerson) which sought to authorize cities to provide services to disadvantaged communities without the requirement of annexing the territory.

Appropriations Suspense File Updates

May 25, 2012
This week the Senate and the Assembly Appropriations Committees met and took up items on their suspense files.
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