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Proposed Post-RDA Budget Trailer Bill Raises Major Concerns

May 17, 2012
As the League and successor agencies await further clarification of how the approaching log jam over approval of local ROPS will be resolved by the Department of Finance (DOF) before the June 1 property tax distribution, DOF has distributed a proposed budget trailer bill that further erodes local control by successor agencies and oversight boards, requires payment of unencumbered cash and appears to reduce the June 1 payment to successor agencies for approved purposes to compensate for “underpayments” to local taxing agencies last December.

Governor Issues May Revise, New Deficit Projection of $15.7 Billion

May 14, 2012
Gov. Jerry Brown released his revised FY 2012-13 Budget today, reflecting an increased deficit of $15.7 billion, up from his January projection of $9.2 billion. The budget shortfall is attributed to overly optimistic revenue forecasts, increased Proposition 98 spending and federal court rulings blocking several budget cuts.

Department of Finance Urges Successor Agencies to Submit ROPS Before May 25

May 14, 2012
As the June 1 deadline looms for the distribution of property tax to fund enforceable obligations, the Department of Finance (DOF) has urged  successor agencies to submit or resubmit their Recognized Obligation Payment Schedule (ROPS) as quickly as possible.

Bills in Committee: May 14 – 18

May 14, 2012
The below list represents the bills scheduled for hearing this week for which the League currently has a position.

Municipal Bankruptcy Bill Sent to Assembly Floor

May 11, 2012
On Thursday, AB 1692 (Wieckowski), a surprising attempt to unravel last year’s AB 506 (Wieckowski), was pulled from the Assembly Appropriations Committee and sent to the Assembly floor. It could be heard as early as Monday, May 14. City officials are strongly encouraged to send opposition letters immediately.

SB 1003 Passes Out of Senate Governance and Finance Committee

May 11, 2012
SB 1003 (Yee) was passed out of the Senate Governance and Finance Committee on Wednesday and sent to the Senate floor. The bill would amend the Ralph M. Brown Act (Brown Act) and apply the law’s sanctions to all past violations reaching back for one-year.

League Seeking Amendments to “Ban the Box” Bill, AB 1831

May 11, 2012
AB 1831 (Dickinson) applies to cities and counties and would “ban the box” on any initial employment application that asks applicants about criminal background.

Department of Conservation to Host Scoping Workshop Related to SB 618

May 11, 2012
The Department of Conservation, Division of Land Resource Protection (DLRP) will host a scoping workshop on May 18 to discuss the possible adoption of regulations needed to implement provisions of SB 618, a solar-use easement bill passed last year.

State Water Resources Control Board to Hold Annual Water Quality Fee Stakeholder Meeting

May 11, 2012
The State Water Resources Control Board (State Water Board) will be holding its annual Water Quality Fee Stakeholder Meeting on June 15 to provide information for interested stakeholders about the status of the State Water Board funds as well as the state budget and potential impacts to water quality fees. 

League-Supported Animal Control Bill Set for Hearing on Monday

May 9, 2012
SB 1162 (Runner) authorizes animal control officers, upon receiving training and approval from their authorizing agency, to administer a tranquilizer to subdue a wild or dangerous animal that may pose an emergency safety threat to the community or itself.

League-Supported Legislation on Housing Element Headed to the Assembly Floor

May 9, 2012
Today, League-supported AB 2308 (Torres) was passed out of the Assembly Housing and Community Development Committee.

Gov. Jerry Brown’s May Budget Revise Expected on Monday, May 14

May 9, 2012
Gov. Jerry Brown is expected to issue his budget May Revise on Monday, May 14, containing updates to state revenue and cost projections. The question remains what, if any, proposals the Governor may include affecting the dissolution of redevelopment agencies.

Opposition Letters Needed as Burdensome SB 1330 Heads to Senate Floor

May 7, 2012
SB 1330 (Simitian), a bill which would limit license plate recognition (LPR) data retention, could be voted on as early as Thursday on the Senate floor.

League Supports Brownfields Bill SB 1335

May 7, 2012
For the past few months, the League has been working with Sen. Fran Pavley (D-Agoura Hills) to secure amendments to SB 1335, which would authorize a successor agency to retain brownfield properties obtained by a former redevelopment agency and enable an oversight board to approve the expenditure of funds to achieve the appropriate remediation and removal of hazardous substances from the affected properties.

Bills in Committee: May 7 – 11

May 7, 2012
In addition to its major bills, the League is also tracking a number of other bills of interest.

League President Appoints Board of Directors Nominating Committee

May 7, 2012
League President and Mountain View Mayor Mike Kasperzak has appointed the 2012 Board of Directors Nominating Committee.

Letters Needed as League Hot Bill AB 1551 is Passed Out of Appropriations, Heads to Assembly Floor

May 4, 2012
On Wednesday, AB 1551 (Torres) passed out of the Assembly Appropriations Committee with a vote of 16 – 1 and was sent to the Assembly floor. The League urges city officials to send opposition letters immediately.

Letters Needed for League-Opposed AB 1549

May 4, 2012
The League opposes AB 1549 (Gatto), which would outline additional responsibilities for the Office of Permit Assistance and require the office to provide technical assistance to local agencies by developing guidelines for an expedited permit process. 
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