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Free Webinar for League Members and Partners on Election Trends

May 25, 2012
On June 8, the League’s California Civic Leadership Institute (CCLI) will offer a free webinar that will explore the outcomes of the June 5 primary election and trends we might see in November.

Read the May Issue of Western City Online Now

May 25, 2012
Don't miss these articles from the May issues of Western City magazine.

Thousand Oaks City Council Member Tom Glancy Loses Battle With Rare Cancer

May 25, 2012
Tom Glancy, an active League member and long-time city council member for Thousand Oaks, passed away last Friday, May 18 after a battle with a rare form of cancer. He was 71.

Assembly Budget Sub Committee 4 Expresses Concerns with DOF Redevelopment Trailer Bill

May 23, 2012
Today the Assembly Budget Sub Committee 4 met to discuss the Department of Finance’s (DOF) proposed redevelopment trailer bill language.

League Testifies on Overly Aggressive DOF Redevelopment Proposal, Urges Legislature to Continue Legislative Fix to AB 1 X 26

May 21, 2012
The Department of Finance’s (DOF) redevelopment trailer bill was taken up briefly today by the Senate Budget Subcommittee #4.

Bills in Committee: May 21 – 25

May 21, 2012
The below list represents the bills scheduled for hearing this week for which the League currently has a position.

RDA and May Revise: DOF Draconian Proposal Unworkable

May 18, 2012
URGENT ACTION REQUESTED: Inform your legislators of the overwhelming challenges your city has faced with the redevelopment dissolution process and ask them to reject the Department of Finance’s (DOF) redevelopment budget trailer bill and use AB 1585 (Pérez), SB 986 (Dutton) and SB 1335 (Pavley) as a more positive starting point for redevelopment-related budget discussions and future state-local economic development efforts.

Department of Finance Issues New Guidance on Post-RDA Issues

May 18, 2012
The California Department of Finance (DOF) just issued three new guidance documents to address the growing list of questions that have arisen concerning the implementation of the redevelopment agency dissolution legislation, AB x1 26. The three guidance documents are marked with a red NEW and can be found on the department’s website.

Register Now to Get the League’s Annual Conference & Expo Early Bird Discounted Rate

May 18, 2012
There’s only one week left to take advantage of the early bird registration and hotel rates for the League of California Cities 2012 Annual Conference & Expo scheduled for Sept. 5 – 7 at the San Diego Convention Center.

CalRecycle Holds Workshop and Releases Report on New Recycling Goal

May 18, 2012
Earlier this week, CalRecycle hosted an introductory workshop on the development of a new draft report “California’s New Goal: 75% Recycling,” which was sent to the Legislature.

California Strategic Growth Council Awards $45.3 Million in Second Round of Grants for Sustainable Community Planning and Urban Greening Projects

May 18, 2012
Last week, the California Strategic Growth Council awarded $45.3 million to 93 awardees including cities, counties, regional and local agencies, and nonprofit partners.


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.
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