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Governor Signs Two League-Supported Bills

July 13, 2012
This week, Gov. Jerry Brown signed two League-supported bills, SB 1351 (Rubio) and SB 1436 (Lowenthal).

CDCR Achieves Second Benchmark in Population Reduction Two Months Early

July 13, 2012
According to its July status report, the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation (CDCR) met its July 2012 benchmark for reducing the state’s inmate population set forth by the three-judge panel. 

Best Practices, Annual Conference Preview, Energy Emergency Planning & More in Western City Magazine Now

July 13, 2012
Don’t miss these articles from the July issue of Western City magazine.

AB 1484 Webinar Set for Monday, July 16

July 11, 2012
Join League attorneys for a briefing on AB 1484 and the new post-redevelopment landscape it has created. The webinar is scheduled for Monday, July 16 from 3 – 4 p.m. This free webinar is only open to League members and League Partners.

Legislature Acts on GRP, Foreclosure Legislation and Water Bond

July 6, 2012
This week the Legislature indicated it would take up a number of significant items before taking its summer recess, which starts Monday, July 9. The following actions were taken.

The Hit List from WesternCity.com

July 6, 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 June.

League-Opposed Hot Bill AB 904 Held in Committee, Expected to Fail Deadline

July 3, 2012
Today, League-opposed hot bill AB 904 (Skinner), which would have prescribed a one-size-fits-all parking standard for most infill projects on a statewide basis, was pulled from the Senate Governance and Finance Committee by the author when it appeared that the bill lacked the votes.

Sidewalk Bill Moves; Bus Weight Bill Significantly Amended

July 3, 2012
AB 2231 (Fuentes) and AB 1706 (Eng) were heard in the Senate today.

Register Now for the League’s End of Session Major Bills Briefing Webinar on July 10

July 3, 2012
The League’s Legislation team will host a free webinar on the major bills that cities need to advocate for and against in the four final weeks of the 2011-12 legislative session.

AB 1484 Summary and Timeline Available on League Website

July 2, 2012
The Legislature on Wednesday, June 27 passed AB 1484, the redevelopment budget trailer bill, containing unconstitutional sales and property tax clawback or garnishment provisions.

California Supreme Court Affirms State Prevailing Wage Requirements Do Not Apply to Charter Cities

July 2, 2012
Today, the California Supreme Court concluded that the state’s prevailing wage law does not apply to charter cities that exempt themselves from prevailing wage requirements for local public works projects.

Bills in Committee: July 2 – 6

July 2, 2012
This week, despite the mid-week holiday, the Legislature anticipates that it will begin to address some of the more significant outstanding items for this legislative session before breaking for their summer recess.

Town of Mammoth Lakes Files for Chapter 9 Bankruptcy Protection

July 2, 2012
The Town of Mammoth Lakes issued this news release on July 2 announcing that the council had voted to authorize the filing of Chapter 9 Bankruptcy Protection.

AB 1831 Held in Senate Governance and Finance Committee

June 29, 2012
On Thursday, the Senate Governance and Finance Committee held AB 1831, which would have required that cities and counties “ban the box” on any initial employment application that asks applicants to provide criminal history information.

League of California Cities’ 2012 Major Bill List – June 29, 2012

June 29, 2012
The League revised its major bills list this week. The following list represents the bills that League staff is following closely.  

League Removes Opposition to SB 1003

June 29, 2012
This week, the League removed its opposition to SB 1003 (Yee) after the sponsors, the California Newspaper Publishers Association and Californian’s Aware, agreed to put necessary protections into the bill for cities.

Legislation to Increase Bus Weights to be Heard Next Week

June 29, 2012
This week, AB 1706 (Eng), which would increase the weight limit for buses, was substantially amended. The bill is scheduled to be heard in the Senate Transportation and Housing Committee next Tuesday.

Early-Bird Rate for League’s Annual Conference & Expo Ends July 3

June 29, 2012
Register now to get the early-bird registration for the League’s Annual Conference & Expo in San Diego on Sept. 5 – 7.

EPA Announces Framework to Help Local Governments Manage Stormwater Runoff and Wastewater

June 29, 2012
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has issued a new framework document, titled the Integrated Municipal Stormwater and Wastewater Planning Approach Framework.

Submit Your Nomination for CalPERS’ Spotlight on Excellence Program

June 29, 2012
CalPERS has announced it is seeking nominations for its Spotlight on Excellence Program, which recognizes local contracting CalPERS agencies that exhibit excellence in public service.
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