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League of California Cities Board of Directors Votes to Support the Pension Reform Proposal

August 30, 2012
Today in a special meeting, the League of California Cities board of directors adopted the following motion concerning the recent pension reform proposal:

End of Session Bill Status Report

August 30, 2012
This year the League has been tracking a number of major bills which affect cities as reflected in its updated Aug. 10 Major Bills List. This week, the League also published a list of gut and amends that affect cities. The following actions have occurred for the bills the League is tracking.

Governor and Democrats Come to Pension Reform Agreement, Conference Committee Expected to Meet Later Today

August 28, 2012
Earlier today Gov. Jerry Brown held a news conference in Los Angeles to announce that he and legislative Democrats had reached an agreement on pension reform. His office simultaneously issued a news release outlining the proposals components, through actual language has yet to be released.

Updated Gut and Amend Report: Tuesday, Aug. 28

August 28, 2012
On Monday, Aug. 27, the League reported on a number of gut and amend bills being analyzed by League staff for potential impacts to cities. Since then the following updates have occurred.

Bills on the Floor: Aug. 27-31

August 27, 2012
This is the last week of the Legislative session and many of the bills the League has been tracking in committees this year are on the Senate or Assembly floor awaiting action. The Senate convened at 12 p.m. today, while the Assembly met at 1 p.m.

Gut and Amend Report: Monday, Aug. 27

August 27, 2012
The last week of session is typically filled with last minute gut and amends. This year is no different. The following bills are still being analyzed by League staff for potential impacts to cities.

SB 1186 Addressing ADA Lawsuits Expected to Move Quickly Through the Legislature

August 24, 2012
For the better part of a year, the League has been involved in a working group assembled to address issues surrounding the abuse of ADA lawsuits. SB 1186 (Steinberg), the vehicle for these solutions, will most likely be amended today and heard in the Assembly Judiciary Committee on Tuesday or Wednesday next week.

Big Win on AB 1551 Accident Liability Bill, AB 2451 Death Benefits Bill Moves to Assembly

August 24, 2012
It was a big win for cities Thursday when League-opposed hot bill AB 1551 (Torres) was amended to address an unrelated housing issue. While AB 2451 (Pérez) another priority bill is still moving after being passed in the Senate this week.

RFP Released for City Gang Intervention, Reduction and Prevention (CalGRIP) Grants

August 24, 2012
The Board of State and Community Corrections (BSCC) released the FY 2012-14 RFP for the state CalGRIP grants. Applications are now available online and are due in early October.

Cal EMA Launches Monthly Office of Grants Newsletter

August 24, 2012
The California Emergency Management Agency (CalEMA) has launched a new Office of Grants Management newsletter featuring updates on current programs, success stories, highlights, upcoming events and funding opportunities.

SB 214 Passed in Assembly Local Government Committee

August 24, 2012
This week, SB 214 (Wolk) was passed in the Assembly Local Government Committee.

Jurupa Valley: The Last City in California?

August 24, 2012
Don't miss this article in Western City magazine.

Amended Bill Expanding Public Safety Death Benefits Still Poses New Costs on Public Employers

August 22, 2012
Amendments taken to AB 2451 (Pérez) on Monday do not adequately address concerns over the new costs this bill would impose on public employers at a time when public agencies can least afford them. Consequently, the League remains opposed. AB 2451 is on third Senate reading and may be heard this week.

League Removes Opposition on Bill Amending Public Records Act

August 22, 2012
The League has removed its opposition and taken a neutral position on SB 1002 (Yee) after it was amended on Monday, Aug. 20.

Reminder for Cities: Frontline Police Grants Still Pending, Subject to Trigger Cuts

August 22, 2012
Cities wondering about the status of the frontline city police department grants totaling $20 million in Gov. Jerry Brown’s final FY 2012-13 Budget will not have an answer until later in the year when the fate of the Governor’s temporary tax increase ballot measure is determined by California’s voters. The grants are included in the list of trigger cuts that will go into effect should the Governor’s tax measure fail passage.

Moody’s Report on California Cities' Fiscal Vulnerability Issued

August 20, 2012
Moody’s Investor Services issued a report on Aug. 17 entitled, “Why Some California Cities Are Choosing Bankruptcy,” that examines the growing fiscal pressure on California cities that have prompted four cities (out of 482) to seek Chapter 9 federal bankruptcy protection recently — three in the last few months.

Bills in Committee and On the Floor: Aug. 20 – 24

August 20, 2012
With only 10 working days until the end of the session, many of the bills the League has been tracking in committees this year are on the Senate or Assembly floor awaiting action. The Senate convened at 12 p.m. today, while the Assembly will meet at 2:30 p.m.

Cities Encouraged Review and Comment on HCD Draft Housing Element Guidance

August 20, 2012
Last week, the Department of Housing and Community Development (HCD) released its Draft Housing Element Update Guidance and is now soliciting public comment. The comment period will be open until Sept. 17.

Bond Insurer Sues California Over Redevelopment Agency Dissolution

August 17, 2012
On Aug. 1, Bond insurer Syncora Guarantee filed a lawsuit in the Sacramento County  Superior Court claiming that the dissolution of California’s 400 redevelopment agencies violates contractual rights and short-changes bondholders and insurers.
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