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CDCR Files Report Meeting Benchmark Reducing State's Inmate Population

March 16, 2012
The CDCR filed a report on Thursday indicating that it's planning to meet the Three-Judge Court's July 27 benchmark.

League Officers Advocate for California City Priorities in Washington, D.C.

March 16, 2012
The National League of Cities (NLC) Congressional City Conference taking place in Washington, D.C. this week. 

This Month in Western City Magazine

March 16, 2012
Don't miss these articles in this month's Western City magazine.

CalPERS Board Approves Discount Rate Reduction From 7.75 Percent to 7.5 Percent

March 14, 2012
Today the full CalPERS board met and reviewed yesterday's recommendation from the CalPERS Pension and Health Benefits Committee to lower the discount rate from 7.75 percent to 7.5 percent. After debating the issue and the fiscal effects of a rate reduction on all levels of government, the board ultimately voted 9-1 to approve the lower rate of 7.5 percent. The board also requested that CalPERS Actuary Alan Milligan examine ways to blunt the fiscal hardship that will be experienced by local governments by phasing the rate change in over a period of two years.

Speaker Pérez's Redevelopment Dissolution Bill, AB 1585, Passes Assembly Committee

March 14, 2012
The Assembly Housing and Community Development Committee heard and passed (5-0) AB 1585 (Pérez) today, which seeks to clean up certain provisions of the redevelopment dissolution bill AB 1x 26. For more background on AB 1585, please see the Feb. 7 CA Cities Advocate article "Speaker Pérez Introduces Redevelopment Cleanup Bill AB 1585."

CalPERS Committee Recommends Reduction of Discount Rate to 7.5 Percent

March 13, 2012
Today, the CalPERS Pension and Health Benefits Committee met to review two options to lower the discount rate of 7.75 percent to either 7.25 or 7.50 percent. The committee members debated what they called a difficult but necessary decision and ultimately voted (6-2) that a discount rate reduction from 7.75 percent to 7.50 percent is recommended to the board. The full CalPERS board will meet tomorrow, Wednesday, March 14.

League Sponsored Bill Would Remove Annexation Requirements for Disadvantaged Communities While Still Allowing for Service Planning

March 13, 2012
Last October, Gov. Jerry Brown signed SB 244 (Wolk), which requires a city to update its general plan by the next revision of their housing element to plan for disadvantaged unincorporated communities, including communities outside a city's boundaries if it is in the city's sphere of influence. In addition, it also requires the local agency formation commission (LAFCO) to deny any application by a city to annex a territory that is contiguous to a disadvantaged community, unless a second application is submitted for the disadvantaged community. Sen. Bill Emmerson (R-Riverside) has introduced SB 1498, which would remove the dual application requirement for annexations.

League Supports Redevelopment Dissolution Clean Up Bill, AB 1585

March 13, 2012
AB 1585 (Pérez), which seeks to clean up certain provisions of the redevelopment dissolution bill AB 1x 26, and includes an urgency clause, will be heard Wednesday, March 14 in the Assembly Housing and Community Development Committee. For more background on AB 1585, please see the Feb. 7 CA Cities Advocate article " Speaker Pérez Introduces Redevelopment Cleanup Bill AB 1585."

Assembly Hearing Discusses Redevelopment Dissolution and Economic Development Tools

March 9, 2012
The Assembly Local Government and Housing and Community Development committees held a joint hearing on Wednesday, March 7 focused on post-redevelopment tools for creating economic development. Legislators were also briefed on the current progress of redevelopment dissolution.

California City Officials Focus on Federal Issues at NLC 2012 Congressional City Conference in Washington, D.C.

March 9, 2012
California city officials attending the National League of Cities (NLC) Congressional City Conference in Washington, D.C. next week will join with thousands of city officials from across the country in general sessions, workshops, and strategy meetings built around NLC’s advocacy priorities.

Joint Assembly Committee Hearing on Land Use and Community Development Scheduled for March 7

March 5, 2012
The Assembly Local Government and Housing and Community Development committees have scheduled a joint oversight hearing to discuss "Land Use and Community Development: What Tools Will Work in the Post-Redevelopment Era?"

NLC to Hold Regional Seminar on Economic Development

March 2, 2012
On May 17-19, the National League of Cities (NLC) is hosting a regional seminar in Manhattan Beach on "Formulating Effective Economic Development Policy." Mayors and Council Members who participate will be eligible to receive credit toward the Mayors and Council Members Academy leadership levels.

League Submits Letters on Federal Transportation Reauthorization

February 24, 2012
The House and Senate transportation authorizing committees kicked off February with a flurry of action on legislation to reauthorize the nation's surface transportation law, the Safe, Accountable, Flexible, Efficient, Transportation Equity Act: A Legacy for Users (SAFETEA-Lu), with the House's Transportation and Infrastructure, Natural Resources and Ways and Means Committees and the Senate's Banking Housing and Urban Affairs and Finance Committees all completing markups on their respective portions of their chambers' transportation reauthorization packages.

Hotel and Registration Deadline for Public Works, Planners Conferences Extended

February 24, 2012
The deadline to register and make hotel accommodations for the Public Works Officers Institute & Mini Expo and the Planners Institute & Mini Expo, scheduled for Tuesday through Thursday on March 20 - 22 at the San Jose Fairmont, has been extended to Wednesday, Feb. 29. Don't miss out on these valuable training opportunities!

Register Now For The League's Legislative Action Days - April 25 - 26

February 24, 2012
The League's annual Legislative Action Days will be held this year in Sacramento on April 25 - 26. Legislative Action Days is an opportunity to join fellow city officials to learn about the breaking legislative developments that will affect your city, and meet with legislators.

Senate Committees Hear Options for Economic Development on Same Day as League's Economic Development Task Force Starts Meeting

February 22, 2012
This morning the Senate Governance and Finance and Transportation and Housing Committees held a joint informational hearing on economic development options in the wake of redevelopment agency dissolution through AB 1x 26. Legislators heard testimony from local economic development and affordable housing professionals with League First Vice President and Pasadena Mayor Bill Bogaard testifying on behalf of the League.

Updated HUTA Estimates Available on CaliforniaCityFinance.com

February 17, 2012
New Highway User Tax Account (HUTA) estimates for FY 2011-12 and FY 2012-13 (aka Motor Vehicle Fuel Tax, State Gas Tax) were recently updated and posted online. The estimates include projections for the longstanding Streets and Highways Code Sec 2105-2108 gas tax allocations as well as the new Streets and Highways Code Sec 2103 allocations which replace Proposition 42 state sales tax on gasoline allocations that were repealed in the 2010 gas tax swap.

Conference Committee on Public Employee Pensions to Hold Fourth Meeting on Feb. 28

February 17, 2012
The Conference Committee on Public Employee Pensions has scheduled a meeting on Feb. 28 to discuss "Examining the Impact of Increasing Normal Retirement Age." This will be the fourth meeting of the committee, which is co-chaired by Assembly Member Furutani (D-Long Beach) and Sen. Gloria Negrete McLeod (D-Chino).

League Forms New Task Force To Explore New Community and Economic Development Tools

February 17, 2012
Last week during its meeting, the League's board of directors approved the creation of a new task force charged with recommending to the board new community and economic development tools following the dissolution of redevelopment. In addition to recommending new tools, the task force will also provide guidance to the League's legislative team for broader policy discussions with the Legislature in the future. The task force will hold its first meeting on Wednesday, Feb. 22.

League Moves to Support Redesignation of Expiring Enterprise Zones

February 16, 2012
AB 484 (Alejo) will help ensure that businesses within an enterprise zone can continue to receive uninterrupted benefits until such time that the Department of Housing and Community Development (HCD) has completed a regulatory and administrative review of the program, issued a request for proposal, and issued conditional designation letters to the maximum number of enterprise zones within the state. Two enterprise zones face losing their designation this year without this legislation (Watsonville is set to expire in April and the Antelope Valley expired as of Jan. 31).
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