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Register Now for the 2012 New Mayors and Council Members Academy

December 16, 2011
Register now for the 2012 New Mayors and Council Members Academy and cross it off your list before the start of the new year.

New Name for Cities and Prisons Alliance Association Reflects Broader Impact of Realignment

December 16, 2011
The Association of California Cities Allied with Public Safety (ACCAPS) is a non-profit organization which was established in 1988 by a core group of cities in California that had State prisons, community correctional facilities, or medical/mental health correctional institutions within their municipal jurisdiction.

Registration Open for 2012 NLC Congressional City Conference

December 16, 2011
It’s not too early to make plans to attend the National League of Cities (NLC) 2012 Congressional City Conference in Washington, D.C.

ILG Offers New Public Engagement Resources to Engage the Broader Community

December 16, 2011
The Institute for Local Government (ILG) has several new online publications to help local officials successfully apply public engagement and collaborative approaches to inform and shape local government policies and actions. 

This Month in Western City Magazine

December 16, 2011
A preview of stories in Western City magazine.

Administration "Pulls The Trigger" on $980 Million in Additional Cuts

December 14, 2011
On Tuesday, Gov. Jerry Brown and Department of Finance (DOF) Director Ana Matosantos held a press conference to discuss the state's economic forecast. According to DOF, revenues for FY 2011-12 are $2.2 billion below projections, activating some of the automatic "trigger cuts" included in the FY 2011-12 state budget. The Aug. 19 CA Cities Advocate story, "State 'Trigger Cuts' Loom as State Revenues Fail to Match Budget Projections" outlines many of $980 million in cuts which will become effective in January and February 2012.

PERB Adopts Emergency Regulations on Mandatory Factfinding

December 9, 2011
The Public Employment Relations Board (PERB) adopted emergency regulations at its Dec. 8 hearing to implement AB 646 (Chapter 680, Statutes of 2011), which will take effect Jan. 1, 2012. The emergency rulemaking package will now move to the Office of Administrative Law (OAL) for review and approval.

Former League Board Member Richard Dixon Dies

December 9, 2011
Sadly, Richard Dixon, who served on the League's board of directors from 2005-2010, died on Friday, Nov. 25 at the age of 63. Dixon was one of the city of Lake Forest's first council members in 1991. During his tenure on the Lake Forest City Council, he served as mayor pro tem in 1994, 1998, 1999, 2001, and 2005 and as mayor in 1995, 1996, 2000, 2002, 2003 and 2007. His memorial service will be held today, Friday, Dec. 9.

Register for Upcoming League Conferences and Submit Your 2012 Annual Conference Session Proposals

December 9, 2011
The League has opened registration for several of its upcoming conferences and is also soliciting session topics for its 2012 Annual Conference & Expo in San Diego.

This Month in Western City Magazine

December 9, 2011
A preview of stories from this month in Western City magazine.

Western Municipal Association Elects New Leadership, Discusses Economy and Other Major Issues

December 2, 2011
During the National League of Cities’ (NLC) Congress of Cities Conference in Phoenix held Nov. 9 – 12, more than 90 Western municipal officials attended the Western Municipal Association’s (WMA) meeting to elect its new leadership and discuss issues facing the 14 states that make up WMA’s membership.

Deadline Fast Approaching for Three City Managers' Department Awards

December 2, 2011
The League of California Cities’ City Managers’ Department annually presents three prestigious awards honoring distinguished members of the department.

The Hit List from WesternCity.com

December 2, 2011
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.

Redevelopment Case to be Heard This Thursday

November 7, 2011
The California Supreme Court will hear oral arguments in California Redevelopment Association v. Matosantos this Thursday, Nov. 10 at 9 a.m. in San Francisco.

U.S. Senate Releases Bi-Partisan Transportation Plan

November 7, 2011
Last Friday evening U.S. Sens. Barbara Boxer (D – Calif), James Inhofe (R-Okla.), Max Baucus (D – Mont.), and David Vitter (R – La.) introduced the Senate version of the federal transportation authorization, or Safe Accountable Flexible Efficient Transportation Equity Act: a Legacy for Users (SAFETEA-LU).

Coalition Files Ballot Measure to Protect Realignment Funds

November 4, 2011
Californians to Protect Public Safety and Local Services announced on Nov.1 that it had filed a constitutional amendment ballot measure to constitutionally protect realignment funds. 

Prepare for Big Changes to Enterprise Zones in 2012

November 4, 2011
Last year, Gov. Jerry Brown sought to eliminate California’s Enterprise Zone Program, which provides tax incentives to help attract business to the state, retain and expand business and industry, and create job opportunities for Californians.

Register Now for the League's Legislative Briefings

November 4, 2011
The League will hold its annual Legislative Briefings on Nov. 15 via webinar and Nov. 16 in Irvine, both at a reduced cost from 2010 rates.

Hotel and Registration Deadline Nov. 8 for 2011 City Clerk’s New Law & Elections Seminar

November 4, 2011
The hotel and registration deadline for the New Law & Elections Seminar, being held Nov. 30 – Dec. 2 in Long Beach, is just around the corner. 

Register Now for the 2012 City Manager’s Department Meeting in Indian Wells

November 4, 2011
Registration for the 2012 City Manager’s Department Meeting in Indian Wells is now open.
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