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League Officers Meet With Legislative Leadership to Advocate League Priorities

April 10, 2012
Yesterday League President Mike Kasperzak, Mountain View mayor, led a delegation of League officers and staff in meetings with the four legislative leaders and a key Assembly member.

Bills in Committee: April 9 - 13

April 9, 2012
The Legislature returned today from its week-long spring recess and will resume floor sessions 12 p.m. in the Assembly and at 2 p.m. in the Senate.

Governor Sends Reorganization Plan to Little Hoover Commission

April 6, 2012
Last Friday, Gov. Jerry Brown sent his Governor's Reorganization Plan (GRP) to the Little Hoover Commission (commission), activating a 90 day clock in which the Commission and Legislature have to act.

League Supports Two Bills to Address State Water Resources Control Board Concerns

April 6, 2012
The League is supporting two recently introduced bills by Sen. Rod Wright (D-Los Angeles) that provide additional communication with State Water Resources Control Board (SWRCB) staff and members during the drafting and updating of statewide water quality permits.

League Encourages Action on Federal 2013 Appropriations

April 6, 2012
The League held a webinar on federal issues, on Thursday, April 5 and urges all city officials to now take action on the 2013 appropriations process.

March Policy Committee Summary

April 6, 2012
The League’s policy making process relies on the open participation of a diverse group of city officials from across the state. On March 29 – 30, the League’s eight standing policy committees met in Ontario. The committees took up a number of policy issues, some as informational items, and others as action items to be referred to the League’s board of directors. City officials were also briefed during a general session prior to each committee meeting on issues of statewide importance including redevelopment legislation, state budget issues and federal transportation reauthorization.

Share Your Local News with the League

April 6, 2012
The League is currently in the planning process of a new venture to disseminate news and information about California cities. The League is interested in receiving all city press releases and newsletters so we’re able to help spread the word about the good work being done in cities throughout California.

U.S. Department of Energy Consortium to Host LED Street Lighting Workshop

April 6, 2012
On April 19 – 20, the U.S. Department of Energy’s (DOE) Municipal Solid-State Street Lighting (MSSL) Consortium and the city of Los Angeles Bureau of Street Lighting will host an LED Street Lighting Workshop. The workshop is open to city officials, utility officials, consultants and energy efficiency organizations.

The Hit List from WesternCity.com

April 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 March.

League Releases Q & A Guide On Post-Redevelopment Legal Issues

March 30, 2012
The League has released the first in a series of question and answer guides to assist cities struggling with issues arising from ABx1 26, the redevelopment dissolution statute.

There’s Still Time To Enter Your City’s Innovative Program In The 2012 League Partner-Sponsored Helen Putnam Awards

March 30, 2012
Each year the League of California Cities honors outstanding work in member cities across the state through the League Partner-sponsored Helen Putnam Awards for Excellence.

Take The NLC Mayor’s Challenge For Water Conservation

March 30, 2012
In honor of the 40th anniversary of the Clean Water Act, the primary federal law protecting water resources in the United States, the National League of Cities (NLC) is launching its Mayor’s Challenge for Water Conservation.

California FreshWorks Fund Releases RFP for Healthy Corner Store Conversion Awards

March 30, 2012
The California FreshWorks Fund (fund) released a $1 million statewide RFP to assist intermediaries in carrying out conversions of corner stores this week.

CCSP Endorses Upcoming Community School National Forum

March 30, 2012
The Cities Counties Schools Partnership is endorsing the upcoming Community School National Forum. The forum will take place on May 9 – 12 in San Francisco.

Coming in the April Issue of Western City Magazine

March 30, 2012
The April issue is online now. Don’t miss these articles.

Bills in Committee: March 26 - 30

March 26, 2012
Last week, AB 1585 (Perez) was passed in the Assembly Local Government Committee as well as the Assembly Appropriations Committee. AB 1585, which contains numerous policy and technical cleanups to the redevelopment dissolution bill, AB 1x 26, will likely be taken up for a floor vote today during the Assembly's floor session scheduled for 11:30 a.m. The Senate has scheduled its floor session at 2 p.m.

Redevelopment Dissolution Cleanup Bill, AB 1585, Passed in Assembly

March 26, 2012
Yesterday, the Assembly passed AB 1585 (Pérez), a redevelopment cleanup bill that contains numerous policy and technical cleanups to AB 1x 26, with a 58-7 vote. The bill will now be sent to the Senate and will likely be heard after the Legislature returns from its Spring Recess. The Legislature will be in Spring Recess from March 30 until April 9. 

CalTRUST to Host Stakeholders' Meeting on April 17 in Sacramento

March 23, 2012
CalTRUST, an investment program co-sponsored by the League, will hold its inaugural stakeholders' meeting in Sacramento on April 17. CalTRUST is an investment vehicle established by public agencies to pool and invest local agency funds. One mission of the CalTRUST Board of Trustees is to offer educational opportunities for local government investment professionals throughout California.

League Releases Initial Bills of Interest for 2012

March 23, 2012
The League is currently reviewing this year's regular session bills and evaluating their potential implications for local government agencies. The following is a preliminary list of trends and bills which the League is tracking of interest to cities. Please note that it is still very early in the legislative calendar and the likelihood of these bills being amended is very high.

Participate In Strong Cities | Strong State Campaign Today

March 23, 2012
Last August, the League and the California City Management Foundation (CCMF) launched its Strong Cities | Strong State campaign, featuring the importance of local government in California residents' everyday lives, and the people at work delivering critical services.
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