June 22, 2012
On June 12, Assembly Member Nancy Skinner (D-Berkeley) gutted and amended AB 904 to revive last year’s parking bill, AB 710 (Skinner), which was strongly opposed by the League. AB 904, sponsored by the California Infill Builders Association fails to address the League’s concerns from last year’s AB 710, and it also could discourage the development of new affordable housing. For more details on AB 904, please see “Last Year’s Parking Bill AB 710 Resurrected in AB 904.”
June 22, 2012
In anticipation of the expiration of the current extension of the Federal Transportation Authorization on June 30, negotiations on a new, long-term authorization went into overdrive this week.
June 22, 2012
The National League of Cities recently announced the release of two new Municipal Action Guides from its Center for Research & Innovation. These guides may be useful to city officials dealing with infrastructure and housing and community development issues.
June 15, 2012
On Tuesday, AB 904 (Skinner) was gutted and amended from an energy bill into a revival of last year’s parking bill, AB 710 (Skinner).
June 8, 2012
While much of the attention in the next week will be focused on the state budget, there are also a number of other important items of which cities should watch.
May 14, 2012
Gov. Jerry Brown released his revised FY 2012-13 Budget today, reflecting an increased deficit of $15.7 billion, up from his January projection of $9.2 billion. The budget shortfall is attributed to overly optimistic revenue forecasts, increased Proposition 98 spending and federal court rulings blocking several budget cuts.
May 7, 2012
SB 1330 (Simitian), a bill which would limit license plate recognition (LPR) data retention, could be voted on as early as Thursday on the Senate floor.
April 27, 2012
This week, Senate and House leadership released the names of conference committee members who will tackle the difficult task of negotiating a long term transportation authorization.
April 24, 2012
The League revised its major bills list this week. The following list represents the bills that League staff is following closely.
April 20, 2012
The House approved a transportation bill on Wednesday afternoon that should allow the discussion on a long-term transportation reauthorization to move to a conference committee.
April 13, 2012
The League hosted a free webinar for members Thursday, April 12 on the League’s major bills.
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.
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.
February 10, 2012
Last week, the U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) published a notice of funding availability (NOFA) for the fourth round of TIGER grants. DOT has also released a technical supplement to Appendix A on Benefit Cost Analysis entitled "BCA Resource Guide."
February 1, 2012
Last Thursday and Friday, the League's eight standing policy committees met in Sacramento to discuss legislative issues and plan for the coming year.
January 27, 2012
On Tuesday, the Senate Transportation and Housing Committee held an informational hearing on the 2011 Statewide Transportation System Needs Assessment. Commissioned by the California Transportation Commission (CTC), the assessment was a collaboration of many agencies and organizations that participate in transportation planning in California. The report includes the needs of all modes of transportation, including highways, local streets and roads, bridges, airports, seaports, railways, and public transit.
December 16, 2011
On Thursday, the League hosted a webinar with the High Speed Rail Authority (HSRA) on the 2012 Business Plan. Participants heard first hand from the HSRA on how this plan differs from previous ones. The new plan uses conservative ridership and revenue estimates, assumes three percent inflation, and plans for a phased implementation and blended operations. A copy of the PowerPoint presentation can be found on the League's website.