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Joint Task Force on Homelessness Holds Third Meeting

May 19, 2017
The CSAC-League Joint Task Force on Homelessness met in the League offices on Thursday, May 11.

Bills in Committee May 22 – 26

May 19, 2017
Late May is a busy time in the Capitol.

SB 649 — A “Small Cell” Bag of Empty Promises

May 16, 2017
Yesterday the League testified in the Senate Appropriations Committee in opposition to Sen. Ben Hueso’s (D-San Diego) SB 649, a bill relating to the permitting and leasing of public property for installation of “small cells.”

Governor Signs Legislation Restoring Funding to California’s Four Most Recently Incorporated Cities

May 12, 2017
Jurupa Valley, one of the four cities affected when the state swept the remaining shares of the city vehicle license fee (VLF) funds, was the site of Gov. Jerry Brown’s signing ceremony this morning for SB 130 (Committee on Budget and Fiscal Review).

Bills in Committee May 15 – 22

May 12, 2017
May 26 is the last day for fiscal policy committees to send bills to the floor and a week later is the June 2 House of Origin deadline.

League Opposes Uber/Lyft Bill Restricting Application of Business Licenses to Drivers

May 12, 2017
After some exploratory discussions with representatives of Uber and Lyft, sponsors of SB 182 (Bradford), the League ultimately opposed the measure.

Assembly Bill Strengthening Cities Ability to Use Inclusionary Housing Tool for Rental Units Moves to Senate

May 12, 2017
California cities are on the front lines of the state’s housing crisis and need tools to help encourage the development of more affordable units for residents.

Senate Energy, Utilities and Communications Committee Holds Hearing on 100 Percent Clean Energy Bill

May 12, 2017
Senate President pro Tem Kevin de León’s (D-Los Angeles) proposal to have California reliant on 100 percent clean energy by 2045 cleared its first policy committee hearing a week after being introduced.

League-Sponsored Bond Agency Issues $66.1 Million in Tax-Exempt Bonds for Affordable Housing in Roseville, Los Angeles and Hospital in Montebello

May 12, 2017
Some of the most significant benefits of League membership for cities since 1988 have flowed from the League’s co-sponsorship of the California Statewide Communities Development Authority (CSCDA).

Caution and Fiscal Restraint Dominate Governor’s Revised Budget Proposal

May 11, 2017
Gov. Jerry Brown held a press conference this morning to unveil his revised FY 2017-18 budget proposal.  Despite improved state revenue projections since January, Governor Brown continued to urge fiscal restraint, and cautioned that the next recession is long overdue. 

De Facto Prohibition on Contracting Measure to be heard in Assembly Appropriations on May 10

May 9, 2017
AB 1250 (Jones-Sawyer) is a gut-and-amend bill that greatly restricts cities and counties’ ability to enter into contracts for essential services.

State Senate Proposes Restructured Cap-and-Trade System

May 9, 2017
Last week, Senate President pro Tempore Kevin De Leon (D-Los Angeles) and Sen. Bob Wieckowski (D-Fremont) unveiled a plan to pass a restructured Cap-and-Trade program.

May is Tourism Month; Share Pictures of Your City’s Most Scenic Locations

May 9, 2017
Cities are invited to celebrate Tourism Month by sharing pictures via Twitter, Facebook, Instagram and the Team California app of the sites that attract visitors to your cities.

SB 35’s Proposed Bureaucracy May Not Result in Much Affordable Housing

May 5, 2017
The notion that cities are the major impediment to the state’s current housing production challenges is the underlying rationale behind SB 35 (Wiener), one of the bills moving in the Legislature this year. 

League President Solicits Coastal City Officials to Serve on Coastal Cities Issues Group (CCIG) Leadership Committee

May 5, 2017
League President JoAnne Mounce is soliciting six elected officials, one from each of the six regions within the coastal zone, to serve on a new Leadership Committee of the League’s Coastal Cities Issues Group (CCIG).

AB 345 Seeks to Strengthen Local Enforcement Tools for Ordinances and Building Codes

May 5, 2017
Cities facing challenges enforcing their local ordinances and building and safety codes should consider supporting AB 345 (Ridley-Thomas).

Lawmakers Continue to Negotiate Park Bond Proposals

May 5, 2017
Legislators have proposed two measures to place two different park (and water) bond proposals on the June 2018 statewide ballot.

League Submits Comments to ARB for 2030 Scoping Plan

May 5, 2017
The League of California Cities® recently submitted comments to the Air Resources Board (ARB) on the draft of the 2017 Climate Change Scoping Plan Update.

Volunteer Judges Needed for Helen Putnam Award for Excellence Program

May 5, 2017
The 2017 Helen Putnam Award for Excellence program applications have been submitted and now it is time to score them to determine who the winning cities are for each of the 11 categories.

Bills in Committee May 8 – 15

May 5, 2017
The Legislative hearing committee schedule is in full swing and Gov. Jerry Brown is expected to release his revised FY 2017-18 budget proposal next week.
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