September 9, 2013
Local governments have lost two primary economic development tools, redevelopment agencies and enterprise zones, as the result of legislative action in recent years. AB 562 (Williams), currently pending on the Governor’s desk, would further bog down remaining local efforts with additional local economic reporting and tracking requirements.
July 30, 2013
The California Statewide Communities Development Authority (CSCDA) is currently soliciting potential pipeline projects in connection with its 2013 application for New Markets Tax Credits.
May 31, 2013
The League, cities and the business community scored a victory this week in stopping SB 673 (DeSaulnier) on the Senate Floor.
May 21, 2013
The Institute for Local Government has launched the Economic Development Resource Center to help cities meet the fiscal challenges in light of the loss of redevelopment and state budget cuts.
May 8, 2013
Originally released on April 18, the League’s 2013 Hot Bills List has been updated to reflect the most current status of bills of most importance to cities. Several bills have been removed from the original list because they are not expected to move this year. Several bills have been added to the list. The list below is to date as of May 8, 2013.
May 2, 2013
Meeting in Sacramento on April 25, the League board of directors tackled a full agenda of business that included meetings with Gov. Jerry Brown and CalPERS CEO Anne Stausboll. The meeting was held in conjunction with Legislative Action Day on April 24.
April 26, 2013
Gov. Jerry Brown spent almost an hour talking with the League board of directors on April 25 about criminal justice realignment, local control, economic development, the roles of the various levels of government, his commitment to building new infrastructure in the state and his philosophy on government.
April 18, 2013
Today the League has released the list of 26 “Hot Bills” for 2013 that reflects positions on these bills as of April 18.
April 12, 2013
On April 4–5, the League’s eight standing policy committees met in Pasadena.
April 12, 2013
President Barack Obama on Wednesday released his FY 2014 budget proposal.
April 5, 2013
Last November, the League’s leadership identified the expansion of community and economic development tools and funding options for city services as a League priority for 2013.
March 29, 2013
The League has taken an oppose position on SB 673 (DeSaulnier), a bill that would prohibit the approval of any retail or commercial facility estimated to receive more than $1 million in subsidies unless a comprehensive analysis is prepared by the Governor’s Office of Planning and Research (OPR) or a public agency or private entity under contract with OPR.
February 12, 2013
Yesterday, as expected, SB 13 (Beall) was easily passed out of the Senate Public Employment and Retirement Committee.
January 11, 2013
The National League of Cities (NLC) is offering an informational webinar on economic development that will explore the concept of Economic Gardening.
December 21, 2012
The California Association for Local Economic Development (CALED) Awards of Excellence program brings statewide public and professional recognition to those projects and programs developed during the previous year that have made significant contributions to the field of economic development.
October 5, 2012
Veto messages are not usually the place to seek inspiration, but they can provide a window into a Governor’s thinking. So when Gov. Jerry Brown opted to veto all of the various infrastructure-related bills on his desk last week, including SB 214 (Wolk), which was supported by the League, it is worth reviewing these messages both for what they say and don’t say.
October 5, 2012
Read these articles online in the October issue of Western City magazine.
October 1, 2012
On Sept. 30 Gov. Jerry Brown completed action on bills for the 2011-12 legislative session. The Governor in the end was consistent with 72.4 percent of the League’s 29 signature and veto requests.
September 28, 2012
This Sunday, Sept. 30 is the deadline for Gov. Jerry Brown to take action on the bills passed by the Legislature and sent to his desk at the end of August.
September 21, 2012
Gov. Jerry Brown has until Sept. 30 to take action on hundreds of bills passed by the Legislature and sent to his desk. On Sept. 4, the League published a comprehensive list of bills of interest to cities and on Sept. 14 published subsequent actions taken by the Governor.