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.
April 25, 2013
Two League-supported bills to clarify and provide certainty for the dissolution process for redevelopment agencies passed out of the Assembly Local Government Committee on Wednesday afternoon.
April 5, 2013
Gov. Jerry Brown last year signed SB 1186 (Steinberg) into law.
March 8, 2013
The League is currently reviewing hundreds of this year’s regular session bills and evaluating their potential implications for local government agencies.
February 13, 2013
On Tuesday night, President Barack Obama delivered his fifth State of the Union speech. In the hour-long speech, many issues important to cities and city officials were mentioned.
December 7, 2012
Monday, Dec. 3 was the first day legislation for the 2013-14 legislative session could be introduced and Sen. Lois Wolk (D-Davis) wasted no time in introducing SB 33 (Wolk), a measure to update Infrastructure Financing District law, to make it a useful tool to help cities maintain, repair, and rebuild critical infrastructure and create economic development in their communities. SB 33 is a reintroduction of last year’s SB 214 (Wolk) that was supported by the League, the California Building Industry Association and other organizations.
December 7, 2012
On Nov. 13, via webinar, and on Nov. 14, in Riverside, the League held its Annual Legislative Briefings. The presentations focused on the state budget and key developments from the 2011-12 legislative year.
December 3, 2012
On Dec. 13, the League will host a free webinar for members and League partners on SB 1186 (Steinberg and Dutton) implementation. Among other things, SB 1186 requires cities to collect an additional $1 fee for a local business license, equivalent instrument or permit beginning Jan. 1, 2013.
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 24, 2012
The White House Office of Management and Budget (OMB) issued a report earlier this month detailing potential federal cuts of approximately $109 billion that would be triggered if Congress fails to act on a plan to reduce the deficit by $1.2 trillion in accordance with the Budget Control Act of 2011. Also referred to as “sequestration,” the act would impose a 9.4 percent reduction in non-exempt discretionary funding and an 8.2 percent reduction in non-exempt, nondefense discretionary funding.
August 10, 2012
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July 20, 2012
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July 13, 2012
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April 27, 2012
The State Water Resources Control Board has announced it will host an infrastructure funding fair on June 12 at the Los Angeles County Department of Public Works Building in Alhambra.
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.
January 20, 2012
The California Financing Coordinating Committee (CFCC) has announced its plans to host several free funding fairs to give attendees information about currently available infrastructure grant, loan and bond financing programs and options. The funding fairs also provide an opportunity for attendees to speak directly with program staff about specific projects and issues affecting their community.
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.