March 13, 2013
The Senate Industrial Relations Committee passed SB 7 (Steinberg) this morning, sending it to the Senate Appropriations Committee.
March 13, 2013
Today, the Senate Governance and Finance Committee heard several bills, including two economic development bills the League has been carefully tracking, SB 33 (Wolk) and SB 1 (Steinberg).
March 8, 2013
This week, the League issued a support letter on AB 564 (Mullin), which provides certainty to successor agencies and all other public and private entities that benefits offered by a finding of completion from the Department of Finance (DOF) can be relied upon.
March 8, 2013
The League of California Cities is now accepting nominations from elected officials interested in serving in one of six at-large board positions (two-year term), or as second vice president (one-year term). All nominees for second vice president must currently be serving or have previously served on the board of directors.
February 28, 2013
In November 2012, the League’s board of directors approved two proposed amendments to the League bylaws which must be approved by a two-thirds vote of those members voting in order to take effect.
February 4, 2013
Next Monday, Feb. 11, the Assembly Budget Subcommittee #6 on Budget Process, Oversight and Program Evaluation will hold an informational hearing on redevelopment dissolution issues per AB 26x1 and AB 1484. Representatives have been invited from the Department of Finance to provide an overview of its activities, and a representative from the State Controller’s Office. The hearing will be held at 2:30 p.m. in State Capitol Room 126.
January 24, 2013
This morning Gov. Jerry Brown delivered his 2013 State of the State address touching on a number of issues including education, health care, enterprise, trade missions to China, water, climate change, CEQA, transportation and high speed rail.
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.
September 14, 2012
On Monday, Sept. 4, following the final night of the 2011-12 legislative session on Friday, Aug. 30, the League published a comprehensive list of bills of interest to cities which were passed by the Legislature and sent to Gov. Jerry Brown for action. City officials are still encouraged to immediately send request for signature or veto letters as indicated below, as the Governor could take action at any time before his Sept. 30 deadline.
September 13, 2012
Gov. Jerry Brown will soon be making decisions on three bills on his desk that offer local agencies options to develop infrastructure and promote economic development in the wake of the loss of redevelopment.
September 12, 2012
The League has requested that the Governor veto AB 1616 (Gatto), which would require cities to issue permits to “cottage food operations” that operate out of a residence and deem them to be a permitted use of residential property for local zoning, building, and fire codes. Cities are encouraged to also send veto request letters immediately.
September 4, 2012
On Friday, Aug. 31 the Legislature completed work for the 2011-12 session, sending a number of items to Gov. Jerry Brown for action.
August 31, 2012
On Thursday, League-supported SB 214 (Wolk) was passed in the Senate with a 22 – 15 vote, sending it to Gov. Jerry Brown. SB 214 makes important changes to existing Infrastructure Financing District (IFD) law and will enable IFDs to become a more helpful financing tool for a wide variety of local infrastructure.
August 30, 2012
This year the League has been tracking a number of major bills which affect cities as reflected in its updated Aug. 10 Major Bills List. This week, the League also published a list of gut and amends that affect cities. The following actions have occurred for the bills the League is tracking.
August 22, 2012
Amendments taken to AB 2451 (Pérez) on Monday do not adequately address concerns over the new costs this bill would impose on public employers at a time when public agencies can least afford them. Consequently, the League remains opposed. AB 2451 is on third Senate reading and may be heard this week.
August 20, 2012
Last week, the Department of Housing and Community Development (HCD) released its Draft Housing Element Update Guidance and is now soliciting public comment. The comment period will be open until Sept. 17.
August 16, 2012
Today, both the Senate and Assembly Appropriations Committees met and took up a number of regular order business items, as well as their suspense files.
August 14, 2012
Despite discussions with the author’s staff and sponsors over the last several months, the League remains opposed to AB 2451 (Pérez) because it would dramatically increase workers’ compensation costs for local governments by removing the four-and-a-half year statute of limitations for presumptive death benefit claims for firefighters and peace officers.
August 14, 2012
Given the state’s budget problems it may be difficult to envision how a state tax credit bill might be enacted this year. Yet, AB 2037 has secured bi-partisan support and seems to still have a chance of moving this year because it proposes to reallocate some unused tax credits for another purpose.
August 10, 2012
The deadline to comment on underwriting standards for the Federal National Mortgage Association (Fannie Mae) and Federal Home one Mortgage Corporation (Freddie Mac) relating to mortgage assets affected by Property Assessed Clean Energy Programs (PACE) has been extended from June 30 to Sept. 13.