June 29, 2012
CalPERS has announced it is seeking nominations for its Spotlight on Excellence Program, which recognizes local contracting CalPERS agencies that exhibit excellence in public service.
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 11, 2012
AB 1831 (Dickinson) applies to cities and counties and would “ban the box” on any initial employment application that asks applicants about criminal background.
May 9, 2012
Gov. Jerry Brown is expected to issue his budget May Revise on Monday, May 14, containing updates to state revenue and cost projections. The question remains what, if any, proposals the Governor may include affecting the dissolution of redevelopment agencies.
May 4, 2012
On Wednesday, AB 1551 (Torres) passed out of the Assembly Appropriations Committee with a vote of 16 – 1 and was sent to the Assembly floor. The League urges city officials to send opposition letters immediately.
April 27, 2012
The U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) on Wednesday issued an update titled “Enforcement Guidance on Employer Use of Arrest and Conviction Records in Employment Decisions under Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964.” EEOC also issued a question and answer document about the report.
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 19, 2012
Several of the League's "hot bills," AB 2231 (Fuentes), AB 2312 (Ammiano), and AB 1551 (Torres) passed out of committees this week. All of these bills are opposed by the League.
April 13, 2012
The League hosted a free webinar for members Thursday, April 12 on the League’s major bills.
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 26, 2012
AB 1028, authored by the Assembly Committee on Public Employees, Retirement and Social Security (Committee), went into effect Jan. 1. This bill made several changes to various sections of the Government Code related to the California Public Employees' Retirement System (CalPERS).
January 26, 2012
On Wednesday, the Conference Committee on Public Employee Pensions held its third meeting, this time discussing hybrid pension plans. The committee met twice last year to review the current conditions of public employee benefits and the reforms taking place locally and statewide.
December 16, 2011
Information for the calendar year 2010 is now available on Controller John Chiang's website documenting salary, pension and other compensation for city and county employees. The update released on Wednesday, Dec. 14 includes data for 674,000 city, county and special district workers as well employees from the state of California, the University of California and the California State University systems. This week's update totals $48.8 billion.
December 16, 2011
City officials grappling with the labor reporting requirements of SB X2 9 (2009) may be confused by recent emails sent to some public works directors stating that cities will be required to pay a one-quarter percent fee of the city's construction budget to the state for the state Labor Compliance Program (LCP). Cities are not required to pay this fee to the state on all public works projects.