SB 7 (Steinberg) prohibits a charter city from receiving or using state funding or financial assistance for a construction project if the city has a voter-approved charter provision or ordinance that authorizes a contractor to not comply with state prevailing wage requirements on local construction projects funded by (non-state) city funds. This harmful measure will have the effect of cutting off 51 cities, with a combined population of 5 million people, from state funding.
The League opposes SB 7 because it will RETROACTIVELY punish voters and residents of 51 charter cities for exercising their right to vote on how city funds are spent by denying them access to any state funding for public works. SB 7 also fundamentally infringes on the right to vote of residents of charter cities — a right protected by both the California and U.S. Constitutions. SB 7 essentially nullifies the votes of those voters by imposing conditions on the voting after the election occurred.
When and Where:
June 26, 2013, 1:30 p.m., Assembly Local Government Committee, State Capitol Room 444
City Officials Confirmed to Testify in Opposition:
Bill Bogaard, League President and Pasadena Mayor
Newell Arnerich, Mayor, Danville
Tom Haglund, City Manager, Gilroy
Dawn LaBar, Legislative/Special Projects Manager, Fairfield
Kathy Miller, Council Member, Stockton
Craig Vejvoda, Mayor, Tulare
Please visit the League’s website at www.cacities.org/SB7
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