|Dec. 11, 2015
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Sacramento has been relatively quiet since the Legislature adjourned on Sept. 11, with the Gov. Jerry Brown making his final decisions on legislation on Oct. 11. That all changes in four weeks when legislators return to the Capitol on Jan. 4 to begin the start of the second year of the 2015-16 legislative session.Legislation, Hot Bills, Meetings and Events
Nominations for the 2016 Local Streets and Roads Awards due Jan. 13The Save California Streets Coalition has opened the nomination period for its annual Local Streets and Roads Awards. Submissions should highlight a street infrastructure project or program that has demonstrated a significant improvement in your community’s street system. The coalition comprises a number of organizations including the League of California Cities® and the California State Association of Counties.
Public Works, Transportation, Action Item
National League of Cities (NLC) on Dec. 7 announced the appointment of members to the organization’s 2016 policy and advocacy committees by NLC President Melodee Colbert Kean. California in the coming year will have 15 city officials serving on NLC’s seven key committees. These committees are responsible for developing national municipal policy positions that form the basis for NLC’s engagement on behalf of cities before Congress, the courts and federal agencies. Members are appointed for a one-year term and can be re-appointed annually.
This week Congress moved to make the Internet Tax Freedom Act (ITFA) permanent when a conference committee included it in an unrelated Customs Reauthorization Conference Report. This action came without notice and was completely unexpected. The League joined with other stakeholders to urge the removal of the provisions of the Customs bill prior to its passage, but help is needed from individual cities.Telecommunications, Revenue and Taxation, Federal
Financial Solutions for CA Cities
California Statewide Communities Development Authority (CSCDA). This program provides a variety of public agencies and developers access to low-cost, tax-exempt financing and economic development tools. CSCDA issued $49.6 million in tax-exempt multifamily bonds that helped finance affordable housing projects in several California cities.
Financial Solutions for CA Cities, Affordable Housing
Legal Updates, Meetings and Events
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