Dec. 18, 2015
Issue #105

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Federal Update: Internet Tax Freedom Act, 2016 Appropriations

Permanent Extension of Internet Tax Freedom Act on Hold, But Cities Should Remain Vigilant

Congress last week moved to make the Internet Tax Freedom Act (ITFA) permanent when a conference committee included it in an unrelated Customs Reauthorization Conference Report.  Cities and other stakeholders responded in force and were able to avoid the passage before the winter break. Instead a temporary extension of the ITFA will be included in the annual Appropriations Omnibus bill that will be passed this week. The omnibus bill extends the ITFA through October 2016.

Federal, Legislation

California City Solutions: Santa Clara’s Library Offers Sustainable Programs to Enrich Community Health

This story is part of an ongoing series featuring Helen Putnam Award entries. The 2015 entries are available on the League’s website as a resource for cities in a searchable database called California City Solutions. The city of Santa Clara’s Sustainable U was submitted in 2015 for the Health and Wellness Programs award category.

CA City Solutions, Helen Putnam, Library Services, Health and Wellness


Registration Open for 2016 Municipal Law Symposium, Feb. 5

The 2016 Municipal Law Symposium will focus on the challenging issues public agency attorneys face in the areas of water and public works. Panels will focus on: water rights, drought, and enforcement; water issues related to CEQA and land use; alternative water supplies, including storm water, groundwater, and recycled water; water and public works finance issues including those related to Proposition 218; and conflicts of interest, including an update on the new FPPC Regulations and conflict of interest issues relevant to public works projects.

Legal Updates, Meetings and Events

Submit Your Ideas for the League’s Annual Conference Sessions

Proposals Due by Jan. 8

The League of California Cities® is inviting members, partners and stakeholders to submit session proposals for the 2016 Annual Conference & Expo. The event will be held Oct. 5-7 at the Long Beach Convention Center. This is a great opportunity to engage city officials and local government stakeholders on important ideas and issues.

Meetings and Events, Action Item

Just 100 Spots Left for January New Mayors and Council Members Academy

Registration is still open for the League of California Cities® New Mayors and Council Members Academy scheduled for Jan. 20-22 at the Hyatt Regency in Sacramento. There are just 100 spots left so if your city has a newly elected mayor or council members make sure they have an opportunity to acquire all the skills they need to hit the ground running.

Meetings and Events, Mayors and Council Members
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