Jan. 5, 2016
Issue #1

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Medical Marijuana Clean-up Legislation Moves Forward

Assembly Member Jim Wood (D- Healdsburg) on Monday, Jan. 4, amended AB 21 to address a provision in his AB 243, one of the three bills Gov. Jerry Brown signed in 2015, that comprise the Medical Marijuana Regulation and Safety Act. The provision in question, if allowed to remain unchanged, will prevent local governments from enacting ordinances or other regulations regarding medical marijuana cultivation. Without this critical clean-up bill, the provision will pre-empt local governments from enacting any kind of local cultivation regulation if they do not have one in effect as of March 1, 2016.

Legislation, Hot Bills, Public Safety, Marijuana Regulation

Bipartisan Proposal to Fund Efforts to Combat Homelessness and Assist California’s Low Income Residents Launches 2016 Legislative Year

Two news conferences on Monday, one in Los Angeles, and the other in Sacramento, on the bipartisan Senate budget proposal to tackle homelessness dominated the start of the Legislature’s New Year. Headlined by Senate President Pro Tem Kevin de León and former Senate President Pro Tem Darrell Steinberg, the press events rolled out a $2 billion bond proposal to build housing for mentally ill homeless to be funded by Proposition 63 (2004), the 1 percent tax levied on Californians earning more than $1 million annually to pay for mental health programs. The Senate leader projects that the “No Place Like Home” Initiative will fund 10,000 or more housing units throughout California.

Housing, Homelessness, Legislation

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.

Meetings and Events, Action Item

League-Sponsored Bond Agency Finances Affordable Housing Projects in Santa Clarita and Long Beach

Some of the most significant benefits of League membership for cities since 1988 have flowed from the League’s co-sponsorship of the 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 $116.8 million in tax-exempt multifamily bonds that helped finance affordable housing projects in the cities of Long Beach and Santa Clarita.

Financial Solutions for California Cities

Finance Officers Invited to Attend CDIAC Workshops

The California Debt & Investment Advisory Commission (CDIAC) is hosting two educational seminars, the first on advanced investments in late January and the second on disclosure in mid-February, that may be of interest to city finance officers.

Meetings and Events, Fiscal Officers, Municipal Finance
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