Jan. 13, 2016
Issue #4

Editor's Note

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Medical Marijuana Clean-up Bill Moves Forward

The Senate Governance and Finance Committee today approved the medical marijuana cultivation clean-up measure, AB 21 (Bonta, Cooley, Jones-Sawyer, Lackey and Wood) on a vote of 6-0. Supported by the League, the California Police Chiefs Association, and several individual cities, AB 21 would remove the March 1, 2016 deadline for local governments have cultivation regulations in effect or face state pre-emption. The bill will next go to the Senate Health Committee, where it is set for hearing on Wednesday, Jan. 20.

Marijuana Regulation, Assembly, Senate, Hot Bills, Legislation

City Officials Encouraged to Volunteer for Road Usage Charge Pilot Program

Signup Online for Pilot that Begins Summer 2016

California drivers have an opportunity to participate in the state’s study whether a road usage fee could fund California’s transportation system by signing up to be part of the Road Usage Charge Pilot Program. Launching this summer, the nine month pilot program pilot will help the California Transportation Commission (CTC) study whether a road user fee is a sustainable long-term alternative to the current gas tax, which is not adequate to meet the state’s transportation needs. Information gathered from 5,000 volunteers will help inform the Legislature’s decision on whether to implement such a program statewide.

Transportation, Public Works

California Economic Summit Releases 2016 Roadmap to Shared Prosperity

The California Economic Summit announced the release of its 2016 Roadmap to Shared Prosperity, which puts forward a plan to achieve multiple ambitious goals — the One Million Challenges — each one vital to expanding sustainable economic growth in California.

Economic Development, Transportation, Housing

White House Opens Champions for Change Program Nominations, Summer Opportunity Workshop

Over the summer many young people and their families lose access to critical supports that keep them safe, healthy and engaged in learning and meaningful work experiences. The summer “opportunity gap” contributes to gaps in achievement, employment, and college and career success, particularly for low-income students. Studies also show that providing summer opportunities help divert youth from criminal involvement and reduce violence. To meet this challenge, state and local leaders, community-based organizations, private sector and philanthropic leaders, schools and other youth-serving agencies are coming together to create a set of supports that enable strong transitions from school year to school year and from high school to college and careers.


Keynote Speakers Announced for the Public Works Officers Institute and Expo in March

Register by Feb. 16

The League of California Cities® recently announced its keynote speakers for the 2016 Public Works Officers Institute and Expo scheduled for March 9-11 at the Hyatt Regency Sacramento. This conference is for professionals of all career levels and offers education on the latest developments in public works, leadership, managing transportation, infrastructure, water, waste programs and more. 

Public Works Officers, Meetings and Events, Public Works
1400 K Street ■ Sacramento, CA 95814 ■ (916) 658-8200
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