March 11, 2016
Issue #23

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League Members Advocate for City Priorities during 2016 NLC City Congressional Conference

Sen. Boxer Receives League Congressional Leader of the Year Award

More than 2,000 city officials from across the nation met in Washington, D.C. this week for the 2016 National League of Cities Congressional City Conference. During the conference, attendees heard from a variety of Cabinet-level appointees on issues of importance to cities.

NLC, Federal, Meetings and Events

Cities, Counties Awarded for Outstanding Local Streets and Roads Projects

Los Angeles County Wins Top Prize, Cities of Cupertino, Santa Cruz, and Placer County also Honored

The County Engineers Association of California and the Public Works Officers’ Institute on Thursday, March 10, today announced the winners of the 2016 Outstanding Local Streets and Roads Project Awards at their annual spring meeting in Sacramento. Local governments being recognized include the cities of Cupertino and Santa Cruz and the counties of Placer and Los Angeles.

Public Works Officers, Public Works, Transportation, Meetings and Events

League Submits Comments on California Massage Therapy Council Sunset Review Legislation

The Assembly Business and Professions Committee and the Senate Business, Professions and Economic Development committees on Monday, March 14 will hold a sunset review hearing for the California Massage Therapy Council (CAMTC). The hearing will cover AB 2195 (Bonilla), legislation that would extend its sunset under the Massage Therapy Act (AB 1147 of 2014) from Jan. 1, 2017 to Jan. 1, 2019.

Massage Regulation, Legislation

Measures Include Authority to Regulate Electronic Cigarettes in Same Manner as Tobacco

Just one week after the Assembly took action on March 4, the Senate on March 10 approved all six tobacco control bills, including measures that would regulate electronic cigarettes as tobacco products, increase the legal smoking age to 21 from 18, and authorize counties to impose local tobacco taxes.

Environmental Quality, Legislation

Speaker Rendon Announces New Committee Chairs, Floor Leadership Team

The busy week in the Capitol wrapped up on Thursday when Anthony Rendon, the newly sworn in Speaker, released changes to several of the Assembly’s policy committees as well as his floor leadership team. The changes are effective immediately for the 2015-16 Regular Session.


Public Works Officers Learn about Benefits of U.S. Communities Joint Purchasing Program

City and county public works officers and staff this week had an opportunity to learn more about how the League of California Cities® sponsored U.S. Communities Government Purchasing Alliance program can help their local agencies save taxpayer dollars through the power of using the government purchasing cooperative.

Financial Solutions for CA Cities

March 16 Deadline Approaching for Affordable Housing and Sustainable Communities NOFA

NEW FAQ Released for Current Fiscal Year Funding Cycle
Cities that are interested in applying for Affordable Housing and Sustainable Communities (AHSC) grants must submit their concept proposals by March 16. The Strategic Growth Council earlier this week released new responses to FAQ for the FY 2015-16 funding round.

Affordable Housing, Housing, Grants and Funding

The League’s 2016 Legislative Action Day is Wednesday, April 27

Register Today for the Condensed One-Day Program

It is not too early to register for the League’s Annual Legislative Action Day. Scheduled for Wednesday, April 27, the one-day event is free for League members and League Partners.

Legislation, Assembly, Senate, Meetings and Events

Register Today for March 16 Webinar to Provide Help for Cities Addressing Homelessness

Registration closes March 15 for the League’s March 16 webinar intended to provide cities with information on fundamental tools for addressing homelessness. This 90-minute webinar will begin at 2 p.m.

Housing, Homelessness, Meetings and Events

California City Solutions: Millbrae Tackles Illegal Dumping Activity with Clean Team

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 Millbrae’s Clean Team was submitted in 2015 for the Enhancing Public Trust, Ethics, and Community Involvement in city Government award category.

CA City Solutions, Helen Putnam, Environmental Quality, Ethics
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