March 25, 2016
Issue #25

Editor's Note

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Local Government Officials, Business, Labor, Transportation Advocates Gather in Fresno to Urge Legislature to Pass Transportation Funding Package

Raising concern about the California Transportation Commission’s (CTCs) mandated cut of $754 million in transportation funding statewide, local elected officials, business officials, labor leaders and transportation officials gathered on Wednesday morning in Fresno near Highway 180 in Centerville to urge the Legislature and Governor Brown to pass a transportation funding and reform package immediately.

Public Works, Revenue and Taxation, Transportation

April 29 Application Deadline Just A Few Weeks Away for Two League Board of Directors Positions

The League of California Cities® is now accepting nominations from elected officials interested in serving in one of six at-large board positions (two-year term), or as second vice president (one-year term). All nominees for second vice president must currently be serving or have previously served on the board of directors.

League Policy

California City Solutions: La Puente’s L.E.A.D. Engages Students in Mock City Council Meetings and Community Enhancements

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 La Puente’s Project L.E.A.D. was submitted in 2015 for the Ruth Vreeland Award for Engaging Youth in City Government in city Government award category.

League Partners, Helen Putnam

U.S. Communities Launches New Contract to Help Government Agencies with Interpretation and Translation Services

Informational Webinars Scheduled for April 5 and 7

U.S. Communities, the League sponsored government purchasing alliance, has awarded Language Select a multi-year award to provide interpretation and translation services and related services and solutions. Through this contract, public agencies will have access to a unique business solution provided by an elite group of language professionals that help agencies:
  • Facilitate clear communication eliminating any language or cultural barriers;
  • Access high-quality interpretation and translation services at competitive rates;
  • Assist with communication in a life threatening emergency; and
  • Complete a business transaction without translation difficulties.

Financial Solutions for Cities 

Session Proposals for 2016 Municipal Finance Institute due April 8

The League of California Cities® is seeking session ideas for the Municipal Finance Institute, which will be held Nov. 30-Dec. 1 in Monterey. This is the premiere educational event for finance officers, city treasurers, city managers and staff.

Meetings and Events, Revenue and Taxation, Municipal Finance

Considering a Sales Tax Increase, Do it Right

A local add-on sales tax is legally a “transactions and use tax” (TrUT) and must be adopted in conformance with state law. The state Board of Equalization (BOE) is responsible for administering these taxes, which the BOE also calls “district taxes.”  The BOE offers an invaluable publication, “Tax Information for City and County Officials: Local Sales and Use Tax, Transactions (Sales) and Use Tax.” (Publication 28).

Revenue and Taxation, Municipal Finance

Mayors Day of Recognition for National Service is Fast Approaching

Mayors from across the United States are invited to participate in the third annual Mayors Day of Recognition for National Service, scheduled for April 7. The event is led by the Corporation for National and Community Service, the National League of Cities, and Cities of Service.

Mayors and Council Members

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