April 22, 2016
Issue #30

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League-Sponsored Bill to Address Placement of Alcohol and Drug Recovery Homes in Residential Neighborhoods Passes Assembly Health Committee

Sober Living Home Licensing Measure Also Passes

AB 2403, a League-sponsored bill by Assembly Member Richard Bloom (D-Santa Monica) to help restore balance between residential character of neighborhoods and the availability of small licensed alcohol and drug recovery group homes, passed out of the Assembly Committee on Health Tuesday with a 15-0 vote. At the same hearing, the committee also approved AB 2255 (Melendez), also supported by the League, which would establish a process whereby sober living homes can apply for state certification.

Action Item, Legislation, Assembly, Senate, Housing, Public Safety

Bills in Committee: April 25-29

With the Legislature’s policy committees now in full swing, the League will begin regularly updating members on upcoming hearings on bills of interest to cities. A full listing of Senate and Assembly hearings is available online. Hearing times are subject to change.

Legislative Hearings, Meetings and Events, Assembly, Senate, Legislation

San Diego Releases Comprehensive Action Plan to Reduce Affordable and Market-Rate Housing Costs

There is a great deal of talk these days about the housing affordability crisis, but San Diego leaders are working to implement a new plan to address it for both affordable and market-rate housing. The League’s Housing, Community and Economic Development Policy Committee received an overview of the plan recently from Richard Gentry, president and CEO of the San Diego Housing Commission (SDHC). Entitled “Addressing the Housing Affordability Crisis in San Diego,” it presents an 11-step action plan of primarily local actions that if implemented could reduce the cost of affordable housing construction by an estimated $36,000 to $174,000 per unit and reduce market-rate housing costs by $23,000 to $51,000 per unit.

League Policy, Affordable Housing

U.S. Communities Holding Summit on April 28 in Fresno to Educate Local Government Agency Officials on Program’s Cost-Saving Benefits

Additional Summits to be held in Rancho Cucamonga and Dublin  

U.S. Communities, the League of California Cities® and the California State Association of Counties sponsored government purchasing alliance, on April 28 in Fresno, is hosting a free regional event to learn how to save time and money through U.S. Communities program.

Financial Solutions for CA Cities, Meetings and Events

Bills Regulating Use of Body Cameras Advancing; League Engages to Ensure Balance between Local Control, Transparency and the Public’s Right to Know

Body cameras were a major topic in two legislative policy committee hearings this week in Sacramento with the League monitoring both closely before the board of directors adopts official positions at its upcoming meeting on April 27. This technology, which being utilized by many law enforcement agencies throughout the country and in California, can serve to both protect the public and peace officers. The two bills, AB 2611 (Low) and AB 1957 (Quirk), address various aspects of how body camera recordings are used and under what circumstances those recordings may be release to the public. 

Open Government, Public Safety, Assembly, Senate, Legislation

2017 City Managers Department Meeting Call for Proposals Now Open

Deadline to Submit Ideas is June 6

The League of California Cities® is now taking submissions for session proposals and speakers for the 2017 City Managers Department meeting which will be held Feb. 8-10 at the Hyatt Regency in Monterey. The call for proposals offers a chance to share best practices, innovative approaches, as well as research and information with managers at their largest annual gathering in California. 

City Managers, Meetings and Events, Action Item

California City Solutions: Gilroy’s Task Force Steers Youth Away from Gangs

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 Gilroy’s South County Youth Task Force was submitted in 2015 for the CCS Partnership Intergovernmental Collaboration award category.

CA City Solutions, Helen Putnam, Public Safety
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