May 19, 2016
Issue #40

Editor's Note

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Fix Our Roads Coalition Unveils Bipartisan Transportation Funding Solution

League President and Rancho Cucamonga Mayor Dennis Michael spoke today as part of a rally that brought hundreds of local elected officials, labor and business representatives to Sacramento to demand a transportation reform and funding package. Held on the South Steps of the Capitol, the Fix Our Roads event served as an opportunity for coalition members to outline the details of a Roadmap to Consensus, a new plan that contains the best policies from Democratic, Republican and Gov. Jerry Brown’s proposals to fix California’s state and local road system.

Legislation, Revenue & Taxation, State Budget, Infrastructure, Transportation

Drone Fight Heats Up

The drone industry is still out to pre-empt local ordinances via pending state legislation. The industry continues to uniformly oppose SB 868 (Jackson), a League-supported measure and the only bill regulating drones that expressly protects local ordinances. SB 868 brings California into conformity with the existing few meaningful federal regulations governing recreational drones. Under this measure, drone flights would be prohibited above 400 feet, flights within 5 miles of airports, and any interference with manned aircraft.

Legislation, Public Safety, Drones

California City Solutions: Yountville Expands Recycled Wastewater Program

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 town of Yountville’s Recycled Water Program was submitted in 2015 for the Public Works, Infrastructure, and Transportation award category.

Environmental Quality, Water, League Partners, CA City Solutions, Helen Putnam

League-Sponsored Bond Agency Issues $51.9 Million in Tax-Exempt Bonds for Children’s Hospital in San Diego

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 recently issued a total of $51,960,000 in tax-exempt bonds for Rady Children’s Hospital in San Diego.

Financial Solutions for California Cities

May 27 STORMS Seminar to Address Using Deep Infiltration and Drywells for Groundwater Recharge

The State Water Resources Control Board (SWRCB) will offer a seminar on using deep infiltration and drywells for groundwater recharge on May 27 as part of its Strategy to Optimize Resources Management of Storm Water (STORMS). Scheduled for 2 p.m., the event will also be webcast.

Environmental Quality, Water

Tech Grants for Cities – Deadline July 15

Cities can apply for funds to support tech projects or equipment purchase through the CRT Settlement Fund. As a result of a computer industry lawsuit settled by the California Attorney General, about $2.27 million in one-time funds will be awarded to both public and nonprofit agencies, with grants ranging from around $30,000 to $86,000, and one to two years in duration. Grant process will be administered by Harry M. Snyder, consumer attorney, Cy Pres Funds, with final grant approvals by the California Department of Justice.


Session Proposals are being Accepted Now for 2017 City Managers Department Meeting and Public Works Officers Institute

The League of California Cities® is soliciting session proposals and speakers for two upcoming conferences. This is a chance to share best practices, innovative approaches, as well as research and information with these groups. Do not miss this opportunity to help design a stimulating, thought provoking conference for these two groups.

Meetings and Events

Creative Workforce Contributes $374 Billion and Rising to California’s Gross Product

The results of the 2015 Otis Report on the Creative Economy of California were unveiled on May 11 in a hearing of the Legislative Joint Committee on the Arts. Now in its third year, the Otis Report on the Creative Economy of California features an expansion highlighting local creative industries via eight regional snapshots, developed with support from the California Arts Council. The regions include: Bay Area, Capital Region, Central Coast, Inland Empire, Central Valley, San Diego- Imperial Valley, Los Angeles-Orange County, and Upstate California.

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