June 9, 2016
Issue #46

Editor's Note

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California's Local Tax and Bond Measure Results June 2016

Along with one statewide measure (Proposition 50), the Presidential Primary election in California on June 7 included over 150 local measures. Among these were 89 ballot questions proposing new revised or extended local bonds or taxes. Local schools requested a total of $6.1817 billion in school construction bond authorizations in 46 individual measures. Three cities sought a total of $442 million in bonds including a $350 million seismic safety bond in San Francisco, a library bond in Santa Cruz County and a roadway and storm drain repair measure in Orinda.

Municipal Finance, Elections, Revenue and Taxation

Federal Court of Appeals Holds Cash-in-Lieu Payments Must be Included in Regular Rate of Pay When Calculating Overtime

Cities Should Review Payroll Practices

The Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals issued a decision on Thursday, June 2, 2016, in Flores v. City of San Gabriel — a case in which former and current police officers challenged the city’s practice of excluding cash payments made in lieu of health benefits from the officers’ regular rate of pay when calculating overtime under the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA). 

Legal Update, Administrative Services

California City Solutions: Irvine Finds Winning Combination to Improve Mail Center Operations

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. Irvine’s Mail Center project was submitted in 2015 for the Internal Administration award category.

CA City Solutions, Helen Putnam, Administrative Services

League-Sponsored Bond Agency Issues $15.6 Million in Tax-Exempt Bonds for Affordable Housing Project in San Jose

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).

Financial Solutions for Cities, Affordable Housing

Register Now for the City Clerk’s Workshop Being Offered During the League’s Annual Conference

The League of California Cities® has opened registration for its 2016 Annual Conference & Expo, being held on Oct. 5–7 in Long Beach. City Clerks can also register for a workshop that specifically covers the California Public Records Act (CPRA). The workshop is being held Wednesday, Oct. 5 from 10 a.m.-2:30 p.m.

Meetings and Events, City Clerks

Showcase Your City’s Sustainability Efforts and Apply for ILG’s Beacon Program Recognition

The deadline is looming to submit an application for the Institute for Local Government’s (ILG) 2016 Beacon Program Award recognition. Cities and counties have until July 1 to submit information on energy savings, greenhouse gas reductions and sustainability best practices for a chance to win an award. Only cities participating in the program can qualify for awards. Awards will be presented at the League of California Cities’ 2016 Annual Conference and Expo being held Oct. 5-7 in Long Beach. Learn more about the program and how to apply by visiting ILG’s website.

ILG, Climate Change

A Push for Civic Education

The Annenberg Foundation recently found that only a third of all adult respondents to a national survey could name all three branches of the federal government. Of the college graduates surveyed, 10 percent thought Judge Judy is a member of the United States Supreme Court. Research studies and media editorials bemoan the decreasing lack of even fundamental civic awareness of our citizenry and how this weakens our democratic institutions.  

Federal, City Managers
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