Aug. 18, 2016
Issue #69

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Sen. Beall and Assembly Member Frazier Announce $7.4 Billion Transportation Funding Proposal, $2.5 Billion for Local Streets and Roads

Sen. Jim Beall (D-San Jose) Assembly Member Jim Frazier (D-Oakley) announced a comprehensive transportation reform and funding proposal late yesterday. This proposal represents, for the first time, a unified effort by the Assembly and Senate Democratic Caucuses to address the $78 billion unmet funding need for local streets and roads and $56 billion backlog to the state’s transportation infrastructure. 

Infrastructure, Legislation, Public Works, Transportation

Local Government Groups, Law Enforcement Remain Opposed to Legislation that Mandates Public Employee Union Orientations during Work Hours

This week a broad coalition representing cities, counties, special districts, law enforcement and local education agencies voiced their continued opposition to AB 2835 (Cooper). This gut-and-amend measure, which is now eligible for a floor vote in the Senate, requires public agencies to provide all newly hired employees with highly prescriptive employer orientations as well as time for unions to provide an in-person 30-minute orientation. The League, and other groups’, opposition remains on this bill because it is extremely costly to local governments and poses logistical challenges that make it almost impossible to comply with and effectively deliver services to our respective constituents.

Administrative Services, Employee Relations, Legislation, Hot Bills

Sen. Beall’s $3 Billion Housing Bond Still in Play as Session Winds Down

Cities Encouraged to Support Effort to Get Bond to Governor’s Desk

It has been a long year in the Capitol for efforts to secure more affordable housing funding. Few resources remain with redevelopment eliminated and state housing bonds exhausted. The session is in its final two weeks and discussions over the Gov. Jerry Brown’s by right proposal and the attached potential $400 million budget allocation appear stalled. There is however, one measure that still remains in play, SB 879, Sen. Jim Beall’s (D-San Jose) proposed $3 billion housing bond.

Housing, Affordable Housing, Legislation, Hot Bills

Senate Releases Cap-and-Trade Spending Plan

The Senate on Aug. 17 released a comprehensive $1.2 billion Cap-and-Trade expenditure plan to fund programs and projects that reduce greenhouse gas emissions. It focuses largely on disadvantaged communities as determined by the California Communities Environmental Health Screening Tool (CalEnviroScreen).

Cap-and-Trade, Greenhouse Gases, CalEnviro, Environmental Quality, Grants and Funding

Human Resources Track at Annual Conference

The 2016 League of California Cities® Annual Conference & Expo, Oct. 5-7 at the Long Beach Convention Center will feature sessions especially for human resources professionals. Take a look at some of what’s planned for this year’s event.

Meetings and Events, Employee Relations

New Report on Cities and Drones Released by National League of Cities

Report Highlights Crucial Information Cities Need to Have When Regulating Drones

The National League of Cities (NLC) announced on Aug. 16 the release of Cities and Drones, a new report that provides cities with insight on the recently released Federal Aviation Administration rules relating to drone operation. The report also provides suggestions for how local governments can craft their own drone ordinances to encourage innovation while also protecting their cities.

NLC, Public Safety, Drones

CalRecycle Releases Rubberized Pavement Grant Program Application

The Department of Resources Recycling and Recovery (CalRecycle) has issued a Notice of Funding Availability for FY 2016-17 and released the online application for the Rubberized Pavement Grant Program. The deadline to apply for a program grant is Oct. 26.

Environmental Quality, Grants and Funding
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