Sept. 1, 2016
Issue #77

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Session Ends with Possibilities Still Open on Transportation

Progress Made for Cities and Local Control

Early Thursday morning the Legislature wrapped up its 2015-16 regular session concluding two years dominated by major issues such as minimum wage, climate change, health insurance organization taxes and more. For cities, engagement focused on transportation funding, medical marijuana regulation, economic development, housing affordability and homelessness. Much work was accomplished, but at the close of the session two significant issues affecting cities remain outstanding — transportation and affordable housing funding. With the continuance of the special session on transportation, conversations and negotiations will go on with possible action later in the year or early in the 2017 session. Housing affordability is also expected to remain a major issue next year. Progress was made on other issues for cities on local control.

Transportation, Housing, Affordable Housing, Legislation

End of Session Signature/Veto Webinar Helps Cities Take Action on Measures on Governor’s Desk

Now that the Legislature has adjourned the 2015-16 session, the focus shifts solely to legislation that made it to Gov. Jerry Brown’s desk. The Governor has until Friday, Sept. 30 to sign or veto the hundreds of bills awaiting his review. Bills he signs will largely go into effect on Jan. 1, 2017. Cities are invited to participate in the League’s Sept. 7 end of session webinar where the organization’s advocacy team will brief members on the priority bills for cities.

Hot Bills, Legislation, Meetings and Events

League-Sponsored Bond Agency Issues $12.7 Million in Tax-Exempt Bonds for The Culinary Institute of America in St. Helena and Napa

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).

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