Sept. 30, 2016
Issue #84

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Governor Brown Signs League-Supported Economic Development Measures; Vetoes Bill to Restore Funds to Recently Incorporated Cities

Earlier this week Gov. Jerry Brown took action on several bills important to cities. The good news is that he signed AB 2492 (Alejo and E. Garcia) and AB 806 (Dodd and Frazier), which strengthen local economic development tools. Regrettably, the Governor vetoed SB 817 (Roth), the latest effort to restore funding to recently incorporated cities.

Economic Development, Infrastructure Financing Districts, Municipal Finance, Legislation, Hot Bills

Voting Rights Legislative Package Aimed at Curbing Frivolous Litigation Signed by Governor

Gov. Jerry Brown on Sept. 28 signed a series of California Voting Rights Act (CVRA) measures that streamline cities’ conversion to district-based elections while simultaneously curbing a rash of serial and costly litigation. Since the enactment of CVRA, dozens of cities and additional local government entities have been sued for alleged violations.

Legislation, Hot Bills, Elections, Administrative Services

Governor Brown Signs SB 807, Granting Immunity to Cities for Damage or Destruction of Drones Interfering with Emergency Operations

SB 807 (Gaines) was signed by Gov. Jerry Brown on Sept. 29, which provides local agency first responders with immunity should they damage or destroy a drone that is interfering with their emergency operations. The bill, co-sponsored by the League of California Cities® and the California Police Chiefs Association, is the only measure on drone regulation that the Governor has signed this year. He vetoed the others.

Legislation, Hot Bills, Public Safety, Drones

Governor Upholds Local Control of Parking Regulation with AB 2586 Veto

Gov. Jerry Brown on Sept. 30 vetoed AB 2586 (Gatto), a League-opposed measure, which would have limited cities’ ability to regulate their own parking regulations.

Legislation, Hot Bills, Transportation

Governor Upholds Local Control of Taxi Regulation with AB 650 Veto

Gov. Jerry Brown on Sept. 28 vetoed AB 650 (Low), a League-opposed measure that would have limited city and county ability to impose taxicab regulations, and instead shift authority over taxi regulation to an unknown state agency. The Governor’s veto of AB 650 provides an opportunity for affected stakeholders to take a more thorough and thoughtful approach to addressing the issues facing the for-hire transportation industry.

Legislation, Hot Bills, Transportation

League of California Cities® Health Benefits Marketplace℠ Booth at Annual Conference

Be sure to stop by the League’s Health Benefits Marketplace (HBM) booth number 629 during the 2016 Annual Conference & Expo, Oct. 5-7, to discover the health care and OPEB solutions available to cities for their active employees and retirees coverage.

Meetings and Events, Health Benefits Marketplace

Submit Proposals Now for the 2017 Mayors & Council Members Executive Forum

Deadline to Submit is Oct. 31

The League of California Cities® is now accepting session proposals for the 2017 Mayors & Council Members Executive Forum taking place June 28-29 in Monterey.

Mayors and Council Members, Meetings and Events, Action Item

League Submits Comments on Final Workshop on Development of the 2030 Target Scoping Plan Update

The California Air Resources Board (ARB) concluded the comment period for the final workshop to assist with the development of the Draft 2030 Target Scoping Plan Update. The League provided comments on a wide-range of issues including local land use authority, vehicle miles traveled (VMT), and infill development. City officials are encouraged to review the Workshop Presentation, Land Use White Paper, and the Potential VMT Measures document. These documents and the final 2030 Target Scoping Plan Update could negatively impact local land use authority.

Environmental Quality, Climate Change, CalEnviro Screen, Greenhouse Gases

Clovis Council Member Harry Armstrong Retires after 46 Years in Office

Former League President and Clovis City Council Member Harry Armstrong will retire on Oct. 17 after 46 years in office. That date will be Council Member Armstrong’s last city council meeting, making him one of, if not the, longest serving elected city official in California.

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