Dec. 16, 2016
Issue #101

Editor's Note

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$6 Billion Transportation Funding Proposals Introduced

Includes $2.2 Billion for Local Streets and Roads

As the first order of business in the new legislative session, Sen. Jim Beall (D-San Jose) and Assembly Member Jim Frazier (D-Oakley) introduced similar transportation funding proposals. The bills introduced on Dec. 5 are SB 1 and AB 1 respectively and each generates approximately $6 billion annually, with about $2.25 billion going to local streets and roads. 

Transportation, Senate, Assembly, Legislation

League-Sponsored Bond Agency Issues $6.85 Million in Tax-Exempt Bonds in Los Angeles

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 CA Cities

State Treasurer Announces New Economic Development Web Portal

The State Treasurer’s Office recently launched an online gateway for businesses to access information on state and local business development incentives. The California Business Incentives Gateway (CBIG) is the first online portal aimed at pairing businesses with economic incentives that state and local governments provide. 

Ecnomic Development

Submit 2017 Annual Conference Session Proposals before the Start of the New Year

Deadline to submit is Friday, Jan. 6

There is still time to submit a session proposal for the League of California Cities® 2017 Annual Conference & Expo, which will be held Sept. 13–15 in Sacramento. Jan. 6 is the deadline to submit session proposals.

Meetings and Events, Action Item

California City Solutions: Santa Barbara Develops One-Stop-Shop Web Portal for Small Businesses

This story is part of an ongoing series featuring Helen Putnam Award entries. The 2016 entries are available on the League’s website as a resource for cities in a searchable database called California City Solutions. The Guide to Start and Grow Your Business in Santa Barbara was submitted in 2016 for the League Partners Award for Excellence in the City-Business Relations award category.

CA City Solutions, Helen Putnam, League Partners, Economic Development

REMINDER: Call for Entries Open for Outstanding City Street Projects

Nominations due Jan. 11

The Save California Streets Coalition’s nomination period for its annual Outstanding Local Streets and Roads Awards Program is currently open. Submissions should highlight a street infrastructure project or program that has demonstrated a significant improvement in your community’s street system. The coalition comprises a number of organizations including the League of California Cities® and the California State Association of Counties. 

Action Item, Transportation, Meetings and Events, Public Works

State Water Board Releases New Sustainable Groundwater Management Act FAQ

The State Water Board released its new Sustainable Groundwater Management Act (SGMA) frequently asked questions document providing guidance on questions asked about groundwater sustainability agencies (GSAs). The 2014 SGMA requires the formation of GSAs in high- and medium-priority groundwater basins and subbasins by June 30, 2017. 


Volkswagen to Invest $1.2 Billion in California for Zero Emission Vehicle Programs

Proposal Submissions Accepted through Jan. 16, Funding Released over 10 Years

Volkswagen Group of America has entered into a partial settlement with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and the California Air Resources Board. The outcome of this settlement has established a $2 billion Zero Emission Vehicle (ZEV) investment program over the next 10 years. Volkswagen has named the program Electrify America. Proposals are due by Jan. 16 and the draft investment plan will be drafted by Feb. 22, 2017. 

Environmental Quality, Transportation
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