March 10, 2017
Issue #17

Editor's Note

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SB 1 Passes out of Senate Government and Finance Committee

Next Hearing in is the Senate Appropriations Committee

Sen. Jim Beall’s (D-San Jose) SB 1 cleared another hurdle on March 8, passing out of its third of three policy committees. The measure generates an additional $6 billion annually for California’s local and state transportation network and is supported by the Fix Our Roads Coalition, of which the League is a founding member.

Legislation, Hot Bills, Meetings and Events, Legislative Hearings, Transportation, Public Works

League Supports SB 711 (Hill), Local-State Sustainable Investment Incentive Program

Cities Encouraged to Support Measure Focused on Addressing Local Financing Gaps for TOD, Affordable Housing and Facilities within a Disadvantaged Community

Despite all the state’s focus on infill development and greenhouse gas reduction, the sobering reality is that — absent sufficient resources to address financing gaps — many desirable projects fail to pencil-out. Such missed opportunities will frustrate the state’s efforts to achieve its greenhouse gas reduction goals. 

Legislation, Housing, Affordable Housing, Infrastructure Financing Districts, Economic Development

Bills in Committee and Legislative Hearings of Interest March 13 – 22

Legislative committee hearings are continuing and many bills are moving through committees. The League is in the beginning phase of creating its legislative bills of interest to cities, which will be published once available.

Legislative Hearings, Meetings and Events, Legislation

League Coastal Cities Issues Group Gears Up for 2017 with Appointment of a New Chair

League President JoAnne Mounce has appointed Santa Barbara Mayor Helene Schneider as chair of the organization’s Coastal Cities Issue Group. The appointment of Mayor Schneider as chair will begin the group’s work for 2017 and comes just weeks after the California Coastal Commission selected Jack Ainsworth as its new executive director. Mayor Schneider is the third chair of the group.

Board, League Policy, Environmental Quality

Webinar Scheduled for March 21 on Employment Considerations of Proposition 64 — Adult Use of Marijuana Act 

Register by Thursday, March 16

The League of California Cities®’ Personnel and Employee Relations Department is hosting a webinar to inform cities of the employment challenges of Proposition 64. Scheduled March 21 from 2–3 p.m., the webinar is free for League members and League partners. Non-member cities may register for $100.

Meetings and Events, Public Safety, Marijuana Regulation

New Market Tax Credit – Fostering Investment in Low-Income Neighborhoods

The California Statewide Communities Development Authority (CSCDA) is currently soliciting potential pipeline projects in connection with its 2017 application for New Markets Tax Credits. Through the California Statewide Communities Development Corporation, CSCDA’s subsidiary Community Development Entity, CSCDA has successfully received three awards totaling $143 million in New Markets Tax Credit (NMTC) allocation and has successfully deployed this valuable subsidy into communities in need throughout the state. CSCDA looks forward to continuing to provide a critically important funding gap to quality eligible projects throughout California next year.

Financial Solutions for CA Cities, Economic Development

League-Sponsored Bond Agency Issues $161.6 Million in Tax-Exempt Bonds for Affordable Housing in Newport Beach

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

California City Solutions: Fort Bragg Converts Old Mill Site into Beautiful Coastal Park and Trail

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 Fort Bragg Coastal Restoration & Trail Project was submitted in 2016 for the Planning and Environmental Quality award category.

CA Cities Advocate, Helen Putnam, Environmental Quality, Economic Development
1400 K Street ■ Sacramento, CA 95814 ■ (916) 658-8200
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