March 16, 2017
Issue #19

Editor's Note

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Senator Roth Continues Efforts to Secure Equitable Financing for Recently Incorporated Cities

SB 37 Passes Out of Senate Governance and Finance Committee, Moves to Appropriations

California cities appreciate Sen. Richard Roth (D-Riverside) for his undaunted efforts to right a wrong. Despite having previous bills rejected by Gov. Jerry Brown, he is back again this year with SB 37, which restores funding stability to four recently incorporated cities — Eastvale, Wildomar, Menifee and Jurupa Valley. These cities have experienced severe financial hardship since 2011 when the state swept all remaining shares of city vehicle license fee (VLF) revenues. The League commends the Senator for his tenacity and leadership on this effort. The Senate Governance and Finance Committee on March 15 passed SB 37 7-0, sending it to the Senate Appropriations Committee. 

Revenue and Taxation

Senate Republicans Select Senator Bates to Succeed Senate Republican Leader Fuller

Leadership Transition Scheduled for April 12

Senate Republican Leader Jean Fuller (R-Bakersfield) will step down from her role on April 12. Senate Republicans on March 14 elected Sen. Patricia “Pat” Bates (R-Laguna Niguel) as Sen. Fuller’s replacement. Sen. Fuller, who has served as Republican leader since September 2015, terms out of office in 2018. Elected to the Senate in 2014, Sen. Bates will not term out of office until 2022.


California Air Resources Board Extends 2030 Target Scoping Plan Update Comment Period

The California Air Resources Board (ARB) has extended the comment period for the draft 2030 Scoping Plan. ARB will be soliciting comments from stakeholders, including local governments, until April 1. Comments may be submitted electronically on ARB’s website. The ARB board will meet June 22 – 23 to consider Scoping Plan implementation. 

Enviromental Quality, Cap-and-Trade

League-Sponsored Bond Agency Issues $30.4 Million in Tax-Exempt Bonds for Affordable Housing in La Habra and Buena Park

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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