April 7, 2017
Issue #27

Editor's Note

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League of California Cities Applauds Investment in California’s State and Local Transportation System

The Senate and Assembly on Thursday night passed SB 1 (Beall), the Road Repair and Accountability Act of 2017. The $5.2 billion that will now be generated annually for California’s state and local transportation system will ensure that Californians have safe and reliable streets, roads and bridges and a solid transportation network. Both houses also passed ACA 5, which upon voter approval will ensure that revenues generated in SB 1 are spent only on their intended purpose.

Transportation, Legislation, Hot Bills

Three Weeks Remain to Apply for Two League Board of Directors Positions

Application Deadline is April 28

The League of California Cities® is now accepting nominations from elected officials interested in serving in one of six at-large board positions (two-year term), or as second vice president (one-year term). All nominees for second vice president must currently be serving or have previously served on the board of directors. Applications for second vice president from northern California are encouraged. April 28 is the deadline to apply.

Board, Action Item

Appellate Court Affirms State’s Cap-and-Trade System

California’s Third District Court of Appeal on April 6 affirmed the legality of the state’s Cap-and-Trade system. The court joined two lawsuits by the California Chamber of Commerce and Morning Star Packing Company that alleged that the California Air Resources Board (ARB) exceeded its authority by imposing the Cap-and-Trade system and that the Cap-and-Trade system itself is an illegal tax.

Legal Updates, Cap-and-Trade, Environmental Quality

Historic 5-Year California Drought is Over, Declares Gov. Brown

Executive Order by Governor Lifts State of Emergency, but Pushes for Continued Conservation

Gov. Jerry Brown on Friday morning officially announced the end of the drought state of emergency in California by issuing Executive Order B-40-17. “This drought emergency is over, but the next drought could be around the corner," said Governor Brown, "conservation must remain a way of life."

Water, Environmental Quality

Leveraging the League Health Benefits Marketplace for Medicare-Eligible Retiree Health Benefits

May 4 Webinar Focuses on Health Benefits for City Retirees Eligible for Medicare

The League of California Cities® Health Benefits Marketplace℠ will host a one-hour complimentary webinar on May 4 focusing on health benefits for your city’s Medicare-eligible retirees.

Health Benefits Marketplace, Meetings and Events

League-Sponsored Bond Agency Issues $77 Million in Tax-Exempt Bonds for Affordable Housing in Indio and Vallejo

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

BBK Offers Free Webinar on Short-Term Rentals: Burdens and Opportunities

Best Best and Krieger will offer a free one-hour webinar on April 27 on short term rentals and problems that can arise for local governments. Municipalities have tools to combat these problems. During the webinar, land use attorneys Mark Easter, Josh Nelson, Sam Emerson and Todd Leishman will provide practical regulatory and litigation solutions available to public entities for dealing with short-term vacation rentals.

Meetings and Events, Housing, Legal Updates

Enter Your City’s Innovative Solution for the City on a Cloud Innovation Challenge 2017

Amazon Web Services (AWS) is sponsoring a great opportunity for cities to be recognized for integrating innovation and technology with city governance called City on a Cloud. Cities can apply online for one of three City on a Cloud Innovation Challenge categories: Best Practices, Partners in Innovation and Dream Big. Winners will receive AWS promotional credits to start or continue their projects.

Technology, Action Item, Administrative Services
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