May 12, 2017
Issue #38

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Governor Signs Legislation Restoring Funding to California’s Four Most Recently Incorporated Cities

Affected Cities are Eastvale, Wildomar, Menifee and Jurupa Valley

Jurupa Valley, one of the four cities affected when the state swept the remaining shares of the city vehicle license fee (VLF) funds, was the site of Gov. Jerry Brown’s signing ceremony this morning for SB 130 (Committee on Budget and Fiscal Review). Sen. Richard Roth (D-Riverside) and Assembly Member Sabrina Cervantes (D-Corona) championed this measure because their districts are home to California’s most recently incorporated cities that lost crucial VLF funds in 2011.

Legislation, Hot Bills, Transportation, Revenue and Taxation

Bills in Committee May 15 – 22

May 26 is the last day for fiscal policy committees to send bills to the floor and a week later is the June 2 House of Origin deadline. Expect policy committees to continue and budget hearings to begin now that Gov. Jerry Brown released his May Budget Revise.

Legislation, Hot Bills, Assembly, Senate, Meetings and Events

League Opposes Uber/Lyft Bill Restricting Application of Business Licenses to Drivers

Proposed Licensing Scheme “Is Not Cooked”

After some exploratory discussions with representatives of Uber and Lyft, sponsors of SB 182 (Bradford), the League ultimately opposed the measure. This opposition is based on recent amendments that prohibit local agencies from requiring drivers associated with transportation network companies (TNCs) to obtain a business license to operate unless it is the location where they live. On May 9, SB 182 passed the Senate Judiciary Committee, over the objections of its Chair, Sen. Hannah Beth Jackson (D-Santa Barbara), who maintained that the bill “is not cooked.” The senator is correct; it’s not. 

Legislation, Transportation, Economic Development

Assembly Bill Strengthening Cities Ability to Use Inclusionary Housing Tool for Rental Units Moves to Senate

California cities are on the front lines of the state’s housing crisis and need tools to help encourage the development of more affordable units for residents. AB 1505, a bill that clarifies and strengthens cities’ authority to use the inclusionary housing program for rental units is on its way to the Senate.

Housing, Affordable Housing, Eceonomic Development, Legislation

Senate Energy, Utilities and Communications Committee Holds Hearing on 100 Percent Clean Energy Bill

SB 100 Sets State Target for Renewable Energy to 100 Percent by 2045

Senate President pro Tem Kevin de León’s (D-Los Angeles) proposal to have California reliant on 100 percent clean energy by 2045 cleared its first policy committee hearing a week after being introduced. SB 100, according to the Senate President pro Tem, sets the most ambitious renewable energy target in the world. The committee on May 9 passed SB 100, sending it to the Senate Appropriations Committee.

Legislation, Environmental Quality, Greenhouse Gases

2018 City Managers Department Meeting Call for Proposals Open

Deadline to Submit Ideas is June 5

The League of California Cities® is taking submissions for session proposals and speakers for the 2018 City Managers Department meeting, which is scheduled for Jan. 31–Feb. 2 at the Newport Beach Marriott Hotel & Spa. The call for proposals offers a chance to share best practices, innovative approaches, as well as research and information with managers at their largest annual gathering in California.

Meetings and Events, Action Item, City Manager

League-Sponsored Bond Agency Issues $66.1 Million in Tax-Exempt Bonds for Affordable Housing in Roseville, Los Angeles and Hospital in Montebello

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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