May 26, 2017
Issue #41

Editor's Note

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Bills Restricting Local Control over Contracting and Small-Cell Siting Move to the Floor

SB 540 (Roth) and Other League Supported Housing Blueprint Bills Also Move

Late this week the Senate and Assembly Appropriations Committees concluded their work on hundreds of bills pending on their Suspense Files. In scripted hearings the committee chairs revealed the fates of bills in rapid-fire: they were passed, passed with amendments, or held in committee.

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

SB 540 (Roth) to Streamline and Increase Housing Production Passes Out of Key Senate Committee

Bill is part of the League of California Cities’ “Blueprint for More Housing” Legislative Package

SB 540 (Roth) passed its fourth Senate committee on Thursday, May 25 when it cleared the Senate Committee on Appropriations. The bill, which has passed with bi-partisan support in each committee, now heads to the Senate Floor. SB 540 will give local governments new tools to plan for and approve workforce housing, and create a more streamlined path by eliminating some of the delays and uncertainty that currently block housing construction.

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

Key Senate Committee Votes with the Wireless Industry to Strip Public Input, Full Local Review, and Ability for Cities to Negotiate Public Benefits for Installation of “Small Cell” Equipment on City Property

City Officials Encouraged to Call Senators Immediately to Oppose SB 649

SB 649 (Hueso) cleared the Senate Fiscal Committee on Appropriations and now heads to the Senate Floor. The bill now heads to the Senate Floor where it will be voted on next week. The League opposes this measure that strips public input, limits full discretionary review and removes the ability for cities/counties to negotiate leases for the installation of “small cell” technology on public property.

Action Item, Telecommunications, Technology, Meetings and Events, Legislation, Hot Bills

Update: 2017 Bill Status

As of May 26, 2017

The 2017 legislative year is half-way through and legislators have until Friday, June 2 to move bills out of the House of Origin. The following list reflects the current standing of bills for which the League has a position after the fiscal committee deadline.

Legislation, Hot Bills

President’s Proposed Budget Would Eliminate CDBG, HOME; Cuts Other “Safety Net” Programs

Cities Encouraged to Communicate Concerns to Congress

President Donald Trump Administration’s Fiscal Year 2018 Budget was released on Tuesday. Titled “A New Foundation for American Greatness,” the proposal states that its defining ambition is to “unleash the dreams of the American people,” with aggressive proposals aimed at balancing the federal budget, paying down the national debt, reducing taxes and regulatory burdens and reprioritizing federal spending. Increases are proposed in defense, homeland security, veteran’s assistance and to support a new six-week parental leave program to be offset by eliminating many domestic programs that assist cities and their residents.

Action Item, Federal, Revenue and Taxation, NLC

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.

Action Item, City Managers, Meetings and Events

U.S. Communities Holding Free Regional Summit on Cost-Saving Program June 7 in Santa Clara for Local Government Agency Officials

Join the League of California Cities® and the California State Association of Counties for a free regional event on Wednesday, June 7, 10:00 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at the Santa Clara Convention Center in Santa Clara to learn how public agencies can save time and money through the U.S. Communities program. 

Financial Solutions for CA Cities, Meetings and Events

Webinar — Engaging Your Community through Surveys and Polls

Local governments throughout California are applying a variety of public engagement strategies and approaches to address issues ranging from land use and budgeting to climate change and public safety. Surveys and polls are a great way to engage the public and collect ideas.

Institute for Local Government, Meetings and Events

ILG Extends Deadline for Beacon Award Applications

The Institute for Local Government extended the deadline to submit data for this year’s Beacon Spotlight Award. Applications should be submitted online by June 15 to be considered for an award in any of the five categories.

Institute for Local Government, Meetings and Events

June 1 Legislative “Half-Time” Briefing on Priority Bills

Sports fans know that the final outcome is always decided after halftime; it’s no different in the California Legislature. June is “half-time” for the Legislative Session, when all bills cross houses and the budget comes together. The Legislature returns after Memorial Day with a heavy workload of floor votes, a budget to adopt by June 15, and the task of processing “second house” bills in policy committees before Summer Recess begins on July 21. 

Meetings and Events, Legislation, Hot Bills
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