June 23, 2017
Issue #50

Editor's Note

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Take Action: SB 649 up in Assembly Local Government Committee on June 28

Nearly 150 cities, and the League of California Cities®, remain opposed to SB 649 (as amended June 20) related to the permitting of wireless and small cell telecommunications facilities. This proposal represents a major shift in telecommunications policy and law by requiring local governments to lease out the public’s property, cap how much cities can lease this space out for, eliminate the ability for cities to negotiate public benefits, the public’s input and full discretionary review in all communities of the state except for areas in coastal zones and historic districts, for the installation of “small cell” wireless equipment.

Telecommunications, Legislation, Hot Bills, Meetings and Events, Revenue and Taxation

ACA 4 Offers Flexibility for Local Financing of Infrastructure and Affordable Housing

Letters Encouraged as the Author Seeks to Build Support

Financing the repair and upgrade of infrastructure and addressing affordable housing needs is one of the greatest challenges facing cities and counties in the coming decades. Oddly, however, such investments face more restrictive limitations than apply to similar investments by the state or schools. ACA 4 by Assembly Member Cecilia Aguiar-Curry (D-Napa) would change that by proposing to give state voters the opportunity to allow cities and counties to fund critical public infrastructure and affordable housing by the same vote threshold as local school construction: 55 percent.

Elections, Infrastructure, Housing, Legislation

Budget Bill Adds Flexibility to Community Based Transitional Housing Grant Program

Broadens Allowable Uses of Grant Funds Reflecting City Feedback

In response to feedback from cities and counties, Gov. Jerry Brown’s Administration is set to expand the allowable uses of grant funds from the Community Based Transitional Housing Program, which provides $25 million in grants for cities or counties that agree to site transitional housing connected with support services for recently released offenders. The program was established in the 2016 budget, however locals were hesitant to use the program give overly-restrictive regulations.

State Budget, Revenue and Taxation, Housing, Affordable Housing

Bills in Committee and Legislative Hearings of Interest June 26 – July 12

The Legislature approved the FY 2017–18 state budget last week and legislative hearings are continuing in full swing. A few of the League’s key measures will be heard in committees this week including, AB 1408 on public safety, SB 182 on transportation network companies, AB 1479 on public records custodians, SB 649 on wireless telecommunications facilities, and housing bills SB 35 and SB 540.

Hot Bills, Legislation, Meetings and Events, Legislative Hearings

President Mounce Appoints Members of Coastal Cities Issues Group Leadership Committee

Members Represent Each of State’s Six Coastal Commission Regions

The League’s Coastal Cities Issues Group Leadership Committee is now complete with the appointment of its six members. League President and Lodi City Council Member JoAnne Mounce’s appointments this month follow her appointment of Santa Barbara Mayor Helene Schneider as chair in February. The six members represent the six coastal regions defined by the California Coastal Commission.

Coastal Cities, Environmental Quality, Board

League-Sponsored Bond Agency Issues $53 Million in Tax-Exempt Loan for School in San Francisco

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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