Aug. 18, 2017
Issue #61

Editor's Note

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Updated Priority Bill List

The following list reflects the current standing of bills for which the League has a position heading into the final month of the session.

Legislation, Hot Bills, Assembly, Senate

Bills in Committee Aug. 21 – 28

Monday marks the start of the final four weeks of the 2017 legislative session when legislators return from their month-long summer recess. The Capitol will be buzzing with activity to finish work before it adjourns on Sept. 15. Gov. Jerry Brown and legislative leaders announced before the break that housing would be one of the first issues they would address post-recess. The Legislature will also take up funding for parks and water projects.

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

Housing Legislation Tops Agenda for Final Month of 2017 Legislative Session

When the Legislature reconvenes Monday after its month-long break, it is expected to take up and pass a package of housing bills before adjourning Sept. 15. Housing is one of the League’s strategic priorities this year and advocacy efforts have focused on bills that create more incentives to build housing and funding to support affordable housing as well as opposing legislation that streamline by eliminating public input, review and discretion. Bills that are expected to comprise the final housing package would streamline housing approvals, reduce regulatory barriers and provide new funding for affordable housing.

Housing, Affordable Housing, Legislation, Hot Bills

Lawmakers Negotiate Park and Water Bond

Cities Urged to Support Per Capita Funding for City Parks

With the Legislature returning from the summer recess, negotiations continue on a bond measure to fund parks and water projects. Several measures are moving through the legislative and initiative processes that would place either a park, water, or combined bond in the June 2018 ballot. Among the key issues for cities is the question of whether the bond will include a per capita allocation for city and county park improvement grants.

Water, Environmental Quality, Ballot Measure

League-Sponsored Bond Agency Issues $162.5 Million in Tax-Exempt Bonds for Student Housing in Irvine and New Markets Tax Credit Financing for Affordable Food Manufacturing Facilities in Los Angeles

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) and California Statewide Communities Development Corporation (CSCDC).

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