Nov. 9, 2017
Issue #79

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Wireless Industry Aims to Limit Local Control over Wireless Facilities, After Efforts in California Defeated by the League

The wireless industry is circulating a draft bill in the U.S. Senate Commerce Committee that would force local governments to lease out publicly owned infrastructure, eliminate reasonable local environmental and design review, and eliminate the ability for local governments to negotiate fair leases or public benefits for the installation of “small cell” wireless equipment on taxpayer-funded property.

Telecommunications, Federal, Action Item

2017 Legislative New Laws Briefing Webinar Available on Nov. 16

The League of California Cities® will host its 2017 Legislative New Laws Briefing webinar on Thursday, Nov. 16 from 1:30–3 p.m. League lobbyists will discuss the developments from the first year of the 2017–18 legislative session. In this briefing, they will cover new laws affecting transportation, housing and land use, marijuana regulation, employee relations, and several other important legislative developments for state and local governments.

Legislation, Meetings and Events

New Mayors & Council Members Academy Registration Now Open

The League of California Cities® has opened registration for its 2018 New Mayors and Council Members Academy, scheduled for Jan. 17–19 at the Hyatt Regency in Sacramento. Don’t miss the chance to register early and secure your spot for this important event. 

Mayors and Council Members, Meetings and Events

Registration Closes Nov. 14 for Two League Conferences

The League of California Cities® will be closing registration next week for two of its conferences: the 2017 City Clerks New Law & Elections Seminar scheduled for Dec. 13–15 and the 2017 Municipal Finance Institute scheduled for Dec. 13–14. Both conferences will be held at the Newport Beach Marriott Hotel. Visit the League website and register for one of these conferences by Nov. 14.

Meetings and Events, City Clerks, Fiscal Officers

State Treasurer Releases Findings of Cannabis Banking Working Group

State Treasurer John Chiang held a press conference on Nov. 7 to discuss a report issued by his office’s Cannabis Banking Working Group (CBWG).

Marijuana Regulation, Public Safety

Application Deadline to Participate in New Local Government Drone Pilot Program is Nov. 28

The U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) and Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) on Nov. 2 launched a three-year Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS, or drone) Integration Pilot Program. Designed to test innovative small UAS operations safely, in partnership with state, local and tribal jurisdictions, the program will generate data for future UAS policy and rulemaking. The program’s timeline is aggressive and applicants must submit their interest in participating by Nov. 28, 2017.

Drones, Public Safety

New Cleaning Supplies Contract Available to Cities Through League-Sponsored U.S. Communities Program

U.S. Communities, the League-sponsored government purchasing alliance, is excited to announce the new U.S. Communities contract for cleaning supplies, equipment and custodial related products, services and solutions was awarded to SupplyWorks. Two free informational webinars will be offered on Nov. 14 and 15.

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