March 1, 2013
Issue #25

Editor's Note

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Congress Fails to Avert Sequestration, Across the Board Cuts Move Forward

Today, massive across the board spending cuts totaling $85 billion, known as sequestration, went into effect.

Key words: Federal, Revenue and Taxation, Municiple Finance


Moody’s Investors Service to Review Downgraded Tax Allocation Bonds, Possibly Rescind Ratings

On Thursday, Moody’s Investors Service announced that for the next 90 days it will review its 2012 downgrade decisions for tax allocation bonds and possibly rescind the ratings due to insufficient information.

Key words: Revenue and Taxation, Economic Development, Redevelopment, Redevelopment Bonds


Board of Equalization Approves Fuel Tax Swap Increase

The Board of Equalization (BOE) has approved an increase on the excise tax rate on motor vehicle fuel from 36 cents per gallon to 39.5 cents per gallon. The sales and use tax on diesel fuel will remain the same.

Key words: Revenue and Taxation, Transportation


League Submits Comments on CalEPA’s Environmental Health Screening Tool, Final Version to Be Released in March

For many months, the League has been actively involved in a number of meetings regarding the development of the California Environmental Protection Agency’s (CalEPA) new environmental health screening tool, CalEnviroScreen. After two publicly reviewed drafts the tool is expected to be released in late March.

Key words: Environmental Quality, CEQA, Land Use


Registration Open for Legislative Action Day and Preview Webinar

The League has opened registration for its 2013 Legislative Action Day Preview Webinar and Annual Legislative Action Day & Reception.

Key words: Meetings and Events, Legislation


2013 City Managers' Department Meeting Podcasts Available Now

If you missed the 2013 City Managers' Department Meeting, you missed a great meeting!  However, due to the generous support of City Managers’ Department sponsors, the League was able to record several of the breakout sessions which are now available on the League’s website.

Key words: City Managers, Meetings and Events


Neglecting Annexation and Incorporation Won’t Serve State’s Growth Goals

The March issue of Western City magazine examines the impact of the state’s de facto state approach to cities, which appears to be one of neglect.

Key words: Western City, Land Use

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