March 14, 2014

Issue #20

Editor's Note

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California City Solutions: Agoura Hills Partners with School District to Offer Water Quality Outdoor Education Program

This story is the first in an ongoing series of stories featuring Helen Putnam Award entries. These entries are also now available on the League’s website as a resource for cities in a searchable database called California City Solutions. Agoura Hills’ Water Quality Outdoor Education Program was submitted in 2013 for the CCS Partnership Intergovernmental Collaboration award category.
With water quality a top concern for the city for Agoura Hills, the city decided to create a youth education program about how life choices affect the environment. Previously the city collaborated on a number of water quality projects as a member of the Malibu Creek Watershed, but none targeted students. The challenge was to develop a program that would teach students objectives focused on water quality, watershed awareness, and stream ecology.

CA Cities Solutions

Legislative Action Day Registration Now Open

One-Day Event Will Be Held Wednesday, April 23

The League’s annual Legislative Action Day is scheduled for Wednesday, April 23 in Sacramento. Previously two days, this event has been consolidated into a single day to make participation more affordable to all cities. This is a free conference for League member cities and partners.

Legislation, Meetings and Events

Legislative Action Day Preview: Briefing on Priority Bills

Free Webinar for Members on April 10

Join the League’s Legislative team for a legislative briefing to review the top priority bills that will impact local governments. League lobbyists will be sharing information on legislation affecting redevelopment agency dissolution follow-up, land use, employee relations, public safety and local control. This free, members-only webinar  will be held Thursday, April 10 from 1:30–3:00 p.m.

Legislation, Meetings and Events

City Managers Ron Bates and John Shirey to Receive 2014 National Public Service Award 

Two California city managers, Ronald Bates of Pico Rivera and John Shirey of Sacramento, have been selected as the recipients of the 2014 National Public Service Award (NPSA). Each recipient has dedicated more than three decades to public service. The awardees will be honored March 17 at the American Society for Public Administration (ASPA) National Conference in Washington, D.C.

City Managers, Board

New Federal Grant Opportunities Available for Cities

U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development and the U.S. Department of Justice are offering several grant opportunities of interest to cities and local governments. The League encourages cities to review the opportunities listed and apply for these beneficial funds.

Grants and Funding, Federal

OPR Announces Local Government Drought Toolkit

The article was originally published on March 11 by the Association of California Water Agencies.
The Governor’s Office of Planning and Research (OPR) has created a new toolkit for local governments that provides guidance for coordinating on drought response and meeting the governor’s call for a 20 percent reduction in water use.

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