March 19, 2014

Issue #21

Editor's Note

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League Executive Board Members Advocate for California City Priorities During 2014 NLC City Congressional Conference

More than 1,500 city officials from across the nation met in Washington, D.C. last week for the 2014 National League of Cities (NLC) Congressional City Conference. During the conference, League representatives met with several members of the California congressional delegation and advocated in support of League and NLC federal priorities. In addition, the conference provided the opportunity for California League members to meet and learn about federal, state and local issues facing their counterparts from other states. 

Meetings and Events, NLC, Federal

Sustainable Energy Bond Program Helps Cities Reduce Energy and Water Costs without Upfront Capital

The California Statewide Communities Development Authority (CSCDA) and the Foundation for Renewable Energy and Environment are teaming together to provide public agencies and nonprofit organizations throughout California access to tax exempt financing for sustainable energy investments.

Public Contracting, Environmental Quality

Ask Your Representative to Sign the Bi-Partisan Letter to Support CDBG in Fiscal Year 2015

Please ask your member of Congress  to sign the bi-partisan “Dear Colleague” letter to fund Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) at $3.3 billion in FY 2015. Friday, March 28 is the deadline for House members to sign the letter.

Economic Development, Action Item, Federal

Workforce Health Initiative Webinar Scheduled for March 20

For the second year, Kaiser Permanente, the Healthy Eating Active Living Cities Campaign (HEAL) and Keenan & Associates are offering a workforce health initiative to support League cities in improving employee wellness.

Cities for Workforce Health, Meetings and Events

State Drinking Water Regulations on Hexavalent Chromium (Chromium 6) Expected This Spring

Regulation Expected to be Costly for California Communities and Affected Residents

The California Department of Public Health (CDPH) issued a draft Maximum Contaminant Level (MCL) for Chromium VI (hexavalent chromium) for drinking water in August 2013. The agency released this draft after working on the issue for more than a year.


Get Involved! Participate in the Mayors Day of Recognition for National Service

There’s still time to participate in the Mayors Day of Recognition for National Service, being held on Tuesday, April 1. This initiative is led by the Corporation for National and Community Service; Cities of Service; National League of Cities; and Mesa, AZ, Mayor Scott Smith, president of the U.S. Conference of Mayors. The goal is to highlight the impact of AmeriCorps, Senior Corps and other national service programs in tackling local problems and to thank national service members for their commitment.

Mayors and Council Members, Meetings and Events

Funding the Transportation System of Your Community’s Future Webinar Scheduled for March 26

Anticipated population growth in metropolitan centers is driving communities to think about how to fund transportation systems needed to meet current demands and future needs at the same time. But challenges can arise with budgetary shortfalls, competing local priorities, and the need to plan for both economically and environmentally sustainable places to live and work.

Meetings and Events, NLC, Transportation
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