July 18, 2014

Issue #59

Editor's Note

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New State Water Board Regulations Aimed at Water-Wasters

Gov. Jerry Brown declared a drought State of Emergency in January calling on Californians to reduce their water use by 20 percent. In addition, the Governor directed various state agencies, local water suppliers and local governments to begin implementing water conservation strategies and contingency plans in order to prepare for anticipated water shortages. As drought conditions worsened, the Governor issued an Executive Order in April calling on the State Water Resources Control Board (SWRCB) to “adopt and implement emergency regulations pursuant to Water Code section 1058.5, as it deems necessary to prevent the waste, unreasonable use, unreasonable method of use, or unreasonable method of diversion of water, to promote water recycling or water conservation, and to require curtailment of diversions when water is not available under the diverter's priority of right.”

Water, Environmental Quality

Cities Encouraged to Take Action on 2014 Annual Conference Resolution

As part of the League’s Annual Conference & Expo members will consider action on one resolution that was submitted regarding illegal marijuana grow sites. Specifically, the resolution calls upon Gov. Jerry Brown and the Legislature to convene a summit addressing the environmental and public safety impacts illegal marijuana grow sites have on local communities. The resolution is scheduled to be heard by the Environmental Quality and Public Safety policy committees prior to the General Resolutions Committee and General Assembly.

League Policy, Meetings and Events

Federal Update: House Acts on Highway Trust Fund and Internet Tax Freedom Act; Senate Introduces Combined Internet Tax Freedom Extension and Marketplace Fairness Act

The Highway Trust Fund (HTF) and Marketplace and Internet Tax Fairness Act (MITFA) are two of the latest federal legislative updates. The Highway Trust Fund (HTF) and Marketplace and Internet Tax Fairness Act (MITFA) are two of the latest federal legislative updates.

Federal, Transportation, Technology

Human Resources and Fire Chief Tracks Offered at the League of California Cities Annual Conference

The League’s 2014 Annual Conference & Expo, Sept. 3-5, in Los Angeles will feature both a Human Resources track as well as a Fire Chiefs track. Be sure to share this information with attendees from your city that can benefit from the following focused sessions.

Meetings and Events, Fire Chiefs, Personnel and Employee Relations

2014 Cities for Workforce Health Program Grants Available

Applications Due by Aug. 7

The League of California Cites’ League Partner program invites members to apply for the 2014 Cities for Workforce Health program grants. Cities that apply will be eligible to be selected for Cities for Workforce Health program grants from the League Partner program. Grant recipients will receive one-on-one consultation from workforce health consultants from Kaiser Permanente and Keenan as well as a $5,000 credit to use towards Kaiser Permanente HealthWorks programs and products.

League Partners, Cities for Workforce Health, Grants and Funding

California City Solutions: Richmond Creates Model to Reduce Gun Violence through Cooperative Participation

This story is part of an ongoing series 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. Richmond’s Office of Neighborhood Safety was submitted in 2013 for the Public Safety award category.

Helen Putnam, CA City Solutions
1400 K Street ■ Sacramento, CA 95814 ■ (916) 658-8200
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