Aug. 1, 2014

Issue #63

Editor's Note

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Legislature Returns from Summer Recess; Upcoming Legislative Deadlines

On Monday, legislative business resumes as legislators return after the summer recess to conclude the 2013-14 Legislative Session. Hundreds of bills, including several League priority and hot bills, require action before the Legislature adjourns on Aug. 31. Bills passed by the Legislature go to Gov. Jerry Brown for his signature or veto.

Legislation, Assembly, Senate

Supreme Court Grants Review of San Diego Case Seeking Transient Occupancy Tax From Major Online Travel Companies

The California Supreme Court this week granted review of City of San Diego v. Priceline.Com, Inc., et al. (In Re Transient Occupancy Tax Cases). The issue in the case is whether the city of San Diego may impose transient occupancy tax (TOT) on online travel companies (OTCs) for their online booking sales of hotel rooms located in San Diego. The OTCs named in the case include Priceline.Com, Travelweb, Expedia, Hotwire, Orbitz, Trip Network (, Internetwork Publishing ( LowestFare.Com, Travelnow.Com, Hotels.Com, Travelocity.Com and Site59.Com.

Legal Updates, Revenue and Taxation

Federal Update: Congress Approves Temporary Transportation Funding Extension

On Thursday, Congress approved a temporary transportation funding extension providing $11 billion to the Highway Trust Fund (HTF) for highways, streets and roads, bridges and mass transit projects. The version approved now goes to President Barack Obama and reflects the proposal approved by the U.S. House of Representatives early in July. 

Federal, Transportation

Bills in Committee: Aug. 4-8

Legislative fiscal committees will begin holding final hearings for the 2013-14 session beginning Monday, Aug. 4. The following is a list of League priority and hot bills scheduled to be heard as the Legislature prepares to meet the Aug. 15 fiscal committee deadline.   

Legislation, Hot Bills, Assembly, Senate

League Annual Conference Update: New Current Event Session Added on Drought

The drought emergency is affecting every city in California. The League of California Cities Annual Conference & Expo works to address issues that are current and relevant to attendees, and the drought crisis is no exception.

Meetings and Events

California City Solutions: San José Enriches Art-Based Small Businesses with Creative Entrepreneur Program

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. San José’s Creative Entrepreneur Program was submitted in 2013 for the Economic Development through the Arts award category.

CA City Solutions, Helen Putnam, Arts, Economic Development
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