Aug. 14, 2014

Issue #67

Editor's Note

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Trimmed Down Water Bond Receives Unprecedented Bipartisan Support; Now Heads to Voters in November as Proposition 1

Bond’s Provisions Consistent with League Priorities

Gov. Jerry Brown last night signed a historic water bond that passed earlier in the evening with bipartisan support in both the Senate and Assembly. The fate of the $7.5 billion bond now rests in the hands of the California voters who will head to the polls on Nov. 4. Thursday night’s vote and signature is the culmination of years of negotiations that began under Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger when the bond was first put on the ballot in 2009 with a proposed $11.1 billion in debt. Moved twice since then, the current bond’s prospects appear to be brighter thanks to its smaller amount and rising concern over California’s drought.

Environmental Quality, Water, Legislation

Cap-and-Trade Workshop in Oakland Date Changed to Sept. 3

Cities planning to participate in the Cap-and-Trade Workshop in Oakland should note that the event has been moved from Aug. 20 to Sept. 3. The two-hour meeting is one of three workshops being held throughout the state by the California Environmental Protection Agency and the Air Resources Board on distribution of these funds in disadvantaged communities.

Meetings and Events, Cap and Trade, Environmental Quality

Rail and Transit Program Public Workshops

The California State Transportation Agency (CalSTA) has announced a trio of regulatory and public workshops this month for two new rail and transit programs. The events will include presentations covering state law requirements and opportunities for public comment on the Transit and Intercity Rail Capital Program and the Low-Carbon Transit Operations Program. The programs — set to receive $25 million each in 2014-15 — were established as part of this year’s state budget under SB 862. Auction proceeds from the California Air Resources Board’s Cap-and-Trade Program to reduce greenhouse gas emissions are funding both.

Meetings and Events, Transportation
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