June 22, 2012
Issue #65

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Final Budget Agreement Announced, Votes Expected Tuesday

Got Transparency?

Legislative Democrats and Gov. Jerry Brown announced Thursday that they had reached agreement on the final details of the budget, which will be included in more than 20 trailer bills that are still not in print. According to the Sacramento Bee, budget hearings are expected on Monday, with floor votes on Tuesday.

Key words: Action Item, Revenue and Taxation, State Budget, Economic Development, Redevelopment


Sidewalk Bill Moving Again

Author Commits to Amendments but Doesn’t Address City Concerns

As currently in print, AB 2231 would require voter approval before cities and counties could repeal an existing ordinance that states that the jurisdiction would take responsibility for sidewalk repair. The bill is expected to move quickly, and cities are encouraged to submit updated oppose letters as soon as possible.

Key words: Legislation, Hot Bills, Public Works


Letters Needed on Newest Hot Bill AB 904

Scheduled for Hearing on July 3 in Senate Governance and Finance Committee

On June 12, Assembly Member Nancy Skinner (D-Berkeley) gutted and amended AB 904 to revive last year’s parking bill, AB 710 (Skinner), which was strongly opposed by the League. AB 904 is currently scheduled to be heard in the Senate Governance and Finance Committee on July 3 at 1:30 p.m. City opposition was instrumental in last year’s defeat of AB 710 on the floor. City officials are strongly encouraged to send opposition letters immediately for AB 904.

Key words: Action Item, Transportation, Economic Development, Affordable Housing, Legislation, Hot Bill


Open Data Standard vs. Transparency – What Does SB 1002 Really Do?

The League is opposed to SB 1002 unless amended because it would impose new duties and costs on public agencies at a time when they can ill afford them, under the guise of promoting greater government transparency.

Key words: Administrative Services, Legislation, Open Government, Technology


2012 Annual Conference Resolutions Due by July 7

Policy development is an integral part of the League’s Annual Conference & Expo. Annual Conference Resolutions may be introduced by individual city officials or cities, League departments, divisions, policy committees, the board of directors, or by petition. Resolutions to be considered at the 2012 Annual Conference must be received no later than midnight on Saturday, July 7.

Key words: Meetings and Events, League Policy


Conference Committee Working Through Weekend on Federal Transportation Reauthorization

In anticipation of the expiration of the current extension of the Federal Transportation Authorization on June 30, negotiations on a new, long-term authorization went into overdrive this week.

Key words: Federal, Transportation 


City of Lancaster Honored with Prestigious Energy Globe Award

Energy Globe recognized the city of Lancaster on June 5 for its many alternative energy projects with its Energy Globe Award for the United States. The city of Lancaster’s submission, “Leading the Way in Public and Private Partnership for the Development of Alternative Energy Projects”, was among 800 projects submitted from 105 countries.

Key words: Desert Mountain 


CSCDA Program Supports Low-Income Communities

The California Statewide Communities Development Authority (CSCDA) works to facilitate investment in low-income communities through the use of New Markets Tax Credits (NMTC).

Key words: Revenue and Taxation, Municipal Finance, Grants and Funding


Using Technology to Increase Transparency, Website Checklist for Local Agencies

This month is the technology themed issue of Western City magazine. Check out these great articles about website best practices.

Key words: Western City, Technology


ILG Launches Sustainable Communities Network LinkedIn Group

The Sustainable Communities Learning Network, an initiative of the Institute for Local Government (ILG), now includes a LinkedIn group to help local sustainability practitioners connect throughout California.

Key words: Institute for Local Government, Social Media


NLC Releases New Municipal Action Guides on Infrastructure, Housing and Community Development

The National League of Cities recently announced the release of two new Municipal Action Guides from its Center for Research & Innovation.

Key words: NLC, Transportation, Housing

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