Jan. 23, 2015

Issue #7

Editor's Note

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Significant Changes Made to Ballot Initiative Process

Reforming the state’s initiative process has long been a hot discussion topic in Sacramento. SB 1253, authored by former Senate Pro Tem Darrell Steinberg (D-Sacramento) and signed into law by Gov. Jerry Brown in September 2014, enacts several changes to the system. These changes include increased transparency of ballot measure campaign contributions, increased access and more voter-friendly explanations of ballot measures, legislative review modifications, and an avenue to identify flaws or errors in proposed initiative language.


Registration Opens for Affordable Housing and Sustainable Communities Workshops

The Strategic Growth Council (SGC) has opened registration for six workshops for cities interested in competing for $120 million in Cap-and-Trade funding through the Affordable Housing and Sustainable Communities (AHSC) program.

Environmental Quality, Greenhouse Gases, Cap and Trade

List Identifies Disadvantaged Communities

CalEPA has produced a list of “disadvantaged communities” based upon the tool known as CalEnviroScreen.

Environmental Quality, Cap and Trade, Cal Enviro Screen

Department of Justice Federal Grant Opportunities

The U.S. Department of Justice has announced two grant opportunities open to local governments. The grants provide funding for a law enforcement body-worn camera system demonstration program and programs addressing sexual assault prevention and related crimes in rural areas.

Federal, Grants and Funding

California City Solutions: Consolidation of Corte Madera, Larkspur, and San Anselmo Police Departments Improves Service, Lowers Crime

This story is part of an ongoing series featuring Helen Putnam Award entries. The 2014 entries are available on the League’s website as a resource for cities in a searchable database called California City Solutions. The Formation of the Central Marin Police Authority project was submitted in 2014 for the CCS Partnership Intergovernmental Collaboration award category.

CA City Solutions, Helen Putnam, Public Safety

California Cities Recognized for Let’s Move! Achievements

The National League of Cities recently recognized top achievers among the 460 communities nationwide participating in Let's Move! Cities, Towns and Counties (LMCTC). Three California cities were among the 23 nationwide that have completed all five of the initiative’s goals: Fontana, Palm Springs and Rancho Cucamonga.

NLC, Community Services

More Session Sneak Peeks for the 2015 Planning Commissioners Academy

There are several benefits of attending this year’s Planning Commissioners Academy, but most important are the educational sessions. This year’s Planning Commissioners Academy will be held from Wednesday, March 4 to Friday, March 6 at the Fairmont Newport Beach. Plan now to attend and note the sessions you won’t want to miss.

Meetings and Events, Planning and Community Development

Newly Highlighted Sessions for the 2015 Public Works Officers Institute

Don’t miss out on this year’s Public Works Officers Institute being held from Wednesday, March 25 to Friday, March 27 at the Hyatt Regency Newport Beach. The conference includes fundamental educational sessions, an exciting mini expo, and several relevant breakout sessions designed to increase your public works area knowledge and skill set.

Meetings and Events, Public Works Officers

Register for the Feb. 27 Municipal Law Institute’s Symposium

The 2015 Municipal Law Institute Symposium will be held on Feb. 27 and presented by the Municipal Law Institute of the League of California Cities® and the Chapman University Dale E. Fowler School of Law. This symposium is approved for five and a half hours of MCLE credits.

Meetings and Events, Legal Updates
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