Feb. 27, 2015

Issue #18

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First Hearing on Redevelopment Dissolution Proposal Scheduled for Tuesday; Hearings of Interest March 3-April 16

City Officials Encouraged to Attend RDA Hearing in Sacramento

Bills, bill, bills. Today marks the final day legislators may introduce bills for the current legislative session. At last count, 1,071 bills have been introduced in the Assembly and 591 in the Senate; however, a handful of straggler bills are expected to emerge next week. The League is currently reviewing all legislation introduced thus far and will notify members as positions are taken and hot bills are identified.

Assembly, Senate, Legislation, Redevelopment, Legislative Hearings

Revised HUTA Estimates Following Gas Tax Reduction Now Available

The California state Board of Equalization (BOE) earlier this week approved a 6 cent per gallon reduction in the variable gas tax rate, bringing the total state gas tax rate down to 30 cents per gallon. This will be effective on July 1.

Revenue and Taxation, Transportation

League Staff Presents Local Street and Roads Needs Assessment Update

Two hearings held this week provided the League and transportation advocates the opportunity to bring attention to the deteriorating condition of the state’s local streets, roads and other vital transportation infrastructure.

Transportation, Public Works, Legislative Hearings, Assembly, Senate

California City Solutions: Novato’s Online Tool Allows Residents to Model Sample Financial Scenarios

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. Novato’s Fiscal Sustainability Plan was submitted in 2014 for the Internal Administration award category.

CA City Solutions, Helen Putnam, Municipal Finance, Administrative Services

Plastic Bag Ban Delayed After Referendum Qualifies

The Secretary of State announced this week the qualification of a referendum to overturn the recently passed statewide ban on single-use plastic bags.

Environmental Quality, Legislation

U.S. Communities Announces New Utility, Transportation and Golf Vehicles Contract Program

Informational Webinars Scheduled for March 3 and 4

U.S. Communities, the League-sponsored cooperative purchasing program, is now offering a new transportation program with Club Car and Columbia ParCar. The program covers utility, transportation, golf vehicles and related accessories equipment, parts and services. This contract delivers work vehicles that will help you improve safety, move people and transport loads while lowering your cost of ownership. Not only will agencies be able to save on the direct cost of vehicles, this contract provides a solution for agencies looking to lessen their environmental impact.

Meetings and Events, Financial Solutions for Cities

Upcoming Webinars Offered on PACE Financing through CSCDA

Register Today for Either March 4 or 25 Webinar

The California Statewide Communities Development Authority (CSCDA) established the CSCDA Open PACE Program to offer its members a turn-key PACE solution that provides residential and commercial property owners the choice among prequalified PACE financing providers. CSCDA is sponsored by the League of California Cities.

Meetings and Events, Financial Solutions for Cities

California Water Commission Invites Local Agencies to Complete Scoping Survey

Responses Due by March 11

The California Water Commission, following the passage of Proposition 1, is developing a competitive process to allocate bond funds for the public benefits of qualified water storage projects. An initial scoping survey is one of the first steps in developing its transparent Water Storage Investment Program. The survey will collect information about potential water storage projects from project proponents that may request Water Bond funding.

Water, Action Item

Air Resources Board Taking Applications for Car-Sharing Pilot Program

Applications Due by April 8

The California Air Resources Board (ARB) is now taking grant applications for its $2.5 million Targeted Car Sharing and Mobility Options in Disadvantaged Communities Pilot Project.

Environmental Quality, Cap-and-Trade, Grants and Funding

FPPC Launches Candidate Toolkit

New Tool is a One-Stop-Shop for Candidates

The California Fair Political Practices Commission (FPPC) now offers an online Candidate Toolkit. The toolkit is part of an ongoing effort to make campaign reporting requirements easier for public officials to do and the public to see and provides step-by-step instructions to prospective candidates on how to comply with various state-mandated disclosure requirements. The Candidate Toolkit condenses several manuals already available by the FPPC into a comprehensive, easy-to-use format. It also includes links to the required disclosure forms, filing deadlines, regulations and frequently asked questions to the FPPC.

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