March 13, 2015

Issue #24

Editor's Note

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League Members Advocate for City Priorities During 2015 NLC City Congressional Conference

House Staff Briefing on Local Streets Successful

More than 2,000 city leaders from throughout the nation met in Washington, D.C. this week for the 2015 National League of Cities Congressional City Conference. Attendees heard from a variety of Cabinet-level officials on issues of importance to cities, as well as President Barack Obama himself on his new TechHire, a multi-sector effort to empower Americans with skills needed to compete in a 21st century economy.

Federal, Transportation, NLC

Upcoming Legislative Hearings of Interest March 17-April 22

The League’s lobbying team continues to review the flood of bills introduced before the Feb. 27 deadline, determining which of them may be of significant interest to cities.  As the Legislature begins to assign legislation to policy committees, it is also holding a number of oversight and informational hearings on policy areas of interest to cities.

Legislative Hearings, Assembly, Senate

California City Solutions: Mixed-Use Historical Development Brings Arts and Entertainment District to Downtown Vallejo

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. Vallejo’s Temple Art Lofts project was submitted in 2014 for the Housing Programs and Innovations award category.
The City of Vallejo has a long and diverse history. It served as California’s first state capital in the mid-19th century, a cornerstone of maritime history at the Mare Island Naval Shipyard, the U.S. Navy's oldest West Coast (closed in 1996) and home to a vibrant music community in the mid-to-late 20th century. Even under significant financial distress, Vallejo saw an opportunity to invest in its historical assets and boost its economy by developing the Temple Art Lofts.

CA City Solutions, Helen Putnam, Affordable Housing, Economic Development, Arts

Register Today for the 2015 Drought Briefing

Free Event Scheduled for April 9 in Sacramento

California has entered its fourth year of drought with far-reaching impacts on water supply, agriculture, habitat, fish and wildlife and water conservation. The drought’s severity has not escaped public attention, with some 94 percent of voters calling the situation “serious” in a recent Field Poll.

Meetings and Events, Water

1400 K Street ■ Sacramento, CA 95814 ■ (916) 658-8200
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