April 24, 2015
Issue #40

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League Gears Up for 2015 Legislative Action Day

Hundreds of City Officials in Sacramento on April 29 to Lobby

Every April brings hundreds of city officials to Sacramento as part of the League’s Legislative Action Day. This year, Scotts Valley Council Member and League President Stephany Aguilar will be welcoming the delegates for a legislative briefing. The annual event focuses on the organization’s legislative priorities and top bills and is an opportunity for mayors and council members to meet with their legislators face to face in the Capitol.

Hot Bills, Legislation, Meetings and Events

Policy Summit on Environmental Impacts and Public Safety Issues Arising from Illegal Marijuana Grow Sites Scheduled Next Week

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The League of California Cities is holding a policy summit on illegal marijuana grows and the significant environmental and public safety impacts as a result of the adopted 2014 resolution brought to the League’s General Assembly by the Redwood Empire Division. The summit is scheduled for April 29 in the State Capitol from 11:15 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Meetings and Events, Environmental Quality, Public Safety

California Supreme Court Denies Review of Emeryville Re-entered
Agreement Decision

DOF’s Pending Legislative Proposal Attempts to Reverse Decision As Well As Other Cases Where Local Agencies Have Prevailed, DOF Expected to Propose Revisions in Conjunction with May Budget Revise

The California Supreme Court on April 22 denied review of the Third District Court of Appeal’s decision in City of Emeryville v. Cohen. This closely-watched case involved various agreements between the city and its former redevelopment agency. After the Legislature dissolved redevelopment, the city re-entered into these agreements with its Successor Agency as permitted by the redevelopment dissolution statute, ABx1 26. The city then attempted to list these agreements on it recognized Obligation Payment Schedule (ROPS). The Department of Finance (DOF), however, rejected the agreements.

Legal Updates

Bills in Committee: April 27-May 1

Medical Marijuana Bills and Senate Transportation Proposal have April 28 Hearings; AB 1335 (Atkins) housing funding measure, to be Heard on April 29

Next week promises to be busy for the League and our member cities. A number of hot bills, including medical marijuana and the Senate transportation proposal, are up for their first legislative hearings on Tuesday. Wednesday, the League welcomes hundreds of city officials to Sacramento for the annual Legislative Action Day for policy briefings and meetings with legislators and their staff in the Capitol. City officials will be talking with their legislators about city priorities including economic development, housing, transportation, medical marijuana and more.

Legislative Hearings, Assembly, Senate

Legislative Transparency Bill Supported by League

ACA 1 would create 72-Hour Print Rule

The League took a support position this week on ACA 1 (Olsen), which would require legislation to be in print or posted online for at least 72 hours prior to a vote on its final passage in either legislative house. This requirement would not apply to specified urgency bills to address a state of emergency declared by the Governor.

Assembly, Action Item, Open Government

California City Solutions: Lancaster Maximizes Energy and Savings on Solar 

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. Solar Lancaster was submitted in 2014 for the Housing Programs and Innovations award category.

CA City Solutions, Helen Putnam, Solar, Environmental Quality, Housing

Application Period Closes May 8 for League Board of Directors At-Large Position and Second Vice President

There are only three weeks left for elected officials to apply for one of the six at-large positions (two-year term) or second vice president (one-year term) positions open on the League of California Cities’ board of directors.

Board, Action Item

Volunteer Judges Needed for the 2015 Helen Putnam Award for Excellence Application Submissions

Now that the 2015 Helen Putnam Award for Excellence applications have been submitted it’s time to score them and determine the winning cities. The League is seeking approximately 60 volunteers to serve on various juries, covering the 11 award categories.

Helen Putnam, Action Item

Be Recognized for Your Dedication to Continuing Education and Service through the Mayors and Council Members Leadership Academy

Elected city officials who complete the Mayors and Council Members Leadership Academy’s continuing education program can be recognized by the League of California Cities in a variety of ways.

Mayors and Council Members

National Travel & Tourism Week Offers Economic Development Opportunities and Inspiration

With California’s tourism industry on the cusp of unprecedented growth this year, there’s no better time to celebrate National Travel & Tourism Week, which this year is May 2-10. The event provides an opportunity to educate and inspire local businesses to take local destination tourism development and marketing to the next level.

Economic Development
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