May 13, 2015
Issue #47

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Assembly Bill that Re-Establishes RDA Tool for Disadvantaged Communities Clears Key Legislative Hurdle

AB 2 Passes Assembly, Moves to Senate

The Assembly on Monday passed AB 2 (Alejo and Garcia) on a 63-13 vote. This League-supported legislation would create a new tool for economic development and affordable housing for California’s poorest and disadvantaged communities. Its passage on the Assembly Floor by a significant margin reflects legislative realization that California’s most struggling communities need additional tools that can spur much-needed revitalization.

Assembly, Redevelopment, Successor Agencies, Economic Development, Revenue and Taxation

San Bernardino Can Now Make Payments to CalPERS

Bankruptcy Judge Rejects Challenge to Stop City from Making Pension Payments

The city of San Bernardino on Thursday is expected to present its bankruptcy exit plan to the San Bernardino City Council. This action will come on the heels of U.S. Bankruptcy Judge Meredith Jury dismissal of a lawsuit that sought to block the city from making its full pension payments to CalPERS. May 30 is the deadline for the city to file its plan with Judge Jury.

Pensions, Employee Relations, Revenue and Taxation

League-Sponsored Legislation Moving to Improve Financial Reporting Process for Local Governments

The Assembly Local Government Committee on Wednesday afternoon unanimously approved legislation that would improve the accuracy of local data by adjusting the reporting deadlines for local agencies.

Assembly, Compensation, Open Government

Assembly Local Government Committee Votes to Remove Local Authority to Regulate People Living in Vehicles

AB 718 (Chu) Passes 7-1 and Moves to Assembly Floor

With a vast majority of legislators having a background in local government, current city officials watch to see how that local government experience bears on legislators decisions in the Capitol. Often that background is on the forefront of the minds of legislators but sometimes they take action without fully analyzing the affect state policies have at the local level. The passage today of AB 718 (Chu) by the Assembly Local Government Committee is an example of well-intended legislation that is passed before there is sufficient review of local impacts.

Land Use, Assembly, Affordable Housing

2016 Planning Commissioners Academy Call for Proposals

Do you want to help build the 2016 Planning Commissioners Academy program? Do you have an idea for a new session that will inspire and motivate attendees? Maybe you know of a colleague that would be an excellent speaker? 

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