July 16, 2015
Issue #69

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Hearing on AB 113, the Redevelopment Dissolution Bill, Canceled at Last Minute

Just as city officials gathered for a Monday morning briefing at the League’s office, they received information that the Senate Budget Committee canceled its planned 11 a.m. hearing on AB 113, the redevelopment dissolution bill sponsored by the Department of Finance (DOF) and opposed by many cities and the League for its harmful elements. This development reflected obvious concern by legislators with issues raised by cities throughout California and the League.

State Budget, Legislation, Redevelopment

DOF Releases FY 2015-16 List of Suspended State Mandates

The Department of Finance (DOF) on July 14 issued its list of 56 state mandates suspended in the FY 2015-16 Budget Act. California law requires the state to reimburse local agencies for costs derived from legislation mandating new government programs or higher levels of service.

State Budget, Municipal Finance

San Francisco Chronicle Article Details Planned Study on Health Effects of Crumb Rubber Artificial Turf

The San Francisco Chronicle on Sunday, July 12, reported that the state will study what is known as crumb rubber artificial turf. The $2.9 million authorized will help examine the use of recycled tire, crumb rubber, to create artificial turf. The study will be conducted by the Office of Environmental Health Hazard Assessment through a contract with CalRecycle. The article, “California to study health effects of ‘crumb rubber’ in artificial turf,” also reports that the state has spent $2.2 million in 2015 on projects to replace wood bark with crumb rubber primarily on playgrounds. The study comes on the heels of the Legislature sidelining SB 45 (Hill), which would have commissioned a similar study and ended CalRecycle’s grant program that provided subsidies to local governments for the use of tire derived products on playfields and playgrounds. The full article can be read online.

Environmental Quality

California City Solutions: Alhambra’s Police Department Increases Engagement with Chinese Community through Social Media Outreach

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. Alhambra’s Enhancing Community Policing through Social Media plan was submitted in 2014 for the Public Safety award category.

CA City Solutions, Helen Putnam, Public Safety

Cities for Workforce Health Now Accepting Applications for 2016 Grants

Applications due Aug. 14

The League of California Cities’® Partner program invites cities to apply for the 2016 Cities for Workforce Health program grants. Grant recipients will receive one-on-one consultation from workforce health consultants from Kaiser Permanente and Keenan as well as a $5,000 credit use towards Kaiser Permanente HealthWorks programs and services. Interested cities should complete all application requirements and submit responses online.

Cities for Workforce Health, Grants and Funding
1400 K Street ■ Sacramento, CA 95814 ■ (916) 658-8200
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