Aug. 21, 2015
Issue #78

Editor's Note

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Transportation Dominates Policy Discussion in Capitol and Throughout California

With legislators back in the Capitol after their month-long recess, the special session on transportation funding was front and center this week with the first committee hearing on specific legislation and several events in Northern and Southern California. The special session is not subject to deadlines imposed on the regular session, but Gov. Jerry Brown and legislative leaders are working to craft a deal before the regular session adjourns on Sept. 11. The League is part of Fix Our Roads, a broad coalition of local government, transportation, labor and business organizations advocating for a seven principle approach to transportation funding that would dedicate $6 billion annually, split 50-50 between the state and locals, in the coming decade.

Public Works, Revenue and Taxation, Transportation

DOF, Senate Again Attempts to Move RDA Trailer Bill, AB 113 Set
Thursday, Aug. 27

League Remains Opposed Due to Harmful Provisions; Concerned Cities Should Contact Legislators Immediately

Here we go again. An end-of-session effort to move the Department of Finance’s (DOF) bill, AB 113 (Committee on Budget), was launched today when the Senate File revealed that the bill has been set for Thursday, Aug. 27 in the Senate Budget Committee. AB 113 is a 100-page bill drafted by DOF that contains significant revisions to the redevelopment dissolution process, some of which seek to reverse recent court decisions benefitting affected cities. While there are currently several other bills listed on the Senate Budget Committee’s agenda, all of them are “spot bills” with nothing in them.

Redevelopment, Action Item, Senate, Hot Bills, Legislation

California City Solutions: Volunteers Help Beautify Public Places in South San Francisco

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. South San Francisco’s Improving Public Places was submitted in 2014 for the Enhancing Public Trust, Ethics, and Community Involvement award category.

Helen Putnam, CA City Solutions, Community Services

Limited Space Available for Mobile Tour of the San José Environmental Innovation Center during the 2015 Annual Conference & Expo

There are 20 spots for a special tour of the San José Environmental Innovation Center on Wednesday, Sept. 3 before the start of the League’s 2015 Annual Conference in San José. The center, which opened in May 2014, is a first-of-its-kind “green enterprise” facility that houses services for residents and clean tech entrepreneurs. This tour is a pre-conference event, with only 20 spots left.

Meetings and Events

Local Jurisdictions Must Contract with BOE for Collection of Local Charges on Prepaid Mobile Telephony Services by Sept. 1

Beginning Jan. 1, 2016, AB 1717 requires local jurisdictions to contract with the California State Board of Equalization (BOE) in order to receive revenue from local utility user taxes (UUT), local 911 charges, and any other local charges imposed on consumers of prepaid mobile services.

Revenue and Taxation, Municipal Finance, Telecommunications
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