Aug. 29, 2015
Issue #82

Editor's Note

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Flawed RDA Proposal Fails to Move in Senate; Will Assembly Develop an Alternative?

It was déjà vu all over again on Wednesday when the Senate Budget and Fiscal Review Committee cancelled its Aug. 27 hearing on AB 113 (Committee on Budget), the Department of Finance (DOF)-sponsored redevelopment dissolution bill. One hundred and fifteen cities oppose this measure due to the significant financial harm it would cause. This was the second time this bill has stalled; the same committee previously cancelled its July 13 hearing a few hours prior to the hearing. Despite many meetings with senators, DOF refused to budge on key issues relating to repaying city loans. Thus the bill failed to proceed due to a lack of votes. Cities should thank their senators for their thoughtful and principled approach. The focus now shifts to whether the Assembly will develop a more workable alternative.

Redevelopment, Hot Bills, Legislation

League Hot and Priority Bill Update; End of Session Nears

Friday is the deadline to amend bills in the Legislature. Once that deadline ticks past, the final days of the session are often chock-full of “gut-and-amend” bills. The often-criticized process allows legislators a means to completely change the intent of a bill during the last few days of session — sometimes skirting the committee process and bypassing legislative review.

Hot Bills, Legislation, Senate, Assembly

End of Session Signature/Veto Requests Webinar Scheduled for Sept. 15

The Legislature will wrap up the first year of the 2015-16 legislative session on Sept. 11 and then Gov. Jerry Brown will have until Oct. 11 to sign or veto all bills. The League’s legislative team has scheduled an end of session webinar with city officials to review top priority bills that cities will need to advocate for signature or veto by the Governor. This free 90-minute webinar will be held on Sept. 15 from 2-3:30 p.m.

Hot Bills, Legislation, Meetings and Events, Senate, Assembly

California City Solutions: Grass Valley’s Center for the Arts Creates Community Pride, Expands Economic Development

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. Grass Valley’s Center for the Arts was submitted in 2014 for the Economic Development through the Arts award category.

CA City Solutions, Helen Putnam, Art, Economic Development

HUD Secretary Asks Mayors to Join Sept. 4 Conference Call on Veteran Homelessness

California mayors are invited to join a conference call on Sept. 4 with Housing and Urban Development (HUD) Secretary Julián Castro to discuss what mayors can personally do to engage their communities, and particularly private landlords, in the Mayors Challenge to End Veteran Homelessness. The call will include presentations by mayors who have demonstrated effective and innovative engagement techniques, and will have ample time for questions and answers. The presenters will be joined by senior officials from the U.S. Interagency Council on Homelessness, HUD and Veterans Affairs.

Housing, Federal, Meetings and Events
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