League of California Cities

2015

2015

Current Actions Items

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AB 266 (Bonta) Medical Cannabis

Regulates medical marijuana in a manner that protects local control, addresses public safety concerns, and enhances health and safety standards.
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SB 608 (Liu) The Right to Rest Act

SB 608 contains no solutions for homelessness. It contains no new programs, no funding for housing, and no effort to improve services. Instead, it creates a special set of exemptions and privileges for one group of people and undermines the equal applicability of laws.
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AB 35 (Chiu and Atkins) Low-income Housing Tax Credits

AB 35 which would increase the state’s Low Income Housing Tax Credit by $300 million to build and rehabilitate affordable housing.
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AB 1335 (Atkins) Building Homes and Jobs Act

AB 1335 would generate up to $700 million per year for affordable rental or ownership housing, supportive housing, emergency shelters, transitional housing and other housing needs via a $75 recordation fee on real estate transactions with the exception of home sales.
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AB 34 (Bonta) Medical cannabis regulation and enforcement

This bill endangers municipal police power and land use authority.
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SB 16 (Beall) Transportation Funding

This bill would provide much needed funding to the state and local roadway system over a period of five years to address the overwhelming backlog of preservation and maintenance
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AB 718 (Chu) - Removal of Regulatory Authority: Vehicles Used For Human Habitation

AB 718 (Chu) would prohibit local agencies from enforcing laws and ordinances, or otherwise subject to civil or criminal penalties, the act of people sleeping or resting in a lawfully parked motor vehicle.
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SB 239 (Hertzberg) - Local services: contracts: fire protection services.

SB 239 would place agreements between public agencies to provide fire protection services under the purview of local agency formation commissions (LAFCOs).  It also requires the contracting local agency to receive written permission from the recognized employee organization to extend fire se...
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AB 744 (Chau) - No Parking Minimums

Existing Density Bonus Law requires a maximum of one parking space per bedroom, with the developer empowered to negotiate additional parking concessions.  AB 744 would reduce this standard for certain niche projects where it can be demonstrated that fewer parking spaces are necessary. P...
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AB 278 (Hernandez) - District-based Elections

AB 278, which requires that all general law cities with populations over 100,000 adopt an ordinance to switch to a district-based election system.  
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SB 493 (Cannella) City Council Elections

SB 493 would allow city councils to use the ordinance process to switch from an at-large to a by-district election system. Helping cities save money by avoiding a CVRA lawsuit and the costs associated with gaining voter approval on the ballot. 
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VETO REQUEST: AB 1236 (Chiu) Electric Vehicle Charging Stations

AB 1236 (Chiu), which would, among other things, require local jurisdictions to adopt a new, costly ordinance that would essentially create a separate and unequal permitting and inspection process specifically for electric vehicle charging stations.
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VETO REQUEST: AB 744 (Chau) Restricting Available Parking for Low Income Housing (as enrolled)

AB 744 would undermine local control by establishing unrealistically low parking standards for various affordable housing projects. 
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SIGNATURE REQUEST: AB 1222 (Bloom) Tow Trucks

AB 1222 would address a significant problem in California cities that relate to the operation of tow trucks: unsolicited tow truck scams. Currently no documentation is required from tow truck operators that would confirm that they were requested to appear at the scene of a disabled vehicle.&...
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SIGNATURE REQUEST: AB 90 (Chau and Atkins) Federal Housing Trust Fund

AB 90 (Chau and Atkins), would designate the state Department of Housing and Community Development as the entity responsible for administering funds received through the Federal Housing Trust Fund.
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SIGNATURE REQUEST: AB 2 (Alejo and Garcia) Community Revitalization and Investment Authorities

This legislation authorizes local communities to create a new entity at the local level called a Community Revitalization Investment Authority (CRIA) that would provide a tool targeted for the revitalization of the most disadvantaged and poorest areas of our state. 
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SIGNATURE REQUEST: AB 35 (Chiu and Atkins) Affordable Housing Tax Credits

AB 35 (Chiu and Atkins), would augment the state’s Low Income Housing Tax Credit by $100 million for a five-year period to build and rehabilitate affordable housing.  
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SIGNATURE REQUEST: AB 243 (Wood) Medical Marijuana

This measure erects a critical portion of a long overdue regulatory structure for the state’s medical marijuana program brought into being as a result of Proposition 215 and SB 420 (Vasconcellos), Chapter 875, Statutes of 2003.  
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SIGNATURE REQUEST: AB 266 (Bonta, Cooley, Jones-Sawyer, Lackey and Wood) Medical Marijuana

This measure erects a long overdue regulatory structure for the state’s medical marijuana program brought into being as a result of Proposition 215 and SB 420 (Vasconcellos), Chapter 875, Statutes of 2003. 
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SIGNATURE REQUEST: SB 643 (McGuire) Medical Marijuana

This measure erects a critical component of a long overdue regulatory structure for the state’s medical marijuana program brought into being as a result of Proposition 215 and SB 420 (Vasconcellos), Chapter 875, Statutes of 2003.  
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SIGNATURE REQUEST: SB 168 (Gaines-Jackson) Unmanned Aircraft Systems

This measure seeks to address the increasingly serious hazard posed by recreational unmanned aircraft systems, or drones, to first responders operating firefighting aircraft or air ambulances.  ​​​
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SIGNATURE REQUEST: SB 25 (Roth) City Incorporation

SB 25 will restore funding stability to four recently incorporated cities in Riverside County and establish a foundation to support current sustainable and compact growth state policies.
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VETO REQUEST: AB 36 (Campos) Local Government. Federal Surplus Property

This measure would prohibit a local agency from receiving surplus military equipment pursuant to federal law unless the legislative body of the local agency has first voted to approve the acquisition at a public meeting that is compliant with the Brown Act.  
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SIGNATURE REQUEST: AB 216 (Garcia) Product Sales to Minors: Vapor Products

AB 216 would prohibit the sale of any device designed to deliver a nonnicotine product in vapor form to anyone under 18 years of age.  This measure would be consistent with current law that prohibits the sale of e-cigarettes to minors.
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SIGNATURE REQUEST: AB 1223 (O’Donnell) Emergency Medical Services: Ambulance Transportation

AB 1223 gives emergency medical service (EMS) providers the flexibility they need to deliver their patients to facilities that deliver appropriate medical care in a timely manner. 
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SIGNATURE REQUEST: AB 313 (Atkins) Enhanced Infrastructure Finance Districts

AB 313 contains some helpful clean up to last year’s SB 628 (Beall) to facilitate its implementation.
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SIGNATURE REQUEST: AB 388 (Chang) Homeless Veteran’s Housing Funding Reports

This bill would require the state Department of Housing and Community Development to report specified performance data to the Legislature as part of an annual evaluation performed by the department, in collaboration with the Department of Veterans Affairs, on the expenditure of $600 million in bo...
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SIGNATURE REQUEST: AB 428 (Nazarian) Seismic Rehabilitation Tax Credits

AB 428 (Nazarian) would authorize up to a 30 percent state income tax credit for the seismic rehabilitation of existing properties.
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SIGNATURE REQUEST: AB 851 (Mayes) Disincorporation and Annexation

This measure requires a proposal for disincorporation to be accompanied by a plan for providing services to the area following disincorporation, a comprehensive financial analysis, a process for LAFCO to allocate property tax to providers assuming the city’s previous service responsibilitie...
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SIGNATURE REQUEST: SB 533 (Pan) Sales Tax Shifting Agreements

SB 533 would tighten existing law to prohibit sales tax agreements that result in shifting sales tax revenue from one community to another when the physical location of the business does not change.
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VETO REQUEST: AB 57 (Quirk) Wireless Telecommunications Facilities

AB 57 would unnecessarily and significantly impact a cities’ authority to regulate the placement of certain wireless telecommunications facilities.
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VETO REQUEST: Senate Bill 239 (Hertzberg) Local services: contracts: fire protection services

SB 239 would place agreements between public agencies to provide fire protection services under the purview of local agency formation commissions (LAFCOs).  It also requires the contracting local agency to receive written permission from the recognized employee organization to extend fire se...
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VETO REQUEST: SB 379 (Jackson) Land Use: General Plan: Safety Element

SB 379 would require cities to address climate-resiliency strategies in the safety element of their General Plans, when next they revisit their local hazard mitigation plan on or after January 1, 2017, or if they do not have an adopted local hazard mitigation plan, beginning January 1, 2022. Unde...
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SIGNATURE REQUEST: AB 169 (Maienschein) Local government: public records: Internet

This bill would require that local agencies use specified open-data standards if they maintain an Internet Resource that is described or titled as "open data" and if they choose to post public records on that Internet Resource.
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SIGNATURE REQUEST: AB 1157 (Nazarian) Certificated Aircraft Assessment

AB 1157 (Nazarian) would extend the sunset date on the current program used by county assessors for assessing property tax on certificated aircraft.
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SIGNATURE REQUEST: AB 1228 (Gipson) Housing for Homeless and Foster Youth

AB 1228 (Gipson) seeks to encourage additional flexibility in student housing facilities at state community college and university campuses for the challenges faced by students who are formerly homeless and foster youth.
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SIGNATURE REQUEST: SB 493 (Cannella). City Council Elections

SB 493 (Cannella), would enable city councils to use the ordinance process to convert from an at-large to a by-district election system. This bill would help cities save money by avoiding a CVRA lawsuit and the costs associated with gaining voter approval on the ballot.
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VETO REQUEST: AB 88 (Gomez) Utility Purchases: Sales and Use Tax Exemption

AB 88 (Gomez) provides a sales tax exemption, from both the state and local portions, for utility purchases of energy efficient appliances.
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VETO REQUEST: AB 1301 (Jones-Sawyer). Voting Rights: preclearance

AB 1301 (Jones-Sawyer) creates a statewide pre-clearance system requiring that all changes to an election system within a qualifying jurisdiction obtain approval by the Secretary of State before implementation.
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VETO REQUEST: SB 331 (Mendoza) Public contracts: local agencies: negotiations.

SB 331 (Mendoza) would require a local government that has adopted a COIN ordinance to apply specific procedures for the negotiation and approval of certain contracts valued at $250,000 or more for goods or services.
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VETO REQUEST: SB 406 (Jackson) Employment: Leave.

SB 406 (Jackson) would mandate that employers provide up to 24 weeks of protected leave that could be taken each day in increments as small as one hour, all while exposing the employer with a threat of litigation and punitive damages for any unintentional misstep.
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VETO REQUEST: AB 305 (Gonzalez) Workers’ compensation: permanent disability apportionment

AB 305 would prohibit the use of certain gender- related characteristics in the calculation of permanent disability benefits for injuries.
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SB 879 (Beall) Affordable Housing Bond Act of 2016

There is a clear need for more low-income and affordable housing programs in California and the affordability crisis in the state continues to worsen.  Senate Bill 879 recognizes the scale of the housing crisis and the critical role that the state must play in finding solutions by proposing ...
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