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Senate Announces Committee Chairs for 2013-14 Legislative Session

December 27, 2012
Last week, a little more than two weeks after the Legislature announced new leadership positions for the 2013-14 legislative session, the Senate announced the chairs for its committees, with Sen. Kevin de León (D – Pacoima) as the new Appropriations Committee chair.

California Civic Engagement Project Releases Third Policy Brief in Series

December 27, 2012
The California Civic Engagement Project, housed at the UC Davis Center for Regional Change, has released the third in its series of policy briefs examining the impact of youth and online registration on the 2012 California electorate.

Congress Adjourns for Christmas Without Plan to Avoid Fiscal Cliff

December 21, 2012
The House adjourned for Christmas on Thursday evening after it became clear that Speaker John Boehner (R – Ohio) did not have the support of his caucus for the deal to avoid the fiscal cliff.  The Senate is expected to do the same today.

Don’t Miss Deadline to Register for the 2013 City Managers’ Meeting

December 21, 2012
The registration and housing deadline for the League’s 2013 City Managers’ Department meeting in San Francisco is Jan. 8, 2012. The meeting is being held Jan. 30 – Feb. 1, 2013.

CALED Awards of Excellence Call for Nominations

December 21, 2012
The California Association for Local Economic Development (CALED) Awards of Excellence program brings statewide public and professional recognition to those projects and programs developed during the previous year that have made significant contributions to the field of economic development.

Foam Curbside Recycling Programs in California Communities

December 21, 2012
Did you know that over 65 California communities can recycle foam in their curbside recycling bins?

California Supreme Court Rules for Prevailing Defendants in Disability Access Actions

December 19, 2012
The California Supreme Court confirmed Monday in Jankey v. Lee that a prevailing defendant in a disability access lawsuit is entitled to recover attorney’s fees and costs from the plaintiff – when the plaintiff alleges both a federal claim under the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) and a state law claim under Civil Code Section 55. The League filed an amicus brief in the case, supporting the small business owner who prevailed.

Talks Continue on Fiscal Cliff

December 14, 2012
This week President Barack Obama and House Speaker John Boehner (R – Ohio) have met in person and via phone multiple times to discuss how to avoid the fiscal cliff.

County of Los Angeles Files Petition for Rehearing in Property Tax Administration Fee Case

December 10, 2012
Last week, the County of Los Angeles asked the California Supreme Court to revisit its decision in City of Alhambra v. County of Los Angeles where the Court held that the method by which the county calculated the Property Tax Administration Fee for the Triple Flip and Vehicle License Fee Swap was not consistent with state law.

Court Requests Additional Briefing in League’s VLF Lawsuit to Address Proposition 30 Questions

December 7, 2012
Sacramento County Superior Court Judge Lloyd Connelly, last month, requested the parties provide additional briefing in the League’s lawsuit, League of California Cities v. Chiang, to address the potential impacts of Proposition 30.

Sen. Lois Wolk Reintroduces Legislation on Infrastructure Financing Districts

December 7, 2012
Monday, Dec. 3 was the first day legislation for the 2013-14 legislative session could be introduced and Sen. Lois Wolk (D-Davis) wasted no time in introducing SB 33 (Wolk), a measure to update Infrastructure Financing District law, to make it a useful tool to help cities maintain, repair, and rebuild critical infrastructure and create economic development in their communities. SB 33 is a reintroduction of last year’s SB 214 (Wolk) that was supported by the League, the California Building Industry Association and other organizations.

Municipal Bond Interest Tax-Exemption Targeted in Federal Budget Discussions

December 7, 2012
As 2012 draws to a close, the federal government is struggling with the looming fiscal cliff. While there is bipartisan support to avoid sequestration, how to do that remains controversial. 

Legislature Assigns New Leadership, Assembly Member Achadjian New Local Government Chair

December 7, 2012
This week, both the Senate and the Assembly elected leadership for the 2013-14 legislative session.

Local Measures November 2012 - Near Final Results

December 7, 2012
Final results are close to complete for the 368 local measures on the 2012 November ballots. In the tallies of additional votes since election night, four school bonds and one school parcel tax have flipped from failure to passage. 

Are You Current on Your AB 1234 Ethics Training?

December 7, 2012
Since 2005, as required by AB 1234, public officials are required to attend ethics training. Public officials are required to complete the training within one year of taking office, and repeat the training every two years. The Institute for Local Government (ILG) is offering a session at the Association of Bay Area Governments' (ABAG) 2012 Ethics Training Workshop on Dec. 20 in Oakland. 

FY 2012 and FY 2013 Federal Grant Opportunities

December 7, 2012
Eligible cities are encouraged to apply for the following federal grants being offered by the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), the Economic Development Administration (EDA), the Department of Education (ED), and the Institute for Museum and Library Services.

League’s 2012 Legislative Report Available Online Now

December 7, 2012
On Nov. 13, via webinar, and on Nov. 14, in Riverside, the League held its Annual Legislative Briefings. The presentations focused on the state budget and key developments from the 2011-12 legislative year.

Education and Conferences Updates – December 2012

December 7, 2012
The League’s 2013 Annual Conference & Expo will be held Sept. 18–20 in Sacramento. The League is currently accepting session ideas through its website. Submissions must include: a title (up to 10 words), description (100 words) and suggested speaker(s). The submission deadline for session ideas is Jan. 7, 2013.

The Hit List from WesternCity.com

December 7, 2012
The most popular articles on the Western City magazine website in the past month included features on pension reform, new requirements for pension reporting, an easy reality check for public service ethics, innovative contracting techniques and more.

League California Civic Leadership Institute℠ Graduates Celebrate Assembly Seat Wins

December 4, 2012
The League is proud to congratulate nine California Civic Leadership Institute℠ (CCLI) graduates who were sworn in yesterday to the California State Assembly.
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