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Bills in Committee: April 29–May 2

April 29, 2013
The League will be closely monitoring many hot bills this week as well as other bills of interest to cities, which included in our recently released bills of interest list. The League will report any actions of significance.

Busy Week in Sacramento for Enterprise Zones Advocates

April 26, 2013
Enterprise Zones (EZs) were a focus of League advocacy efforts this week. The League has long promoted EZs as a key tool to help cities with local economic development; in this year’s political climate cities must advocate for their survival.

Billion Dollar Riverfront Makeover Emerges From Flood Project Buttressed by Tax-Increment Financing

April 26, 2013
Note: With job creation and affordable housing on the minds of public officials across California, the power of state-local partnerships in creating good paying construction and other private sector jobs merits attention. This is part of a series of special papers on some successful partnerships.

Federal TIGER, COPS Hiring Program and Community Policing Grants Announced

April 26, 2013
The U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) and Department of Justice’s Office of Community Oriented Policing Services (COPS) this week announced grant funds to be awarded to projects with significant impact on the nation, a metropolitan area, or a region. Brief descriptions of each grant program, with links to the various websites, are available to help the application process.

Governor Brown Meets with League Board

April 26, 2013
Gov. Jerry Brown spent almost an hour talking with the League board of directors on April 25 about criminal justice realignment, local control, economic development, the roles of the various levels of government, his commitment to building new infrastructure in the state and his philosophy on government.

Legislative Action Day Brings Hundreds of City Officials to Sacramento

April 25, 2013
Wednesday was busy for many members of the League of California Cities with the organization’s annual Legislative Action Day in Sacramento.

League-Supported Redevelopment Bills Pass Out of Assembly Local Government Committee

April 25, 2013
Two League-supported bills to clarify and provide certainty for the dissolution process for redevelopment agencies passed out of the Assembly Local Government Committee on Wednesday afternoon.

Two Land Use Related Bills Heard in Senate Governance and Finance Committee This Week

April 25, 2013
Wednesday city officials attending the League’s Legislative Action Day got a powerful lesson in state politics as the Senate Governance and Finance Committee heard two bills by Sen. Mark DeSaulnier (D-Concord) – one that would help local governments and one that would harm them.

Bills in Committee: April 22–26

April 22, 2013
This is a busy week with the League’s Legislative Action Day scheduled for Wednesday, April 24, the same day many of the League bills are being heard in committees in the Capitol.

Marketplace Fairness Act Vote This Week

April 22, 2013
Last week, Sen. Harry Reid (D-Nev.) filed cloture on the motion to proceed to a vote on S. 743, the most recent of three Marketplace Fairness Act bills introduced by Congress this year. Sen. Reid’s action made the bill eligible to be heard on the Senate floor this week.

Legislative Action Day Preview

April 19, 2013
The League is gearing up for Legislative Action Day next Wednesday, April 24.

Innovative State-Local Partnership Helps Create Jobs and Makes Monrovia More Attractive to Residents, Tourists and Business

April 19, 2013
Note: With job creation on the minds of public officials across California, the power of state-local partnerships in creating good paying construction and other private sector jobs and changing the face of communities’ merits attention. This is part of a series of special papers on some successful partnerships.

Municipal Bond Analysts Assert Redevelopment Dissolution Causing “Havoc” in California Municipal Bond Market

April 19, 2013
In a blunt assessment, the National Federation of Municipal Analysts (NFMA) has criticized ABx1 26 and AB 1484, the 2012 legislation dissolving redevelopment agencies, as causing havoc in California’s municipal bond market in the name of funding state budget shortfalls.

Draft Cap-and-Trade Auction Proceeds Investment Plan Released

April 19, 2013
The Air Resources Control Board (ARB) and Department of Finance (DOF) released the draft Cap-and-Trade Auction Proceeds Investment Plan: Fiscal Years 2013–14 through 2015–16.

Submit Your Session Ideas for the 2014 League City Managers’ Department Meeting

April 19, 2013
What information and education do city managers need to be successful?  What expertise do you have that could benefit others in your field?

Oral Arguments Heard Today in League’s Challenge to AB 1484 Clawback Provisions

April 19, 2013
Sacramento County Superior Court Judge Michael Kenny heard oral arguments earlier today in League of California Cities v. Ana Matosantos, the League’s challenge to portions of AB 1484, the 2012 redevelopment budget trailer bill.

League Releases the 2013 Hot Bills List

April 18, 2013
Today the League has released the list of 26 “Hot Bills” for 2013 that reflects positions on these bills as of April 18.

Bill To Create New Economic Development Tool for Disadvantaged Communities Moves to Assembly Local Government Committee

April 17, 2013
Today League-supported AB 1080 (Alejo) passed out of the Assembly Housing and Community Development Committee.

CalPERS Raises Employer Rate Significantly to Stabilize Fund

April 17, 2013
Earlier today, the CalPERS Board of Administration voted to make significant changes to actuarial policies, increasing the rate that state and local government employers pay for their pension plans.

Bills in Committee: April 15–19

April 15, 2013
The League will be closely monitoring many key bills this week, including AB 1080, which addresses community revitalization, AB 440, which relates to brownfields, and SB 56, which addresses lost vehicle license fees for newly incorporated cities and cities with recently annexed inhabited areas.
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