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Get to Know Legislative Candidates through New League Questionnaire Tool

February 28, 2014
Recent government restructuring such as the top-two primary and new 12-year term limits have provided motivation for exploring new advocacy strategies.

League Offers Brown Bag Webinar on Minimizing CEQA Liability in Your Community

February 28, 2014
The League of California Cities is hosting a brown bag webinar on March 19 from 12:00–1:00 p.m. as a supplement to a February 2014 Western City article, Practical Advice for Minimizing CEQA Liability in Your City.

CalPERS Considers Changes to Health Plan Regions, Winners and Losers Expected

February 28, 2014
During its Feb. 19 meeting, the CalPERS Pension and Health Benefits Committee considered staff recommendations for new health plan regions for contracting agencies effective Jan. 1, 2015.

The Health Policy Research Division of CalPERS Will be Holding Focus Groups to Solicit Feedback on the CalPERS Health Benefits Program

February 28, 2014
As part of the Public Agency Flexibility effort, CalPERS will be holding health benefits focus groups for employers over the next months.

DGS Will Offer Water Conservation Training for Government Facilities on March 12

February 28, 2014
City officials are invited to join the Department of General Services (DGS) for a free Water Conservation Training for Government Facilities on Wednesday, March 12.

Green California Summit Set for April 8–9 in Sacramento

February 28, 2014
The Green California Summit, the state’s largest annual event highlighting innovations in green policy, practice and technology, comes again to the Sacramento Convention Center on April 8–9.

Board of Equalization Approves Lower Gas Excise Tax Rate

February 26, 2014
The California State Board of Equalization (BOE) on Tuesday, Feb. 25 unanimously approved lowering the state’s gas excise tax rate by 3.5 cents per gallon.

CPUC Announces Public Workshops to Discuss New Broadband Access in Public Housing Comments

February 26, 2014
The California Public Utilities Commission announced workshop dates to discuss public comments received relating to the implementation of AB 1299. Signed by Gov. Jerry Brown in October 2013, AB 1299 brings broadband Internet access to affordable multifamily housing by diverting $20 million from the California Advanced Services Fund (CASF) Infrastructure Account and $5 million from the CASF Loan Account into a newly created Broadband Public Housing Account (BPHA).

New Report Analyzes California Local Government Finances from 2007 to 2013

February 26, 2014
Dr. Max Neiman of the University of California Berkeley and Jeremy Goldberg, deputy chief of staff of Civic Innovation with the city of San Jose, recently released a report through the IBM Center for the Business of Government that looks at California municipal finance.

League Board of Directors Votes to Co-Sponsor Medical Marijuana Dispensary Regulation Legislation

February 24, 2014
The League board of directors on Thursday, Feb. 21, voted to co-sponsor legislation to improve the regulation of medical cannabis in a manner that protects local control, addresses important public safety concerns, and enhances health and safety standards.

League Strongly Supports Important Charter City Home Rule Litigation

February 21, 2014
The cities of El Centro, Carlsbad, El Cajon, Fresno, Oceanside and Vista on Thursday, Feb. 20 filed a challenge to legislation that impairs the right of charter cities to exercise “Home Rule” authority authorized under the California Constitution.

Participate in the Mayors Day of Recognition for National Service

February 21, 2014
Mayors all across the nation are encouraged to participate in the Mayors Day of Recognition for National Service, being held on Tuesday, April 1.

CalPERS Adopts Critical Rate of Return and Demographic Assumptions

February 19, 2014
Yesterday after extensive hearings, workshops and stakeholder engagement, the PERS Board of Administration voted to retain its current long-term assumed rate of return at 7.5 percent and adopted separate actuarial assumptions for the mortality of state and local employers.

Massage Industry Regulation Sunset Review Committee Scheduled for March 10

February 19, 2014
With SB 731 (Oropeza) set to sunset on Jan. 1, 2015, work continues on analyzing the effects of this 2008 legislation that established a voluntary certification process through the California Massage Therapy Council (CAMTC) for massage professionals.

New Brownfield Development Tool for Cities Webinar Scheduled Early March

February 19, 2014
AB 440 (Gatto, 2013) will help local agencies investigate and clean up property for development. Learn more about this new authority and what it may mean for your city in a League-sponsored webinar on March 6 from 10:00–11:15 a.m.

League Asks OPR to Carefully Consider Alternatives to LOS in CEQA Analysis of the Significance of Transportation Impacts

February 19, 2014
The Office of Planning and Research (OPR) took the first step towards implementation of SB 743 (Steinberg, 2013) when it released a document entitled “Preliminary Evaluation of Alternative Methods of Transportation Analysis” for which comments were due Feb. 14.

League Submits Letter on Revisions to CalPERS’ Mortality and Retirement Age Actuarial Assumptions

February 14, 2014
In anticipation of the upcoming California Public Employees’ Retirement System (CalPERS) Board of Administration (Board) meeting next week, the League of California Cities’ Board of Directors submitted a letter Feb. 7 regarding the proposed revisions to the CalPERS’ actuarial assumptions concerning mortality and retirement age.

DEADLINE: New Form Available for Required SB 1186 Fee Reporting

February 14, 2014
Cities are required to transmit and report to the Legislature and Department of General Services Division of the State Architect (DSA) on fees collected under existing law SB 1186 (Chapter 383, Statues of 2012, Steinberg).

Legislature Eyeing Payment in Lieu of Taxes Program

February 13, 2014
The Assembly held a joint informational hearing on Feb. 3 of the Revenue and Taxation, Local Government, and the Housing and Community Development committees to discuss the scope of Payment in Lieu of Taxes (PILOT) arrangements and their impact on the nonprofit entity welfare property tax exemption.

Enter Your City's Innovative Program Today and Compete for Statewide Recognition

February 13, 2014
Each year the League of California Cities honors outstanding work in member cities across the state through the League Partner-sponsored Helen Putnam Awards for Excellence.
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