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2014 January Policy Committee Summary

January 31, 2014
City officials from across the state met in Sacramento Jan. 23–24 for the first policy committees meetings of 2014.

Catherine Bando Named New Executive Director for CSCDA

January 31, 2014
The California Statewide Communities Development Authority Commission (CSCDA) announced the appointment of Catherine Bando as executive director effective Jan. 16.

Calling All Cities! ARB Issues CoolCalifornia City Challenge

January 31, 2014
The Air Resources Board (ARB) is challenging cities across California to cut carbon emissions in its annual CoolCalifornia City Challenge competition.

HUTA Estimates for FY 2013–14, 2014–15 Now Available

January 29, 2014
The Local Government Finance Almanac today issued city-by-city and county-by-county Highway User Tax Allocation (HUTA) estimates for FY 2013–14 and FY 2014–15.

UPDATE: Massage Therapy Practitioner Certification Measure Receives Bipartisan Passage in Assembly

January 29, 2014
League-supported AB 1147 (Gomez) received bipartisan approval from the Assembly this week and is now pending before the Senate Rules Committee for committee assignments.

League Hosts Newly Elected Mayors and Council Members Academy

January 29, 2014
More than 200 newly elected officials came to Sacramento for the League’s Mayors and Council Members’ Department annual New Mayors and Council Members Academy.

Workplace Violence Safety Act Webinar Scheduled

January 29, 2014
The League of California Cities’ City Attorneys’ Department is offering a webinar on Feb. 26 from 10–11:30 a.m. on the Workplace Violence Safety Act.

Register Today for the Municipal Law Institute’s Symposium

January 29, 2014
The deadline to register for this year’s Municipal Law Institute Symposium is Monday, Feb. 3.

Get in the Action at the 2014 Planning Commissioners Academy

January 29, 2014
Don’t miss out on the opportunity to take part in action packed sessions and experiences at the 2014 Planning Commissioner Academy scheduled for March 26–28 at the Marriott San Francisco Airport Waterfront Hotel.

Governor’s State of the State Celebrates Financial Recovery, Stresses Fiscal Restraint

January 23, 2014
Before both houses of the Legislature Wednesday morning, Gov. Jerry Brown delivered his 12th State of the State address.

Assembly Democratic Caucus Selects Assembly Member Toni Atkins as Next Speaker

January 22, 2014
Rumors circulating around the Capitol were confirmed yesterday when the Assembly Democratic Caucus recommended that Assembly Member Toni Atkins (D-San Diego) be selected to succeed Speaker John Pérez (D-Los Angeles) who is termed out of office this year.

Massage Therapy Certification Bill Heads to Assembly Floor

January 22, 2014
League-supported AB 1147 (Gomez) is now pending on the Assembly Floor after receiving bipartisan support this week from the Assembly Business, Professions and Consumer Protection Committee.

New Brief Highlights California’s Future Electorate Through 2040

January 22, 2014
The California Civic Engagement Project (CCEP) of the UC Davis Center for Regional Change released a new policy brief entitled "Is Demography Political Destiny? Population Change and California's Future Electorate" that may be of interest to cities.

Mini Expo Returns at the Public Works Officers Institute

January 17, 2014
Don’t miss out on the opportunity to network and conduct business at the 2014 Public Works Officers Institute and Mini Expo.

2014 Planning Commissioner Academy Sneak Peek – Which Track Are You On?

January 17, 2014
The 2014 Planning Commissioners Academy is scheduled for March 26–28 at the Marriott San Francisco Airport Waterfront Hotel and offers planning commissioners, planning directors, planning staff, and other interested officials the opportunity to learn about the major planning and land use issues facing cities.

League CalPERS’ Rate Change Impact Webinar Draws Record Numbers; Vital Input Requested

January 14, 2014
Nearly 400 participants connected to the joint League of California Cities and California Society of Municipal Finance Officers’ webinar this week to learn about proposed changes to CalPERS actuarial assumptions that will impact employer contribution rates now and in future years.

Outstanding Local Streets and Roads Project Awards Program Calls for Nominations

January 14, 2014
Cities and counties can now submit nominations for the Outstanding Local Streets and Roads Project Awards Program.

GRANT OPPORTUNITY: Cities Encouraged to Apply for Federal DOJ & Art Development Funding

January 14, 2014
The U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) and the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) are offering several grant opportunities of interest to cities and local governments.

Proposed Budget Leaked Wednesday Night; Governor Calls for “Wisdom and Prudence” with Surplus Revenues

January 10, 2014
For the second time in his current term, a late afternoon leak of Gov. Jerry Brown’s proposed FY 2014–15 budget Wednesday shook things up this week in the Capitol. Originally scheduled for the constitutional release date of Jan. 10, the Governor moved his press conferences up to Thursday giving insiders advanced opportunity to analyze the numbers. For the first time in more than a decade, the news was good. The coming debate over allocating billions in surplus revenues stand in stark contrast to the $26 billion deficit the Governor faced in FY 2011–12.  

League CalPERS Webinar Presentation Available

January 9, 2014
The League of California Cities and the California Society of Municipal Finance Officers hosted a free webinar on Jan. 9 to review how proposed CalPERS changes will affect cities. The webinar presentation slides are available online. 
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