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Bill Seeking to Expand Death Benefits for Firefighters Goes to Governor for Third Time

May 6, 2014
Will the third time be the charm or strike three for a bill that would dramatically increase local government workers’ compensation costs?

Supreme Court Upholds Invocations at the Beginning of Local Government Council Meetings

May 5, 2014
 In a 5-4 decision, the United States Supreme Court held today that the town of Greece, N.Y. did not violate the First Amendment prohibition on establishment of religion by opening its meetings with a legislative invocation or prayer. The Town of Greece, New York v. Galloway decision is available online.

League Board Votes to Support Initiative to Help Fund Multi-Family Housing for Veterans

May 2, 2014
The League board of directors last Thursday voted to support Proposition 41 on the June 2014 statewide ballot, a measure that would restructure the veterans’ bond program so that more veterans can take advantage of unspent bond funds.

League Board Supports Legislation to Regulate Electronic Cigarettes

May 2, 2014
On April 24 the League board of directors took action to support two measures that seek to regulate e-cigarettes on the same manner as tobacco products: AB 1500 (Dickenson) and SB 648 (Corbett).

League Board Approves Water Bond Task Force Recommendations

May 2, 2014
The current California drought has resulted in the introduction of several legislative water bond proposals in addition to the $11.1 billion plan already on the November 2014 statewide ballot.

California City Solutions: Rialto Addresses Childhood Obesity with Fit4Kids Program

May 2, 2014
This story is part of an ongoing series featuring Helen Putnam Award entries. These entries are also now available on the League’s website as a resource for cities in a searchable database called California City Solutions. Rialto’s Healthy Rialto Fit4Kids program was submitted in 2013 for the Health and Wellness award category.

League Holds Candidate Forum in American Canyon, Second for North Bay Division

May 2, 2014
The League of California Cities’ North Bay Division, the American Canyon Chamber of Commerce and the Napa Chamber of Commerce held the League’s third legislative candidate forum Wednesday afternoon in American Canyon.

Crucial Doctor Provisions Deleted from Medical Marijuana Bill in Senate Health Committee

May 1, 2014
Significant amendments were taken in the Senate Health Committee on Wednesday to SB 1262 (Correa) that removed nearly all provisions that would have regulated physicians. The committee passed the bill on a 6-0 vote.

Governor Brown Discusses Policy Priorities with League Board of Directors

April 30, 2014
Gov. Jerry Brown met with the League board of directors last Thursday during their meeting in Sacramento. The almost-one hour discussion focused on a wide range of issues facing the state and local governments throughout California.

Free Webinar for Members on Proposed Changes in Risk Pooling for Small Public Agencies

April 28, 2014
The League, California Public Employees’ Retirement System (CalPERS) Chief Actuary Alan Milligan and  Deputy Chief Actuary David Lamoureux are hosting an informative webinar on the recently proposed changes to pension risk pools for CalPERS agencies with less than 100 employees as a result of the 2012 pension reform.

City Officials Engage Legislators on Local Priorities during Legislative Action Day

April 28, 2014
Nearly 200 local officials attended the League’s 2014 Legislative Action Day on Wednesday, April 23 in Sacramento to advocate on behalf of cities.

2014 League Hot and Priority Bill List

April 28, 2014
The 2014 Legislative Session is in full swing and there is no shortage of bills that have caught the League’s attention.

City Managers' Department Meeting Call for Proposals Now Open

April 25, 2014
City managers need to be knowledgeable in many fields. What can your department contribute to the education and success of your city manager?

California City Solutions: San Leandro Becomes A Destination for Innovation with Super-Fast Fiber Optic Network

April 25, 2014
This story is part of an ongoing series featuring Helen Putnam Award entries. These entries are also now available on the League’s website as a resource for cities in a searchable database called California City Solutions. Lit San Leandro was submitted in 2013 for the Community Services and Economic Development award category.

GRANT OPPORTUNITIES: Cities Encouraged to Apply for DOJ and NHPRC Grant Opportunities

April 25, 2014
The U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) and the National Historical Publications and Records Commission (NHPRC) are offering several grant opportunities of interest to cities and local governments.

Juvenile Accountability Block Grants Funding Availability Announced

April 25, 2014
The Board of State and Community Corrections (BSCC) recently announced a Notice of Funding Availability (NOFA) for Juvenile Accountability Block Grants (JABG) funding for FY 2014-15.

City Attorneys, Managers Invited to a Free Webinar After the U.S. Supreme Court Issues its Opinion on Prayer in Local Government Meetings

April 25, 2014
The Supreme Court's decision in Town of Greece v. Galloway may change allowable prayer practices before local government bodies and state legislatures.

League Immediate Past President Bogaard Joins Assembly Members Bonilla, Holden and Gomez to Unveil the Massage Therapy Act of 2014

April 23, 2014
City officials from throughout California participated in a news conference this morning with Assembly Members Susan Bonilla (D-Concord), Jimmy Gomez (D-Los Angeles) and Chris Holden (D-Pasadena) to announce a major reform measure to overhaul California's existing massage therapy law.

League Co-Sponsored Medical Marijuana Bill Passes First Legislative Committee Milestone

April 21, 2014
This afternoon the Senate Business, Professions and Economic Development Committee voted 8-0 to pass SB 1262 (Correa). The bill, sponsored by the California Police Chiefs Association and co-sponsored by the League, provides the first true regulatory framework for the implementation of Proposition 215 (the Compassionate Use Act).

Hundreds of City Officials Set to Descend Sacramento on Wednesday for Legislative Action Day

April 21, 2014
The League is preparing for a busy week in Sacramento with a number of key bills up in legislative policy committees and the organization’s annual Legislative Action Day.
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