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Second in Series of Workforce Wellness Webinars Scheduled for May 1

April 21, 2014
The next webinar in the Cities for Workforce Health series, sponsored by the League’s Partner program, will be held on Thursday, May 1 from 11 a.m. to 12 p.m. This free webinar will focus on optimizing participation in workforce wellness programs.

California City Solutions: West Hollywood Creates Tools to Make Art a Part of the Community

April 18, 2014
This story is part of an ongoing series featuring Helen Putnam Award for Excellence program 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. West Hollywood’s Urban Art Program was submitted in 2013 for the Economic Development through the Arts award category.

Western City Article on Controversial Bay-Delta Conservation Plan Wins Award

April 18, 2014
The California Association of Public Information Officials (CAPIO) recognized the League of California Cities’ Western City magazine for its article, “The Bay-Delta Conservation Plan: An Overview and Local Perspectives.”

League of California Cities Issues Statement on Good Government, Transparency and the Sentencing of Former Bell City Manager Robert Rizzo

April 16, 2014
With the announcement today of former Bell City Manager Robert Rizzo on 69 counts of public corruption, the League of California Cities reiterated the organization’s stance on good government and transparency.

Senate President Pro Tem Steinberg Announces Cap and Trade Proposal

April 14, 2014
Today League Executive Director Chris McKenzie joined Senate President Pro Tem Darrell Steinberg (D-Sacramento) along with other transportation and housing stakeholders at a press conference to announce legislation that would allocate revenues from Cap and Trade auctions to various transportation and housing programs.

North Bay Division Holds Second Candidate Forum in Novato

April 14, 2014
The North Bay Division of the League of California Cities and the North Bay Leadership Council held the League’s second legislative candidate forum last Friday in Novato.

Local Governments Set to Re-Launch PACE Energy Efficiency Program this Summer

April 14, 2014
Millions of California homeowners will be able to more easily save money by reducing their energy and water use through an innovative public-private financing partnership for energy and water efficiency projects with the decision to re-launch the nation’s largest Property Assessed Clean Energy (PACE) program.

Sexual Harassment Avoidance Training Offered April 28

April 14, 2014
Best Best & Krieger (BB&K) is offering AB 1825 — Sexual Harassment Avoidance Training at all of the California BB&K offices through two-way video conferencing services on Monday, April 28 from 9-11 a.m.

League and CalPERS Staff to Request One Month Delay on Changes to Risk Pools to Brief Cities and Request Feedback

April 11, 2014
In 2003 CalPERS implemented risk pooling to protect employers with less than 100 active members against large fluctuations in employer contribution rates caused by disabilities and other unexpected demographic events.

California City Solutions: Antioch Creates Natural Burrowing Owl Preserve with New Community Center Development

April 11, 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. Antioch’s Natural Burrowing Owl Preserve Project was submitted in 2013 for the Planning and Environmental Quality award category.

Last Chance to Submit Your City’s Innovative Program for the Helen Putnam Awards in Excellence Program

April 9, 2014
Tomorrow is the deadline for member cities to enter outstanding city programs for the League Partner-sponsored Helen Putnam Awards for Excellence.

Calling all California Cities! Share Your City’s Promotional Video

April 9, 2014
The Governor’s Office of Business and Economic Development (GO-Biz) is looking for amazing promotional videos that showcase California’s incredible beauty and economic dynamism.

Hot Bill Directing Cap-and-Trade Revenues to Local Pollution Reduction Efforts Passes Committee

April 7, 2014
A bill providing competitive funding grants for local governments to develop and implement greenhouse gas (GHG) reduction projects passed its first legislative hurdle today.

Deadline Tomorrow for Legislative Candidate Questionnaires

April 7, 2014
As reported in February, for the first time, the League of California Cities distributed a candidate questionnaire to all 2014 legislative candidates to capture their perspectives on issues that are significant to California cities

Assembly Approves Resolution Stating Opposition to “Outsourcing of Public Services and Assets

April 4, 2014
On Thursday morning, the Assembly approved House Resolution 29 stating its opposition to local public service outsourcing. The measure passed by a slim majority of 42-22 with 12 Democrats and one Republican abstaining. 

Court of Appeal Rules Private Communications Sent to and from Personal Electronic Devices Are Not Subject to Public Records Act

April 4, 2014
The California Court of Appeal issued its ruling in City of San Jose v. Superior Court (Smith) on March 27, reversing a 2013 decision by the Santa Clara County Superior Court that ordered the city to provide electronic communications concerning a development project sent from or received on officials’ private personal electronic devices.

California City Solutions: Saratoga Uses Pizza and Politics to Engage Youth in Government

April 4, 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. Saratoga’s Pizza and Politics for Youth in City Government program was submitted in 2013 for the Ruth Vreeland Award for Engaging Youth in City Government award category.

Legislation Proposes New City Incorporation, Annexation Fix

March 28, 2014
A previous legislative effort seeking restoration of funding to newly incorporated cities and cities that annexed inhabited territory after 2004 has been revived this year in a two-bill package — SB 69 (Roth) and AB 1521 (Fox).

Three Cities and Three Counties Honored with Outstanding Local Streets and Roads Project Awards

March 28, 2014
The Public Works Officers’ Institute on Thursday announced the winners of the first-ever 2014 Outstanding Local Streets and Roads Projects Awards at its annual meeting in Sacramento.

Senate Votes to Suspend Three Senators

March 28, 2014
Earlier this morning, the California State Senate voted to suspend three Democratic Senators accused of crimes ranging from political corruption to conspiracy to traffic firearms.
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