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Governor Brown Announces New Drought Legislation to Help Locals Enforce Water Conservation Requirements

April 29, 2015
Gov. Jerry Brown on Tuesday held a meeting with a group of mayors to discuss the drought and release preliminary details on legislation he is proposing to help with the enforcement of water restrictions.

Comprehensive Medical Marijuana Legislation Passes First Committee

April 29, 2015
The Assembly Business and Professions Committee on a unanimous 12-0 bipartisan vote yesterday passed AB 266 (Cooley).

Senate Transportation Funding Proposal Moves to Next Committee

April 29, 2015
Sen. Jim Beall (D-San Jose) presented his transportation funding proposal on Tuesday before the Senate Committee on Transportation and Housing, the committee he chairs.

Comments on Proposed Emergency Water Conservation Regulations due May 4

April 29, 2015
The Proposed Emergency Regulation to implement the urban water conservation called for in Gov. Jerry Brown’s April 1 Executive Order is now available on the State Water Resources Control Board website.

League Updates Hot and Priority Bills List

April 28, 2015
Compiled as April 29’s Legislative Action Day approaches, this list spotlights Hot Bills — those of greatest importance to cities — while highlighting others upon which the League has taken a support or oppose position.

League Gears Up for 2015 Legislative Action Day

April 24, 2015
Every April brings hundreds of city officials to Sacramento as part of the League’s Legislative Action Day.

Policy Summit on Environmental Impacts and Public Safety Issues Arising from Illegal Marijuana Grow Sites Scheduled Next Week

April 24, 2015
The League of California Cities is holding a policy summit on illegal marijuana grows and the significant environmental and public safety impacts as a result of the adopted 2014 resolution brought to the League’s General Assembly by the Redwood Empire Division.

California Supreme Court Denies Review of Emeryville Re-entered Agreement Decision

April 24, 2015
The California Supreme Court on April 22 denied review of the Third District Court of Appeal’s decision in City of Emeryville v. Cohen.

Bills in Committee: April 27-May 1

April 24, 2015
Next week promises to be busy for the League and our member cities. A number of hot bills, including medical marijuana and the Senate transportation proposal, are up for their first legislative hearings on Tuesday.

Legislative Transparency Bill Supported by League

April 24, 2015
The League took a support position this week on ACA 1 (Olsen), which would require legislation to be in print or posted online for at least 72 hours prior to a vote on its final passage in either legislative house.

California City Solutions: Lancaster Maximizes Energy and Savings on Solar

April 24, 2015
This story is part of an ongoing series featuring Helen Putnam Award entries.

Application Period Closes May 8 for League Board of Directors At-Large Position and Second Vice President

April 24, 2015
There are only three weeks left for elected officials to apply for one of the six at-large positions (two-year term) or second vice president (one-year term) positions open on the League of California Cities’ board of directors.

Volunteer Judges Needed for the 2015 Helen Putnam Award for Excellence Application Submissions

April 24, 2015
Now that the 2015 Helen Putnam Award for Excellence applications have been submitted it’s time to score them and determine the winning cities.

Be Recognized for Your Dedication to Continuing Education and Service through the Mayors and Council Members Leadership Academy

April 24, 2015
Elected city officials who complete the Mayors and Council Members Leadership Academy’s continuing education program can be recognized by the League of California Cities in a variety of ways.  

National Travel & Tourism Week Offers Economic Development Opportunities and Inspiration

April 24, 2015
With California’s tourism industry on the cusp of unprecedented growth this year, there’s no better time to celebrate National Travel & Tourism Week, which this year is May 2-10.

Court Issues Long-Anticipated Ruling on Conservation Water Rates and Proposition 218

April 21, 2015
On Monday, the Court of Appeal issued its decision analyzing whether conservation water rates (also known as tiered water rates or inclining block rates) are consistent with the provisions of Proposition 218 that a fee charged to a property owner shall not exceed the proportional cost of the service attributable to the property.

Comments on Draft Emergency Water Conservation Regulations Due April 22

April 20, 2015
The Draft Emergency Regulation to implement the urban water conservation called for in the Governor’s April 1 Executive Order is now available on the State Water Resources Control Board website.

Legislative Bills in Committee: April 20-24

April 17, 2015
With the Legislature’s policy committees now in full swing, the League will begin regularly updating members on upcoming hearings on bills of interest to cities.

CalPERS Seeks Comments on Designating the Decision in Compensation Earnings Matter as Precedential

April 17, 2015
The California Public Employees’ Retirement System (CalPERS) Legal Office is requesting public comments from contracting agencies in regards to a proposed decision issued by an Administrative Law Judge that was adopted by the CalPERS’ board on Dec. 12, 2012.

California and Other State’s Economies Gain through Exports Says Federal Report

April 17, 2015
American exports one of the most integral components to the U.S. economy as a whole and that of each of the 50 states.
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