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Flawed RDA Proposal Fails to Move in Senate; Will Assembly Develop an Alternative?

August 28, 2015
It was déjà vu all over again on Wednesday when the Senate Budget and Fiscal Review Committee cancelled its Aug. 27 hearing on AB 113 (Committee on Budget), the Department of Finance (DOF)-sponsored redevelopment dissolution bill.

League Hot and Priority Bill Update; End of Session Nears

August 28, 2015
Friday is the deadline to amend bills in the Legislature.

End of Session Signature/Veto Requests Webinar Scheduled for Sept. 15

August 28, 2015
The Legislature will wrap up the first year of the 2015-16 legislative session on Sept. 11 and then Gov. Jerry Brown will have until Oct. 11 to sign or veto all bills.

California City Solutions: Grass Valley’s Center for the Arts Creates Community Pride, Expands Economic Development

August 28, 2015
This story is part of an ongoing series featuring Helen Putnam Award entries.

HUD Secretary Asks Mayors to Join Sept. 4 Conference Call on Veteran Homelessness

August 28, 2015
California mayors are invited to join a conference call on Sept. 4 with Housing and Urban Development (HUD) Secretary Julián Castro to discuss what mayors can personally do to engage their communities, and particularly private landlords, in the Mayors Challenge to End Veteran Homelessness.

Surveying City Managers on Climate Change Action Planning

August 26, 2015
The League of California Cities® and the Institute for Local Government (ILG) are surveying city managers regarding local climate action planning. Up to $3 billion dollars in Cap-and-Trade emissions auction funds will be distributed over the next two years. 

EPA to Host Webinar on Aug. 27 on New Clean Water Rule

August 26, 2015
The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is working to ensure that stakeholders understand the new federal Clean Water Rule (a.k.a. the Waters of the U.S./WOTUS rule) that will go into effect on Aug. 28.

Cities Take Center Stage in Nashville

August 26, 2015
The National League of Cities is excited to invite you to Nashville this year for their annual Congress of Cities Conference — the largest gathering of city leaders in the country.

California’s Local Streets and Roads and State Highway System Need Investment Says Fix Our Roads Coalition in Sacramento Bee Op-ed

August 25, 2015
“Roads fix must put real dent in repair backlog” reads the headline of an op-ed in today’s Sacramento Bee penned by the executive directors of the three organizations that founded the Fix Our Roads Coalition.

League Testifies at CalPERS Board Workshop on Lowering Investment Volatility Risk

August 24, 2015
The CalPERS Board of Administration conducted a workshop on Aug. 19 to examine whether to implement a long-term strategy to reduce investment volatility risk by gradually implementing a long-term rate hike, a move designed to prevent future rate hike spikes as well.

California City Solutions: Volunteers Help Beautify Public Places in South San Francisco

August 21, 2015
This story is part of an ongoing series featuring Helen Putnam Award entries.

Transportation Dominates Policy Discussion in Capitol and Throughout California

August 21, 2015
With legislators back in the Capitol after their month-long recess, the special session on transportation funding was front and center this week with the first committee hearing on specific legislation and several events in Northern and Southern California.

DOF, Senate Again Attempt to Move RDA Trailer Bill, AB 113 Set Thursday, Aug. 27

August 21, 2015
Here we go again. An end-of-session effort to move the Department of Finance’s (DOF) bill, AB 113 (Committee on Budget), was launched today when the Senate File revealed that the bill has been set for Thursday, Aug. 27 in the Senate Budget Committee. 

Limited Space Available for Mobile Tour of the San José Environmental Innovation Center during the 2015 Annual Conference & Expo

August 21, 2015
There are 20 spots for a special tour of the San José Environmental Innovation Center on Wednesday, Sept. 3 before the start of the League’s 2015 Annual Conference in San José.

Local Jurisdictions Must Contract with BOE for Collection of Local Charges on Prepaid Mobile Telephony Services by Sept. 1

August 21, 2015
Beginning Jan. 1, 2016, AB 1717 requires local jurisdictions to contract with the California State Board of Equalization (BOE) in order to receive revenue from local utility user taxes (UUT), local 911 charges, and any other local charges imposed on consumers of prepaid mobile services.

League Members to Consider Four Resolutions during Annual Business Meeting on Oct. 2

August 19, 2015
League members have an opportunity to directly weigh in and shape League policy through the annual conference resolution process.

WEBINAR: Employee Relations Webinar Will Discuss Pending Legislation

August 19, 2015
The League of California Cities® Personnel and Employee Relations Department is hosting the next installment in its webinar series on Tuesday, Aug. 25 at 10 a.m. League staff will discuss bills moving through the legislative process.

State Traffic Amnesty Program Could Help Cities Recover Portion of Unpaid Traffic Ticket Fines

August 19, 2015
Local agencies could collect additional amounts of unpaid traffic and non-traffic fines under an amnesty program approved recently as part of the state budget.

The League and Cities Gear up for Legislature’s Return on Aug. 17

August 14, 2015
When legislators are back in the Capitol on Monday, they will have just four weeks — until Sept. 11 — to complete their work for the first year of the two-year 2015-16 legislative session.

Major Bills Still in Play as Legislature’s Deadline Looms

August 14, 2015
The Legislature reconvenes on Monday with 26 days left to act on proposed legislation.
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