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Budget Committees Finish Work, Negotiations to Continue in Joint Conference Committee

May 29, 2015
The Assembly Budget Committee on Wednesday adopted the FY 2015-16 budget reports from its budget subcommittees by a vote of 15-8, moving it to the full joint-house Budget Conference Committee.

Update: 2015 League Hot and Priority Bill Status; Transportation, Housing Bills Move to Floor

May 29, 2015
Three League of California Cities-supported bills that together could provide billions of dollars for much-needed maintenance of city streets and millions more for affordable housing programs passed out of Appropriations on Thursday during suspense hearings upon adjournment of session.

Future CalPERS Rate Increases Being Studied to Manage Fund Risk and Volatility

May 29, 2015
City officials who have just stretched to accommodate the current round of CalPERS rate increases into their FY 2015-16 budgets are STRONGLY urged to tune in next week for a CalPERS webinar explaining the options the CalPERS Board of Administration is studying to reduce risk and volatility in the fund.

One Week Left to Submit 2016 City Managers Department Meeting Session Proposals

May 29, 2015
The deadline to submit a request for a session proposal for the 2016 City Managers Department Meeting is fast approaching.

New Federal Water Rules Released

May 29, 2015
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers on Wednesday announced new water rules that enhance and clarify protections under the Clean Water Act.

California City Solutions: Palm Springs Becomes Bike-Friendly with New Infrastructure

May 29, 2015
This story is part of an ongoing series featuring Helen Putnam Award entries.

2016 Public Works Officers Institute Call for Proposals

May 28, 2015
Do you want to help build the 2016 Public Works Officers Institute program? 

Legislation to Make Transition to District-Based Elections More Efficient Now in the Assembly

May 27, 2015
League-supported SB 493 (Canella) would enable city councils to use the ordinance process to convert to a by-district election system, avoiding costly litigation or the expense of an election to garner voter approval on the ballot.

2016 Planning Commissioners Academy Call for Proposals

May 27, 2015
Do you want to help build the 2016 Planning Commissioners Academy program? 

Water Board to Offer Three In-Person Drinking Water State Revolving Fund and Proposition 1 Workshops in June

May 27, 2015
The State Water Resources Control Board’s (SWRCB) Division of Financial Assistance will be holding a Drinking Water State Revolving Fund (DWSRF) and Proposition 1 Public Workshop at three California locations in June.

Cost of Homelessness in Santa Clara County Detailed in New Report, Highlights How Housing First Policies Help the Homeless and Save Taxpayer Dollars

May 27, 2015
The San Jose Mercury News on May 26 published an article on a report released Tuesday estimating that Santa Clara County spent over $3 billion on the county’s homeless population between 2007 and 2012.

Governor’s Environmental and Economic Leadership Awards Now Open for Applications

May 27, 2015
The online application period to apply for the state’s most prestigious environmental achievement award is now open.

Webinar for Healthy Planning Scheduled for June 11

May 27, 2015
The State Office of Planning and Research (OPR) announced that it will hold its Healthy Planning Leadership Series: What’s New, What Matters, What’s Next on June 11, from 1–2 p.m.

Bills in Committee: May 25-29

May 22, 2015
The focus in the Legislature has transitioned from legislative policy committees to fiscal impacts of bills, the 2015-16 budget negotiations, and action by the full Assembly and Senate.

June 11 Webinar on Industrial Stormwater Permit

May 22, 2015
The State Water Resources Board and the League of California Cities are co-sponsoring a free webinar for city staff on the new Industrial Storm Water Permit from 10-11:30 a.m. on Thursday, June 11.

California City Solutions: Fontana Advertises Small Businesses to Boost Economic Development

May 22, 2015
This story is part of an ongoing series featuring Helen Putnam Award entries.

Make Use of Remaining Training Funds and Attend One of the League Events Now Open for Registration

May 22, 2015
Do you have training funds left in your FY 2014-15 budget?

NLC to Host Sustainability Coordinator Workshop in Colorado Aug. 9-13

May 22, 2015
The Sustainable Cities Institute at the National League of Cities is hosting a special four-day conference for sustainability professionals in collaboration with the Shadowcliff Institute.

Senate Budget Subcommittee Passes Redevelopment Proposal with Chair Expressing Concern with Problematic Provisions, Assembly Budget Subcommittee to Vote on Framework Today

May 21, 2015
Legislators heard the voice of California cities loud and clear yesterday as representatives from cities throughout California lined up to testify in opposition to the Department of Finance’s (DOF) redevelopment dissolution proposal in the May Budget Revise.

Water Board Approves New Guidelines for Drinking Water

May 20, 2015
Yesterday, the State Water Resources Control Board (SWRCB) approved new guidelines for $19 million in funding to help public agencies, community water systems, nonprofit organizations and tribal governments to assist those communities with emergency drinking water needs.  
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