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Governor Signs Bill Protecting Code Enforcement Officer

August 31, 2016
Less than a week after the bill reached his desk, Gov. Jerry Brown on Aug. 30 signed AB 2228 (Cooley) into law.

Approval of SB 879 in Final Hours of Legislative Session Would Be Important Step in Solving Housing Crisis

August 31, 2016
With just hours left before the close of this legislative session, the League is urging the Legislature and Gov. Jerry Brown to support SB 879 (Beall), the proposed $3 billion general obligation housing bond.

Sept. 2 Annual Conference Registration Deadline Fast Approaching

August 31, 2016
Just a few days remain before the registration deadline for the 2016 League of California Cities® Annual Conference & Expo.

California Earned Income Tax Credit Questions and Answers Document Available for Grant Applicants

August 31, 2016
The Department of Community Services and Development (CSD) posted a Questions and Answers sheet following the release of its Notice of Funding Availability (NOFA) last week, inviting interested parties to apply for funding to provide education and outreach services regarding the California Earned Income Tax Credit (Cal EITC).

SB 1069 Erodes Local Control and Fails to Provide True Solution to State’s Need for More Affordable Housing

August 30, 2016
There is no arguing that California has a housing problem. Rent and housing costs continue to increase and California’s affordable housing stock is not sufficient to meet the needs of the state’s residents, especially in some of the most congested areas.

League Removes Opposition to Development Bonus Legislation

August 30, 2016
The League last week removed its opposition to AB 1934 (Santiago), legislation on development bonuses.

HUD Announces Grant to Help Communities Support Needs of Homeless Youth

August 30, 2016
The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) will select up to 10 communities to participate in the Youth Homelessness Demonstration Program (YHDP) to develop and execute a coordinated community approach to preventing and ending youth homelessness.

No Place Like Home Program Analysis

August 26, 2016
Gov. Jerry Brown on July 1 signed into law the No Place Like Home program (AB 1618, Chapter 43, Statutes of 2016).

Helpful Clean Up to Last Year’s CRIA Law Goes to Governor

August 26, 2016
The Assembly on a bipartisan vote on Monday passed AB 2492 (Alejo and Garcia),

League-Sponsored Bond Agency Issues $11.5 Million in Tax-Exempt Bonds for Affordable Housing Apartments in Fresno

August 26, 2016
Some of the most significant benefits of League membership for cities since 1988 have flowed from the League’s co-sponsorship of the California Statewide Communities Development Authority (CSCDA).

$7.4 Billion Transportation Funding Proposal Introduced, $2.5 Billion for Local Streets and Roads

August 25, 2016
Sen. Jim Beall (D-San Jose) and Assembly Member Jim Frazier (D-Oakley) have formally introduced the two bills that would generate $7.4 billion annually with $2.5 billion for local streets and roads. 

Demographics are Destiny and Costly

August 24, 2016
AB 2835’s (Cooper) estimated $350 million annual cost will only grow as new employees become the new norm. Cities will face workforce demands as baby-boomers turn retirement age.

Bill Protecting Code Enforcement Officers Heads to Governor

August 24, 2016
Legislation establishing the Code Enforcement Officers Standards Act is now on Gov. Jerry Brown’s desk.

Legislation Giving State Appointments to SCAQMD Threatens Local Control

August 24, 2016
Amendments taken last week to SB 1387 (de León) do not rectify the bad precedent this legislation establishes by giving state additional authority over appointments to a regional board.

High-Speed Broadband in California Public Libraries

August 24, 2016
The California State Library, joined together with The Califa Group and the Corporation for Education Network Initiatives in California (CENIC) to bring high-speed broadband to all of California’s public libraries by connecting to CalREN, a high-capacity 3,800-mile fiber optic network.

Make Plans to Attend the Speaker Theater during Annual Conference

August 24, 2016
Speaker Theater sessions are once again being planned for this year’s Annual Conference & Expo, Oct. 5-7 in Long Beach.

AB 1217: The Opening Wedge to State Take-Over of Joint Powers Authorities

August 24, 2016
A bill on its way to Gov. Jerry Brown’s desk will establish the legal precedent for state interference in the governance of local joint powers authorities (JPAs). AB 1217 (Daly) is limited in scope to the Orange County Fire Authority, but opens the door to state micromanagement of JPAs throughout California.

Application Period Opening Oct. 1 for Community-Based Transitional-Housing Grants

August 24, 2016
Cities interested in obtaining grants as an incentive to help house and provide transitional services to recently released offenders returning to their communities should prepare now to apply for a new Department of Finance (DOF) program that will offer cash grants to communities willing to site additional facilities.

Chris McKenzie Announces Retirement Later This Year; League Board Begins Nationwide Search for Successor

August 23, 2016
League of California Cities® Executive Director Chris McKenzie informed the League board of directors in late June that after 17 years in the position and 40 years in public service overall, he intends to retire from the post later this year.

League Health Benefits Marketplace Webinars for HR Directors Wednesday, Aug. 31 and Thursday, Sept. 1

August 23, 2016
Cities are invited to participate in two upcoming League webinars about the new healthcare and OPEB liability cost-reduction option that is now available to cities through the League’s Health Benefits Marketplace (HBM).
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