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League Supports Legislation to Crack Down on Ex-Offenders Who Violate Terms of Post Release Community Supervision

May 31, 2017
The League of California Cities® announced its support for AB 1408 (Calderon), which will tighten up the rules in dealing with wayward ex-offenders on post-release community supervision.

Bills Restricting Local Control over Contracting and Small-Cell Siting Move to the Floor

May 26, 2017
Late this week the Senate and Assembly Appropriations Committees concluded their work on hundreds of bills pending on their Suspense Files.

SB 540 (Roth) to Streamline and Increase Housing Production Passes Out of Key Senate Committee

May 26, 2017
SB 540 (Roth) passed its fourth Senate committee on Thursday, May 25 when it cleared the Senate Committee on Appropriations.

President’s Proposed Budget would Eliminate CDBG, HOME; Cuts Other “Safety Net” Programs

May 26, 2017
President Donald Trump Administration’s Fiscal Year 2018 Budget was released on Tuesday.

U.S. Communities Holding Free Regional Summit on Cost-Saving Program June 7 in Santa Clara for Local Government Agency Officials

May 26, 2017
Join the League of California Cities® and the California State Association of Counties for a free regional event on Wednesday, June 7, 10:00 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at the Santa Clara Convention Center in Santa Clara to learn how public agencies can save time and money through the U.S. Communities program.

Webinar — Engaging Your Community through Surveys and Polls

May 26, 2017
Local governments throughout California are applying a variety of public engagement strategies and approaches to address issues ranging from land use and budgeting to climate change and public safety.

ILG Extends Deadline for Beacon Award Applications

May 26, 2017
The Institute for Local Government extended the deadline to submit data for this year’s Beacon Spotlight Award.

June 1 Legislative “Half-Time” Briefing on Priority Bills

May 26, 2017
Sports fans know that the final outcome is always decided after halftime; it’s no different in the California Legislature.

Update: 2017 Bill Status

May 26, 2017
The 2017 legislative year is half-way through and legislators have until Friday, June 2 to move bills out of the House of Origin.

Joint Task Force on Homelessness Holds Third Meeting

May 19, 2017
The CSAC-League Joint Task Force on Homelessness met in the League offices on Thursday, May 11.

Bills in Committee May 22 – 26

May 19, 2017
Late May is a busy time in the Capitol.

SB 649 — A “Small Cell” Bag of Empty Promises

May 16, 2017
Yesterday the League testified in the Senate Appropriations Committee in opposition to Sen. Ben Hueso’s (D-San Diego) SB 649, a bill relating to the permitting and leasing of public property for installation of “small cells.”

Governor Signs Legislation Restoring Funding to California’s Four Most Recently Incorporated Cities

May 12, 2017
Jurupa Valley, one of the four cities affected when the state swept the remaining shares of the city vehicle license fee (VLF) funds, was the site of Gov. Jerry Brown’s signing ceremony this morning for SB 130 (Committee on Budget and Fiscal Review).

Bills in Committee May 15 – 22

May 12, 2017
May 26 is the last day for fiscal policy committees to send bills to the floor and a week later is the June 2 House of Origin deadline.

League Opposes Uber/Lyft Bill Restricting Application of Business Licenses to Drivers

May 12, 2017
After some exploratory discussions with representatives of Uber and Lyft, sponsors of SB 182 (Bradford), the League ultimately opposed the measure.

Assembly Bill Strengthening Cities Ability to Use Inclusionary Housing Tool for Rental Units Moves to Senate

May 12, 2017
California cities are on the front lines of the state’s housing crisis and need tools to help encourage the development of more affordable units for residents.

Senate Energy, Utilities and Communications Committee Holds Hearing on 100 Percent Clean Energy Bill

May 12, 2017
Senate President pro Tem Kevin de León’s (D-Los Angeles) proposal to have California reliant on 100 percent clean energy by 2045 cleared its first policy committee hearing a week after being introduced.

League-Sponsored Bond Agency Issues $66.1 Million in Tax-Exempt Bonds for Affordable Housing in Roseville, Los Angeles and Hospital in Montebello

May 12, 2017
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).

Caution and Fiscal Restraint Dominate Governor’s Revised Budget Proposal

May 11, 2017
Gov. Jerry Brown held a press conference this morning to unveil his revised FY 2017-18 budget proposal.  Despite improved state revenue projections since January, Governor Brown continued to urge fiscal restraint, and cautioned that the next recession is long overdue. 
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