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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. 

De Facto Prohibition on Contracting Measure to be heard in Assembly Appropriations on May 10

May 9, 2017
AB 1250 (Jones-Sawyer) is a gut-and-amend bill that greatly restricts cities and counties’ ability to enter into contracts for essential services.

State Senate Proposes Restructured Cap-and-Trade System

May 9, 2017
Last week, Senate President pro Tempore Kevin De Leon (D-Los Angeles) and Sen. Bob Wieckowski (D-Fremont) unveiled a plan to pass a restructured Cap-and-Trade program.

May is Tourism Month; Share Pictures of Your City’s Most Scenic Locations

May 9, 2017
Cities are invited to celebrate Tourism Month by sharing pictures via Twitter, Facebook, Instagram and the Team California app of the sites that attract visitors to your cities.

SB 35’s Proposed Bureaucracy May Not Result in Much Affordable Housing

May 5, 2017
The notion that cities are the major impediment to the state’s current housing production challenges is the underlying rationale behind SB 35 (Wiener), one of the bills moving in the Legislature this year. 

League President Solicits Coastal City Officials to Serve on Coastal Cities Issues Group (CCIG) Leadership Committee

May 5, 2017
League President JoAnne Mounce is soliciting six elected officials, one from each of the six regions within the coastal zone, to serve on a new Leadership Committee of the League’s Coastal Cities Issues Group (CCIG).

AB 345 Seeks to Strengthen Local Enforcement Tools for Ordinances and Building Codes

May 5, 2017
Cities facing challenges enforcing their local ordinances and building and safety codes should consider supporting AB 345 (Ridley-Thomas).

Lawmakers Continue to Negotiate Park Bond Proposals

May 5, 2017
Legislators have proposed two measures to place two different park (and water) bond proposals on the June 2018 statewide ballot.

League Submits Comments to ARB for 2030 Scoping Plan

May 5, 2017
The League of California Cities® recently submitted comments to the Air Resources Board (ARB) on the draft of the 2017 Climate Change Scoping Plan Update.

Volunteer Judges Needed for Helen Putnam Award for Excellence Program

May 5, 2017
The 2017 Helen Putnam Award for Excellence program applications have been submitted and now it is time to score them to determine who the winning cities are for each of the 11 categories.

Bills in Committee May 8 – 15

May 5, 2017
The Legislative hearing committee schedule is in full swing and Gov. Jerry Brown is expected to release his revised FY 2017-18 budget proposal next week.

BOE Launches Cannabis Information Listserv

May 5, 2017
The Board of Equalization (BOE) has created a new Listserv for individuals interested in receiving the most up-to-date information about the Adult Use of Marijuana Act of 2016 (Proposition 64) and compliance with the various tax laws associated with the cultivation and sales of cannabis and cannabis products in California.

California Multi-Unit Housing Construction Hits 26-Year High

May 2, 2017
When it comes to apartment construction, California cities are clearly doing their part according to a new demographic report by the California Department of Finance (DOF), which indicates that apartment construction in the state is at a 26-year high.

Updated Local Streets and Roads Estimates Fact Sheet Now Available

May 2, 2017
Following Gov. Jerry Brown’s signature on SB 1, the Road Repair and Accountability Act last Friday, Michael Coleman, the League’s fiscal consultant, has updated the fact sheet on local Highway Users Tax Account (HUTA).

League Opposes Effort to Cut CDBG Economic Development Funds for Small Cities

May 2, 2017
The League issued an action alert and an opposition letter earlier today on proposed trailer bill language sponsored by the Department of Housing and Community Development (HCD) that proposes major changes to the Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) program, including provisions that would significantly reduce funds available for local economic development.

Local Governments to Play an Essential Role in Re-launched Energy Upgrade California Program

May 2, 2017
California is famous for its innovative and pioneering spirit.

Governor Signs SB 1

April 28, 2017
Gov. Jerry Brown today signed SB 1 (Beall), the Road Recovery and Repair Act of 2017. SB 1 generates $5.2 billion annually for California’s state and local transportation system. Cities and counties will receive $1.5 billion annually to fix local streets and roads.

Senate Governance and Finance Committee Votes to Limit Local Control and Revenue over Installation of “Small Cell” Equipment

April 28, 2017
Despite opposition from at least 90 cities across the state to SB 649 (Hueso), the Senate Governance and Finance Committee unanimously voted (7-0) to limit local control and revenue from the installation of “small cell” equipment on all public property within and out of the public right-of-way (PROW).
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