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League and CSAC Submit Formal Comments on California Transportation Commission Draft SB 1 Implementation Guidelines

July 14, 2017
The California Transportation Committee (CTC) released its Draft Local Streets and Roads Program Reporting Guidelines on Friday June 30 for the implementation of SB 1 (Beall), the landmark transportation funding package that Gov. Jerry Brown signed into law in April. 

Assembly Communications and Conveyance Committee Ignores City Officials’ Opposition and Passes SB 649

July 13, 2017
A growing coalition of community leaders and local elected officials vowed to continue their fight to defeat what the Los Angeles Times called “an audacious power grab” by telecom giants that will undermine local control, and transfer hundreds of millions of dollars from key government services to the bottom line of the world’s largest wireless companies. 

Bills in Committee July 17 – 18

July 13, 2017
The Legislature adjourns on July 21 for its month-long summer recess but between now and then, the Capitol will be extremely busy.

SB 540, Legislation by Senator Roth to Increase Housing Production, Passes Assembly Natural Resources Committee

July 11, 2017
Monday afternoon, SB 540 by Sen. Richard D. Roth (D-Riverside) passed the Assembly Natural Resources Committee on a bipartisan vote.

New Cap-and-Trade Extension Plan Introduced

July 11, 2017
Gov. Jerry Brown, Senate President Pro Tem Kevin de Leon (D-Los Angeles) and Assembly Speaker Anthony Rendon (D-Lakewood) on July 10 announced a new Cap-and-Trade extension plan and accompanying air quality program. The proposal was introduced in bill form late Monday.

Call for Sessions Open for the 2018 Planning Commissioners Academy

July 11, 2017
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Bills in Committee July 10 – 18

July 7, 2017
This upcoming week will be very busy in the Capitol with dozens of bills the League is tracking scheduled in committee.

New Playground Solutions Contract Available to Cities Through League-Sponsored U.S. Communities Program

July 7, 2017
U.S. Communities, the League-sponsored government purchasing alliance, is excited to announce that the new U.S. Communities contract for playground equipment, outdoor fitness equipment, site accessories, surfacing and related products and services was awarded to GameTime and KOMPAN.

ILG Launches Governments Engaging Youth Toolkit

July 7, 2017
The Institute for Local Government (ILG) recently released a new online toolkit to support and enhance youth civic engagement and work-based learning efforts.

FPPC Offices to Move Later this Month

July 7, 2017
The Fair Practices Political Practices Commission (FPPC) will be moving on July 21 with the office reopening for business on Monday, July 24.

Department Now Taking Applications to Serve on Executive Committee

July 7, 2017
The Mayors and Council Members Department of the League of California Cities® is now seeking applicants for the department Executive Committee.

California Transportation Commission Releases Draft SB 1 Implementation Guidelines

July 3, 2017
The California Transportation Committee (CTC) released its Draft Local Streets and Roads Program Reporting Guidelines  last Friday for the implementation of SB 1 (Beall), the landmark transportation funding package that was signed into law in April 28.

League Board Votes to Support SB 231

July 3, 2017
The League of California Cities’® board of directors voted over the weekend to support SB 231 by Sen. Bob Hertzberg (D-Van Nuys), which would add storm water to the definition of “sewer” in the Proposition 218 Omnibus Implementation Act.

Assembly Local Government Committee Passes Bill that Limits Local Discretion, Revenues and Public Benefits

June 30, 2017
San José Mayor Sam Liccardo led a delegation of mayors and council members who joined local government advocates and others in the Assembly Local Government Committee hearing room on Wednesday afternoon to oppose SB 649 (Hueso).

League-Sponsored Housing Bill Passes First Assembly Committee

June 30, 2017
The Assembly Local Government Committee on June 28 unanimously passed League-sponsored SB 540 (Roth).

Legislature Considers Short-Term Changes to Bottle Bill Program

June 30, 2017
While the Legislature passed the FY 2017-18 budget several weeks ago, a number of budget-related issues remain under consideration by the Legislature and Gov. Jerry Brown.

Bills in Committee and Legislative Hearings of Interest July 5 – 12

June 30, 2017
Legislative policy committee hearings are in full swing with many bills affecting cities set to be heard in the coming weeks.

League-Sponsored Bond Agency Issues $96.1 Million in Tax-Exempt Bonds for Community Hospital in Monterey

June 30, 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).

Take Action: SB 649 up in Assembly Local Government Committee on June 28

June 23, 2017
Nearly 150 cities, and the League of California Cities®, remain opposed to SB 649 (as amended June 20) related to the permitting of wireless and small cell telecommunications facilities.

ACA 4 Offers Flexibility for Local Financing of Infrastructure and Affordable Housing

June 23, 2017
Financing the repair and upgrade of infrastructure and addressing affordable housing needs is one of the greatest challenges facing cities and counties in the coming decades.
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