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California Supreme Court Hears Oral Argument in Highly Anticipated Pension Reform Case

December 6, 2018
The California Supreme Court heard oral argument on Wednesday, Dec. 5 in Cal Fire Local 2881 v. California Public Employees’ Retirement System — a case that may have important implications for cities struggling to address rising pension costs.

League Board Establishes 2019 Strategic Goals

December 3, 2018
The League Board of Directors, joined by leadership from the League’s divisions, departments, policy committees and diversity caucuses convened in Garden Grove last week for the annual League Leaders Workshop in a retreat setting to develop the organization’s strategic goals for 2019.

League’s 2018 Legislative Briefing Book Now Available Online

December 3, 2018
The League of California Cities® posted on its website a comprehensive summary of the 2018 Legislative and Ballot year, along with descriptions, divided by issue area, of the hundreds of bills of interest to cities that passed the Legislature and were signed into law by Gov. Jerry Brown.

League Comments on New Wildfire Mitigation Plans and Urges Cities to Submit Specific Impacts

December 3, 2018
The League recently submitted comments to the California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC) regarding CPUC’s new rulemaking that will require investor-owned utilities (IOUs) to develop wildfire mitigation plans. 

HCD Advises Using Revised CDBG Funding Applications to Apply for Grants for Small Cities and Counties

December 3, 2018
The California Department of Housing and Community Development (HCD) announced revised application forms for its almost $30 million in federal Community Development Block Grants.

AB 1661 Sexual Harassment Prevention Training Scheduled

November 30, 2018
Do you need to complete your state-mandated sexual harassment prevention training?

Register Ahead of Time for the New Mayors and Council Members Academies

November 30, 2018
The League’s New Mayors & Council Members Academies are quickly approaching, and cities are reminded to register early.

Submit City Managers’ Department Call for Distinct Award Nominations by Dec. 5

November 30, 2018
The City Managers’ Department Committee on Diverse Communities is seeking nominations for its Award for the Advancement of Diverse Communities.

Legislature to Convene for Brief Organization Session on Dec. 3 to Start 2019–20 Session

November 26, 2018
The Senate and Assembly will convene on Monday, Dec. 3, to organize their respective houses, elect leadership, adopt house rules and introduce initial bills for the 2019–20 Legislative Session.

Registration Deadline Extended for Three December Conferences

November 26, 2018
The registration deadline is being extended to Dec. 4 for the Fire Chiefs Leadership Seminar, Municipal Finance Institute and City Clerks New Law & Elections Seminar, with on-site registration available after that date.

Call for Session Proposals for Two Key Educational Conferences

November 26, 2018
The League of California Cities® is soliciting session proposals for two educational conferences, the 2019 Mayors and Council Members Executive Forum in June and the 2019 Annual Conference in October.

League-Sponsored Bond Agency Issues Nearly $16.5 Million in Tax-Exempt Bonds for Affordable Housing in Los Angeles

November 26, 2018
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).

California Supreme Court to Hear Oral Arguments on Pension Reform Case Next Month

November 13, 2018
The California Supreme Court announced last Thursday that it will hear oral arguments in an important pension reform case on Dec. 5, 2018.

League of California Cities Executive Director Appointed to NLC Task Force to Address Housing Crisis

November 13, 2018
The National League of Cities (NLC) announced today its appointment of League of California Cities® Executive Director Carolyn Coleman to the Task Force on Housing, a national task force to address how communities can better respond to the growing challenge of housing availability, affordability, investment and quality.

Cities Encouraged to Submit Comments for CPUC New Wildfire Mitigation Plans

November 13, 2018
The League is urging cities to submit comments to the California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC) regarding new rulemaking that will require utilities to develop wildfire mitigation plans.

Registration Now Open for New Mayors and Council Members Academies

November 13, 2018
The League’s New Mayors & Council Members Academy is quickly approaching, and registration is open.

Voters Protect Transportation Investments in Bridge and Road Safety and Pass Measures to Fund Housing for Veterans, Working Families and the Homeless

November 7, 2018
The November 2018 election results are a win for California cities with voters protecting existing funding for bridge and road safety and supporting two measures that directly improve the quality of life for all Californians.

NEW: Elon Musk Fireside Chat with L.A. Mayor at NLC City Summit on Nov. 8

November 5, 2018
Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti will join Elon Musk, Tesla’s co-founder and CEO, for a rare, insightful fireside chat at this week’s National League of Cities’ (NLC) City Summit from Nov. 7–10 in Los Angeles.

Palo Alto Mayor, League Executive Director and Bay Area City Officials Rally with Governor, Senators, Public Safety and Labor to Urge No Vote on Prop. 6

November 2, 2018
Friday morning, Palo Alto Mayor Liz Kniss, Bay Area city leaders and League Executive Director Carolyn Coleman gathered in Palo Alto with Gov. Jerry Brown and other members of the No on Proposition 6 coalition to call on Californians to reject the dangerous measure on Election Day.

Reminder: 2018 Bills Signed into Law Briefing Webinar Scheduled for Nov. 13

November 2, 2018
There’s still time to register to join the League’s legislative team on Tuesday, Nov. 13, from 1:30–3 p.m., for a briefing on new laws from the 2018 Legislative Session.
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