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League Board Reviews Ballot Measures

July 9, 2018
The League Board of Directors met in Monterey June 29–30 and took action on several additional measures slated for the November 2018 statewide ballot.

Time to Submit Session Proposals for the 2019 Planning Commissioners Academy

July 9, 2018
The League of California Cities® is soliciting session proposals and speakers for the 2019 Planning Commissioner’s Academy, which is scheduled for March 6-8 in Long Beach. 

Powering Up: League Adopts Three-Year Strategic Plan

July 2, 2018
To chart a course that will build on the League’s current success, guide our future growth, and take the impact and value we deliver to California’s cities to even greater levels, the League is powering up for California cities with a three-year strategic plan.

Governor Signs His Final State Budget and Numerous Trailer Bills

July 2, 2018
Over the last two weeks, the Legislature approved a second package of budget trailer bills following the initial adoption of the budget on June 14.

Legislative Deals Struck Prior to Deadline to Pull Ballot Measures

July 2, 2018
A flurry of legislative deals were made last week to keep certain ballot measures from appearing on the November ballot.

BBK Offers Free Webinars on Social Media, Pension Litigation and ADA Accessibility

June 29, 2018
Best Best & Krieger is offering several free one-hour webinars on a variety of legal issues, new legislation and opportunities that League members may find of interest.

New Document and Media Destruction Services Available to Cities through League Sponsored U.S. Communities Program

June 28, 2018
U.S. Communities, the League sponsored government purchasing alliance, is excited to announce the new document and media destruction services contract has been awarded to Shred-it. 

U.S. Supreme Court Holds Agency Shop Fees Unconstitutional

June 27, 2018
As expected, the U.S. Supreme Court in its highly anticipated decision in Janus v. AFSCME struck down a requirement that a represented employee pay an agency shop fee to their designated union violates that employees’ First Amendment free speech rights.

Help Stop the Attack on Bridge and Road Safety

June 25, 2018
Cities have a great deal at stake this fall since an initiative to eliminate more than $5 billion annually in existing transportation funding is expected to officially qualify for the November ballot by the end of today.

Take Action on Bills that Would Limit Local Voices in Land Use and Housing Decisions

June 22, 2018
The 2018 legislative session has been another extremely active year for housing and land use legislation with over 100 bills introduced.

Upcoming Bills in Committee, June 25 – 28

June 22, 2018
Legislative hearing committees are still moving along, with several of the League’s bills being heard in Senate Public Employment and Retirement, Senate Natural Resources and Water and Assembly Governmental Organization.

League-Sponsored Bond Agency Issues $15 Million in New Markets Tax Credit Financing for Jordan Downs Plaza

June 22, 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) and California Statewide Communities Development Corporation (CSCDC).

Municipal Finance Institute 2018: Final Call for Session Proposals

June 22, 2018
Friday, June 29 is the last day to submit session proposals for the League of California Cities’® Municipal Finance Institute, taking place on Dec. 12–13 at the Hyatt Regency San Francisco.

State and Local Governments May Collect Use Tax on All Online Sales Rules U.S. Supreme Court

June 21, 2018
The U.S. Supreme Court issued its decision in South Dakota v. Wayfair on June 21, ruling that state and local governments can require vendors with no physical presence in the state to collect use tax.

Submit Your Session Idea for the 2019 Public Works Officers Institute & Expo

June 18, 2018
July 31 is the deadline to submit a session proposal for the next Public Works Officers Institute & Expo, which will be held April 3–5, 2019 in San Diego.

Governor Signs Water Conservation Legislation

June 18, 2018
Gov. Jerry Brown recently signed two bills that enact the state’s plan for the future of water conservation and water use efficiency. 

U.S. Supreme Court’s Decision in Janus v. AFSCME is Imminent

June 18, 2018
As the U.S. Supreme Court’s term winds down, the Court’s highly anticipated decision in Janus v. AFSCME will be issued by the end of the month. 

Legislature Passes FY 2018–19 State Budget with Funding for Homelessness Programs, Disaster Response, Transportation Projects and Rainy Day Fund

June 15, 2018
The Legislature passed the main FY 2018–19 State Budget Act and some of the associated trailer bills on Thursday, June 14, a day before the constitutional budget deadline establishing the state’s financial plan for the fiscal year that begins July 1.

Deceptive Corporate Tax Trick Threatens Quality of Life in Cities, Jeopardizes Local Services

June 14, 2018
Sacramento Mayor Darrell Steinberg is warning that the Corporate Tax Trick initiative is disingenuous.

Upcoming Bills in Committee, June 18 – 27

June 14, 2018
Legislative hearing committees are in full swing this week, with several of the League’s hot bills being heard in Senate Public Safety, Senate Judiciary and Assembly Governmental Organization.
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