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Cities Can Now Comment on CAL FIRE’s California Vegetation Treatment Program Programmatic Environmental Impact Report

July 22, 2019
The California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection (CAL FIRE) is seeking public comment on the California Vegetation Treatment Program Programmatic Environmental Impact Report (CalVTP).

HCD Launches SB 2 Planning Grants Technical Assistance

July 22, 2019
The California Department of Housing and Community Development (HCD) recently announced the SB 2 Planning Grants Technical Assistance (TA) Accelerating Housing Production webpage, with new resources, tools and a statewide peer-to-peer sharing map to help cities apply for the $123 million in SB 2 Planning Grants.

Guest Opinion: With prudent, diligent efforts, CalPERS can meet its obligations to retirees

July 22, 2019
Lisa Middleton is a member of the Palm Springs City Council. She was recently appointed by Governor Newsom to the Board of Administrators of the California Public Employees’ Retirement System (CalPERS) and wrote an op-ed in the Desert Sun about the future of CalPERS’ financial obligations.

2019 City Managers Department Meeting Call for Proposals Open

July 19, 2019
The League of California Cities is soliciting session proposals and speakers for the next City Managers Conference, which is scheduled for Feb. 5 – 7 in Napa.

Apply by July 19 for the Cities for Workforce Health Wellness Program Seed Grant

July 15, 2019
The application period for the Cities for Workforce Health 2020 consulting grants is now open.

Webinar: AB 1661 Sexual Harassment Prevention Training

July 15, 2019
Join the League and the Institute for Local Government (ILG) for a webinar on sexual harassment prevention training from 1:30 – 3:30 p.m. on Thursday, Aug. 1.

Supreme Court Preview for Local Governments 2019

July 15, 2019
This article was written by Lisa Soronen, executive director of the State and Local Legal Center in Washington, D.C. The State and Local Legal Center (SLLC) files Supreme Court amicus curiae briefs on behalf of the Big Seven national organizations representing state and local governments. *Indicates a case where the SLLC has filed or will file an amicus brief.

Utility Wildfire Liability Bill Package Passed by the Legislature and Approved by the Governor

July 12, 2019
The recently approved wildfire liability legislation, AB 1054 (Holden, Burke, Mayes), was significantly amended last week to include protections for employees of investor-owned utilities (IOU) in the case that they are sold or municipalized, stronger language around obtaining a safety certification, and provisions clarifying that any successor agencies must follow the same rules laid out in the bill.

Citizenship Question Will Not Appear on 2020 Census

July 12, 2019
On July 11, President Donald Trump announced that a citizenship question will not appear on the 2020 Census, ending months of speculation and litigation into the matter.

2019 Public Works Officers Institute: Call for Session Proposals Closes Next Week

July 10, 2019
The League of California Cities and the County Engineers Association of California are currently soliciting session proposals and speakers for our next Public Works Officers Institute, scheduled for March 18 – 20, 2020 in Monterey.

Release of the National League of Cities’ Affordable Housing Report

July 10, 2019
The National League of Cities (NLC) just released a comprehensive affordable housing report entitled, “Homeward Bound: The Road to Affordable Housing”.

Housing and Homelessness Budget Trailer Bill Sent to the Governor

July 8, 2019
On the heels of Gov. Gavin Newsom signing the main budget bill on July 5, the Legislature passed AB 101, a budget trailer bill that provides the details of the collaboration and compromise that took place over the last seven months between the Governor, the Legislature, and stakeholders.

Governor Releases Language for Utility Wildfire Liability Bill

July 8, 2019
Gov. Gavin Newsom and Assembly Members released 73 pages of language on June 27 outlining a wildfire plan that seeks to stabilize investor-owned utilities (IOUs) in California.

$130 Million Safe and Affordable Clean Drinking Water Bill on its way to Governor

July 8, 2019
Legislation that will establish the Safe and Affordable Drinking Water Fund, SB 200 (Monning, E. Garcia, Bloom), is on its way to Gov. Gavin Newsom’s desk this week.

Free Webinar: Summer Recess/End of Session Legislative Briefing

July 8, 2019
Join the League’s legislative team on Tuesday, July 16 from 10 – 11:30 a.m. for a briefing on major bills that cities need to advocate for and against when the Legislature returns from its summer recess on Aug. 12.

CalRecycle Extends Comment Period on Revised Draft SB 1383 Regulations for Organic Waste Diversion Regulations

July 8, 2019
The California Department of Resources Recycling and Recovery (CalRecycle) released revised draft regulations of the SB 1383 Short-Lived Climate Pollutants regulations on June 19.

The Sacramento Region’s 25th Spare the Air Season is Underway

July 8, 2019
Spare the Air is an annual summer campaign coordinated by the Sacramento Metropolitan Air Quality Management District (SMAQMD).

City Attorneys’ Track Features Municipal Law Topics and MCLE Credit During Annual Conference

July 8, 2019
The League’s City Attorneys’ Department will present its City Attorneys’ Track at the League of California Cities 2019 Annual Conference & Expo, scheduled Oct. 16 -18 at the Long Beach Convention Center.

Mayors and Council Members Department Executive Committee Application Period Open

July 8, 2019
The League’s Mayors and Council Members Department is seeking enthusiastic, committed elected officials for its Executive Committee.

Upcoming Bills in Committee, July 8 – 10

July 8, 2019
The Legislature is moving through policy committees, with the last day to hear and report fiscal bills to fiscal committees on July 10, before wrapping up on July 12 for its summer recess.
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