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California Supreme Court Upholds Local Ordinance Regulating Aesthetics of Wireless Facilities

April 15, 2019
On April 4, in T-Mobile West v. City and County of San Francisco, the California Supreme Court issued an opinion upholding a San Francisco ordinance imposing certain aesthetic standards on wireless facilities within the city.

Cities Commit to Partnering with Gov. Gavin Newsom to Develop Housing on State-Owned Property

April 15, 2019
Gov. Gavin Newsom’s office announced on April 11 a partnership with cities to develop affordable housing on excess state lands.

USDA to Begin Accepting Broadband Funding Pilot Applications

April 15, 2019
This announcement was published by the National League of Cities on April 9.   The United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) announced that it will begin accepting applications for its broadband funding pilot program, ReConnect, on April 23.

HCD Announces Approximately $123 Million Available for SB 2 Planning Grants

April 15, 2019
The California Department of Housing and Community Development (HCD) has released the SB 2 Planning Grants Program Notice of Funding Availability (NOFA) for approximately $123 million.

Prop. 68 Funding Grants Available, Cities Must Apply

April 15, 2019
With the passage of Proposition 68, there is approximately $102 million in per capita funding grants from the California Department of Parks and Recreation, and each city is entitled to $200,000 in grants.

Upcoming Bills in Committee, April 22 – 29

April 15, 2019
Legislative hearings are in full swing, and the Legislature continues to discuss policy areas of interest to cities.

League-Sponsored Bond Agency Issues Approximately $24 Million in Tax-Exempt Bonds for Affordable Housing in Lake Elsinore

April 11, 2019
The League’s co-sponsorship of the California Statewide Communities Development Authority (CSCDA) continues to be one of the most significant benefits for League members.

League-Opposed AB 1568 (McCarty), Linking Transportation Funds to Housing Production, Bill Pulled from Assembly Housing Committee, Amendments Forthcoming

April 8, 2019
On Friday, April 5, the League of California Cities® was informed that AB 1568 (McCarty) will be amended to remove provisions that would have withheld a city or county’s share of SB 1 transportation funding for non-compliance with the California housing laws.

California Local Governments File Lawsuit to Reverse Cannabis Delivery Regulations that Undermine Local Control Enacted by Voters Who Passed Proposition 64

April 8, 2019
On behalf of a geographically diverse coalition of local governments, attorneys from Churchwell White LLP filed a lawsuit last week against the California Bureau of Cannabis Control (BCC).

Final Month for CalHFA Mixed-Income Program Applications

April 8, 2019
The deadline is quickly approaching for California Housing Finance Agency’s (CalHFA) new Mixed-Income Program.

Registration Now Open for Two Mayors and Council Members League Events

April 8, 2019
The League of California Cities has opened registration for two excellent back-to-back opportunities for Mayors and Council Members of all tenures.

Upcoming Bills in Committee, April 8 – 24

April 8, 2019
Legislative hearings are in full swing, and the Legislature continues to discuss policy areas of interest to cities.

NLC Local Census Preparedness Survey

April 8, 2019
The National League of Cities (NLC) is committed to supporting a fair and accurate 2020 Census, which will be underway in less than 12 months.

Cities of San Juan Capistrano, Seaside and Roseville Receive 2019 Local Streets and Roads Awards

April 8, 2019
The League and the County Engineers Association of California (CEAC) honored winners of the 2019 Outstanding Local Streets and Roads (LSR) Awards at their annual Public Works Officers Institute held in San Diego last week.

Legislative Action Day Preview Webinar on April 11: Learn about the Top Issues for Cities

April 5, 2019
Hundreds of city officials will be traveling to Sacramento to lobby their senators and assembly members on bills affecting California cities as part of the League of California Cities April 24 Legislative Action Day.

League President Arbuckle and Executive Director Coleman Visit Capitol to Rally in Support of ACA 1

April 1, 2019
On Wednesday, March 27, League President Jan Arbuckle, Grass Valley Council Member and League Executive Director Carolyn Coleman joined Assembly Member Cecilia Aguiar-Curry (D-Winters) in the Capitol for a press conference and rally in support of ACA 1.

Feinstein Bill Devotes Federal Resources to Fight Homelessness

April 1, 2019
U.S. Sens. Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.) and Lisa Murkowski (R-Alaska) and Representatives Ted Lieu (D-Calif.) and Steve Stivers (R-Ohio) have introduced the Fighting Homelessness Through Services and Housing Act, a bill to increase federal resources to battle homelessness.

What You Can Do Now to be Prepared for the 2020 Census

April 1, 2019
Once each decade, the U.S. Census Bureau attempts to count every person in the United States.

Advocate for City Priorities at the League’s Legislative Action Day on April 24

April 1, 2019
Hundreds of city officials will be traveling to Sacramento to lobby their senators and assembly members on bills affecting California cities as part of the League of California Cities Legislative Action Day on April 24. 

State Treasurer Fiona Ma Provides Financial Empowerment to Local Elected Officials with New Training Video

April 1, 2019
California State Treasurer Fiona Ma announced on March 28 that she is kicking off “National Financial Literacy Month” a few days early with the launch of a financial training video designed to inform and empower elected officials.
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