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Conference Committee on Public Employee Pensions Discusses Hybrid Plans

January 26, 2012
On Wednesday, the Conference Committee on Public Employee Pensions held its third meeting, this time discussing hybrid pension plans. The committee met twice last year to review the current conditions of public employee benefits and the reforms taking place locally and statewide.

Second Bond Rating Agency Downgrades California Bonds Due to Redevelopment Ruling

January 24, 2012
Today another bond rating agency, Fitch Ratings, placed all California tax allocation bonds on Rating Watch Negative. This action underscores the importance of the Legislature enacting SB 659 (Padilla) to extend the deadline for implementation of the redevelopment agency dissolution contained in ABx1 26 from Feb. 1 to April 15, 2012.

2012 CFCC Funding Fairs Provide: Get Information on Funding for Infrastructure Projects

January 20, 2012
The California Financing Coordinating Committee (CFCC) has announced its plans to host several free funding fairs to give attendees information about currently available infrastructure grant, loan and bond financing programs and options. The funding fairs also provide an opportunity for attendees to speak directly with program staff about specific projects and issues affecting their community.

Hundreds of City Officials Gather in Sacramento For The New Mayors and Council Members Academy This Week

January 20, 2012
City officials from throughout California travelled to Sacramento this week to attend the League's New Mayors and Council Members Academy. The annual training is designed to help city officials, new and veteran, learn about relevant city management topics and network with their colleagues.

California Supreme Court Grants Review of Four Medical Marijuana Cases

January 20, 2012
On Wednesday, the California Supreme Court took a step toward providing California cities with some clarity on the law respecting medical marijuana dispensaries by granting review in four cases.

CalRecycle Approves Mandatory Commercial Recycling Regulations

January 17, 2012
On Jan. 17, CalRecycle approved its Mandatory Commercial Recycling Regulations.

Governor Delivers State of the State Address

January 17, 2012
Pushes Tax Initiative, Calls On Voters to "Close the Gap" Today, Gov. Jerry Brown delivered his state of the state address during a joint session of the Senate and Assembly.

Moody's Downgrades California Redevelopment Bonds Because of "Impending Dissolution" of Redevelopment

January 17, 2012
Bond rating agency Moody's Investor Service yesterday downgraded by one notch all California tax allocation bonds (redevelopment bonds) rated Baa2 and above. It also announced that all California tax allocation bonds would remain on review for a possible downgrade.

Support Letters Needed Immediately for SB 184 to Protect Inclusionary Housing Programs and Help Create Affordable Housing

January 13, 2012
Last year, Sen. Mark Leno (D-San Francisco) introduced SB 184 to allow cities to adopt inclusionary housing ordinances after an appellate court decision in Palmer/Sixth Street Properties L.P. v. City of Los Angeles effectively eliminated cities' traditional authority under a broad interpretation of the Costa-Hawkins Act. Unless the Legislature acts on SB 184 by Jan. 31, now a two-year bill, it will die. SB 184 is currently awaiting action on the Senate floor.

Redevelopment Dissolution Information and Resources Webpage Now Available

January 13, 2012
The League has created a new webpage dedicated to providing guidance to cities on redevelopment dissolution and information about legislative efforts to postpone dissolution, and create new economic development programs.

Broad Coalition Urges Quick Passage of SB 659 (Padilla) to Postpone Dissolution of Redevelopment on Feb. 1, 2012

January 13, 2012
Temporarily Postponing Feb. 1 Deadline for Dissolution of Agencies Will Help Mitigate Litigation and Uncertainty and Provide Time to Fix Problems with Implementing Legislation Labor groups, public safety advocates, business groups, local government, housing advocates and community groups today urged the Legislature to quickly pass and Gov. Jerry Brown to sign SB 659 (Padilla). The bill postpones the Feb. 1, 2012 deadline to begin dissolution of redevelopment agencies. The postponement until April 15, 2012 will give a needed pause to address and fix many of the implementation issues that have come up as the result of AB x 1 26, the bill governing elimination of redevelopment agencies.

Federal Webinar to be Held This Wednesday on Rules Governing Employment of Individuals With Disabilities by Federal Contractors

January 9, 2012
In December, the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) issued its notice of proposed rulemaking to update and improve the rules governing employment of individuals with disabilities by federal contractors. This week, DOL announced that it will host a free webinar on Jan. 11 entitled "Affirmative Action and Nondiscrimination Obligations of Contractors and Subcontractors Regarding Individuals With Disabilities" to discuss the proposed changes which would make substantial changes the rules governing Section 503 of the Rehabilitation Act.

This Month in Western City Magazine

January 6, 2012
Don't miss these stories from the January issue of Western City magazine.

Registration Now Open for The Municipal Law Institute Symposium at Stanford Law School on Feb. 10

January 6, 2012
Earn 5.5 Hours of MCLE Credit The Municipal Law Institute Committee of the City Attorneys' Department of the League will hold its annual Symposium on Friday, Feb. 10, this year at Stanford Law School. The program, entitled "The Once and Future City: Transformation in an Era of Financial Challenges," will address how cities operate when financial resources are no longer available to provide services the public has come to expect. This Symposium is part of the Cities on the Cutting Edge program. Attendees will qualify for 5.5 hours of MCLE credit.

League Sends Letter to Governor Urging Legislation to Address Problems With Implementation of AB 1 x 26

January 5, 2012
Redevelopment agencies throughout California are required to shut down on Wednesday, Feb. 1 with the Legislature having chosen not to take up and pass SB 659 (Padilla).

Cities Wonder What's Next After Supreme Court Dissolves Redevelopment Agencies

January 5, 2012
League Continues Efforts to Protect Membership's Interests, Seeks Legislative Fix On Dec. 29, 2011 the California Supreme Court ruled on California Redevelopment Association (CRA) v. Ana Matosantos by upholding AB x1 26, the redevelopment elimination bill, and striking down AB x1 27, the bill which would have allowed redevelopment agencies to remain in operation as long as they made payments to the state. As it currently stands, redevelopment agencies will be dissolved on Feb. 1.

'Technical Glitch' Forces Early Release of Gov. Jerry Brown's FY 2012-13 State Budget Proposal

January 5, 2012
Just one day after sending a press release announcing that he would release the details of his FY 2012-13 state budget on Jan. 10, a "technical glitch" in which Gov. Jerry Brown's plan was apparently accidentally uploaded to the state's public budget website forced the Governor to release his proposal today. While there are many aspects of this budget which affect programs important to cities, there are no proposals to sweep revenue from local government.

California Redevelopment Association and League of California Cities Urge Immediate Legislative Action to Revive Redevelopment in Wake of State Supreme Court's Ruling Abolishing this Vital Job-Creating Tool

December 29, 2011
Note: the following is the news release that was distributed following the California Supreme Court Ruling in California Redevelopment Association v. Matosantos. In the wake of today's ruling by the California Supreme Court upholding the elimination of redevelopment agencies, the California Redevelopment Association (CRA) and League of California Cities (League) vowed to work with state legislators immediately to develop legislation to revive redevelopment in order to protect local communities, job creation and our economy.

Public Comment Period Open for 2012 High Speed Rail Business Plan

December 16, 2011
On Thursday, the League hosted a webinar with the High Speed Rail Authority (HSRA) on the 2012 Business Plan. Participants heard first hand from the HSRA on how this plan differs from previous ones. The new plan uses conservative ridership and revenue estimates, assumes three percent inflation, and plans for a phased implementation and blended operations. A copy of the PowerPoint presentation can be found on the League's website.

Controller Updates Online Government Compensation Database

December 16, 2011
Information for the calendar year 2010 is now available on Controller John Chiang's website documenting salary, pension and other compensation for city and county employees. The update released on Wednesday, Dec. 14 includes data for 674,000 city, county and special district workers as well employees from the state of California, the University of California and the California State University systems. This week's update totals $48.8 billion.
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