April 6, 2012
Last Friday, Gov. Jerry Brown sent his Governor’s Reorganization Plan (GRP) to the Little Hoover Commission, activating a 90 day clock in which the Commission and Legislature have to act. The GRP revises the structure of various state agencies, departments, and boards and the Governor has set July 1 for implementation. If implemented, the GRP would eliminate some agencies entirely and establish new agencies in their stead.
Key words: Governor’s Reorganization Plan, Little Hoover Commission, state agencies
The League is supporting two recently introduced bills by Sen. Rod Wright (D-Los Angeles) that provide additional communication with State Water Resources Control Board (SWRCB) staff and members during the drafting and updating of statewide water quality permits. Both bills, SB 964 and SB 965 will be heard in the Senate Environmental Quality Committee on April 16. Support letters from cities are needed as soon as possible.
Key words: Sen. Rod Wright, SB 964, SB 965, State Water Resources Control Board, SWRCB, water issues
City officials are urged to take action now to help preserve city funding priorities in the 2013 federal appropriations process. Congress has already begun working on its FY 2013 appropriations legislation. This legislation will carry funding for a wide variety of priority programs utilized by local governments, including CDBG, HOME, COPS, Byrne/JAG, formula highway and transit funding, and the Clean Water State Revolving Loan Fund.
Key words: federal appropriations, CDBG, HOME, COPS, Byrne/JAG, transit funding
The League’s eight standing policy committees met in Ontario March 29 – 30 where they took up a number of policy issues. City officials were also briefed during a general session prior to each committee meeting on issues of statewide importance including redevelopment legislation, state budget issues and federal transportation reauthorization.
Key words: April policy committee meetings, Administrative Services, Community Services, Employee Relations, Environmental Quality, Housing, Community and Economic Development, Public Safety, Revenue and Taxation, Transportation, Communications and Public Works
The League is currently in the planning process of a new venture to disseminate news and information about California cities. The League is interested in receiving all city press releases and newsletters so that we’re able to help spread the word about the good work being done in cities throughout California.
Key words: good news about cities, city news, news releases, city communication
On April 19 – 20, the U.S. Department of Energy’s (DOE) Municipal Solid-State Street Lighting (MSSL) Consortium and the city of Los Angeles Bureau of Street Lighting will host an LED Street Lighting Workshop. The workshop is open to city officials, utility officials, consultants and energy efficiency organizations.
Key words: U.S. Department of Energy Consortium, LED street lighting
Western City magazine has compiled its most popular stories into a “Hit List” showing the top five articles on WesternCity.com during the past month. This list reflects the topics of greatest interest to California city officials during the month of March.
Key words: Group think, public engagement and land use decisions, sustainability, Hayward, murals, blight, green waste, Long Beach
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