Feb. 4, 2013
Issue #14

Editor's Note

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Assembly Subcommittee Schedules Hearing on Department of Finance’s Handling of Redevelopment Dissolution on Feb 11

City Officials Encouraged to Share Experiences and Issues With Legislators

Next Monday, Feb. 11, the Assembly Budget Subcommittee #6 on Budget Process, Oversight and Program Evaluation will hold an informational hearing on redevelopment dissolution issues per AB 26x1 and AB 1484. Representatives have been invited from the Department of Finance to provide an overview of its activities, and a representative from the State Controller’s Office. The hearing will be held at 2:30 p.m. in State Capitol Room 126. 

Key words: Action Item, Economic Development, Redevelopment, Meetings and Events, Legislative Hearings


Pension Reform Implementation and Cleanup Legislation

SB 13 (Negrete McLeod), a cleanup bill to AB 340, the 2012 pension reform package, was introduced this past December and will likely be heard in the Senate Public Employment and Retirement Committee sometime in mid-February. The League expects the bill to be amended with additional cleanup provisions before it is heard in its first policy committee. This measure is expected to move quickly through the legislative process once final language and clean up provisions are fully worked out. SB 13 is an urgency measure and will take effect immediately following signature by Gov. Jerry Brown.

Key words: Employee Relations, Pension Reform, Legislation


California Supreme Court to Hear Oral Argument in Medical Marijuana Dispensary Case

Tomorrow the California Supreme Court will hear oral argument in City of Riverside v. Inland Empire Patient’s Health and Wellness Center (Case No. S198638) involving the city’s ban on medical marijuana dispensaries. This closely-watched case will address the extent to which the state medical marijuana laws may pre-empt local land use and business regulation authority.

Key words: Legal Updates, Public Safety, Marijuana Regulation


Legislative Activities: What to Expect in the Coming Weeks

The next few weeks should be relatively busy for the League as it sorts through this year’s newly introduced bills and identifies those of interest to cities. The League anticipates that bills on a number of topics including pension clean up, parking, CEQA reform, marijuana regulation, sidewalks, and continued efforts to replace redevelopment and create new economic development tools will be introduced this year.

Key words: Legislation


Assembly to Hold Hearing on California’s Freight Plan on Feb. 11

Next Monday, Feb. 11, the Assembly Transportation Committee will hold an informational hearing on California’s Freight Plan. The hearing will be held at 1:30 p.m. in State Capitol Room 4202.

Key words: Transportation, Meetings and Events, Legislative Hearings

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