March 15, 2013
Issue #31

Editor's Note

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Register Now for the League’s 2013 Legislative Action Day and Preview Webinar

Registration for the League’s 2013 Legislative Action Day Preview Webinar and Annual Legislative Action Day & Reception opened earlier this month. Attend the webinar to learn about proposed legislation that will affect your city and then come to Sacramento on April 24 to advocate directly for your city and all California cities. The League has recently added a new session to help city officials learn about and advocate effectively for the Enterprise Zone Program.

Key words: Legislation, Meetings and Events

League Officers Advocate for California City Priorities in Washington, D.C.

Focus on Marketplace Fairness Act, Sequestration and Tax Exemption for MuniBonds

The League’s officers and more than 100 other California city officials traveled to Washington, D.C. this week for the National League of Cities (NLC) Congressional City Conference. Focusing on NLC and League priorities, California city officials advocated for a balanced approach to deficit reduction instead of across the board cuts, and protection of existing local revenues and opposed eliminating or capping the tax exemption for municipal bonds.

Key words: Federal, Meetings and Events, NLC, Revenue and Taxation

League Supports Bill to Create New Economic Development Tool for Disadvantaged Communities

Yesterday, the League issued a support letter on AB 1080 by Assembly Member Luis Alejo (D-Salinas), which would authorize local governments to create a new entity called a Community Revitalization Investment Authority (CRIA) aimed at improving low income and deteriorated communities, including closed military bases.

Key words: Action Item, Economic Development, Redevelopment


U.S. Department of Justice Announces Available BJA Grants for FY 2013

Applications Due by April 4

The U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) has opened its application process for its Office of Justice Programs (OJP), Bureau of Justice Implementation Program (BJA) for FY 2013. The Justice Information Sharing Solutions Implementation Program allows state, local, and tribal jurisdictions to leverage existing information networks to address critical challenges currently faced by these criminal justice agencies.

Key words: Federal, Revenue and Taxation, Grants and Funding, Public Safety


Federal Grants to Reduce Domestic Violence Homicides Announced

This week, Vice President Joe Biden and U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder announced that 12 cities and counties nationwide have received grants as part of a new domestic violence prevention program.

Key words: Federal, Revenue and Taxation, Grants and Funding, Public Safety


California Check ‘N Go Borrowers Might Be Eligible for Refunds Following San Francisco Lawsuit

March 28 Deadline to File for Refund

A settlement has been reached between Check ‘n Go California, Inc. and San Francisco City Attorney Dennis Herrera, who sued the company on behalf of California consumers. The agreement requires Check ‘n Go to repay any Californian that took out four-month installment loans between November 2006 and June 2008.

Key words: Legal Updates, Revenue and Taxation


CalRecycle Workshop Scheduled on Local Funding and Siting

CalRecycle’s Materials Management and Local Assistance Division is offering the first in a series of workshops on exploring local funding, siting and permitting opportunities.

Key words: Environmental Quality, Land Use, Meetings and Events

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