April 12, 2013

Issue #38

Editor's Note

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April 2013 Policy Committee Summary

On April 4–5, the League’s eight standing policy committees met in Pasadena. The League’s policy making process relies on the participation of a diverse group of city officials from throughout the state.

Key words: Meetings and Events, Administrative Services, Community Services, Economic Development, Environmental Quality, Employee Relations, Housing, Land Use, League Policy, Public Safety, Public Works, Revenue and Taxation, Transportation

President’s Proposed FY 2014 Budget Includes Cap on Deductible
Municipal Bond Interest

President Barack Obama on Wednesday released his FY 2014 budget proposal. Despite months of lobbying by cities, the proposal includes a cap on the amount of municipal bond interest that can be deducted from taxes.

Key words: Economic Development, Federal, Revenue and Taxation

Creating Affordable Workforce Housing Through Intergovernmental
Partnerships in Livermore

Tax Increment Financing Provided the Foundation for Success

Note: With job creation and affordable housing on the minds of public officials across California, the power of state-local partnerships in creating good paying construction and other private sector jobs merits attention. This is part of a series of special papers on some successful partnerships.
At the eastern most edge of the San Francisco Bay Area sits Livermore, a city of 83,000 residents that holds the unique distinction of having two national laboratories. Although Livermore has more people with PhDs than any other U.S. city, that doesn’t mean everyone who lives there can afford the median home prices or the market’s rental rates. The city has made affordable housing such a large priority that its efforts have been recognized by both state and national housing groups. There are a wide range of programs designed to help people buy affordable homes and rent affordable apartments. These efforts are showcased in Livermore’s Strong Cities | Strong State profile.

Key words: Housing, Affordable Housing, Strong Cities | Strong State

Cities for Workforce Health Launches Series of Educational Webinars

The League of California Cites’ League Partner program is launching a series of educational webinars as part of Cities for Workforce Health. The series of five monthly webinars starts on April 26, and will focus on subjects related to implementing workforce wellness including leadership engagement, program assessment and evaluation, policy and environment changes, program design and employee engagement.   

Key words: League Partners, Cities for Workforce Health, Meetings and Events

League Bids Farewell to Tracy Petrillo, Director of Education and Conferences

It is with great sadness that the League announces the departure of Tracy Petrillo, the organization’s director of Education and Conferences on April 17. Tracy, who has served in this position since 2005, has accepted a position as chief learning officer for EDUCAUSE, a national association serving colleges, universities and companies that provide online learning for higher education.

NLC Poll Finds Local Government “Most Trusted” by Americans

The National League of Cities (NLC) this week released information that voters trust local government to address the issues that matter most to them more than any other level of government; according to results from a new Mason-Dixon poll. The nationwide poll surveyed 1,000 registered voters on March 27, 28 and April 1.

Key words: NLC, Open Government

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