June 28, 2013

Issue #72

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Enterprise Zone Elimination Legislation Heads to Governor’s Desk

AB 93 Passes Assembly Floor With the Minimum Number of Required Votes

Yesterday, the Assembly debated and passed AB 93 (Committee on Budget) eliminating the current Enterprise Zone (EZ) Program and replacing it with a state-run system.

Economic Development, Revenue & Taxation, State Budget

Concord’s Efforts to Develop Former Naval Base Slowed Dramatically by State’s Short-Sighted Approach

Project’s Progress Awaits Legislation on Financing Options

Note: With job creation and affordable housing on the minds of public officials throughout 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.

Strong Cities Strong State, Economic Development, Redevelopment, Infrastructure Financing Districts, Affordable Housing

Bills Propose Significant Changes to MMBA

League Remains Opposed to AB 537 and AB 616

City labor-relations rules and practices were under attack this week as labor-sponsored bills flew out of the Senate Public Employment and Retirement Committee. Both AB 537 (Bonta) and AB 616 (Bocanegra) now move to the Senate Appropriations Committee where their fiscal impact can be assessed. The League remains strongly opposed to both measures.

Employee Relations

"Ban the Box” Legislation Advances in Senate

Hearing in Senate Judiciary Committee Set for July 2

The Senate Labor and Industrial Relations Committee approved AB 218 (Dickinson) this week moving it to the Senate Judiciary Committee for hearing on July 2.

Employee Relations, Public Safety

Bill Limiting Local Authority over Personnel Matters Granted Reconsideration

Cities Encouraged to Call Assembly Public Safety Committee in Opposition of SB 313 Prior to July 2

On a 3–1 vote, SB 313 (DeLeón) didn’t receive enough votes to move out of the Assembly Public Safety Committee this week. The bill, however, was granted reconsideration and will be reheard on July 2.  

Employee Relations, Public Safety

New Agencies Prepare for Launch of Governor’s Reorganization

Anna Caballero, Brian Kelly and Marybel Batjer Appointed Secretaries

Nearly a year after the Legislature approved the Governor’s Reorganization Plan (GRP), appointments to the newly created state agencies are being announced in advance of July 1, 2013 when the agencies go into effect.

Housing, Transportation

Annual Conference Resolutions July 20-Submission Deadline Fast Approaching

New Resolution Process for 2013

The League’s Annual Conference is Sept. 18–20, but the deadline for resolution submission is only three weeks from tomorrow.

League Policy

Cities Face Continued Cuts Under Federal House Appropriations Bills

Both the House and the Senate continue to work on FY 2014 Appropriation bills. Similar to last year, there are significant differences between the proposals, with the House once again being the more conservative on spending.


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