September 19, 2013

Issue #99

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League Annual Conference & Expo Begins in Sacramento

The 115th Annual Conference & Expo begins this week in Sacramento with almost 1,800 attendees expected. 

Meetings & Events

Cities Encouraged to Send Letters for Bills on Governor’s Desk

Updated List of League Signature and Veto Requests

The League has released the list of bills on which it is seeking the Governor’s signature or veto.  City officials and interested stakeholders are strongly encouraged to submit sign/veto request letters.

Action Item, Legislation, Hot Bills, Assembly, Senate

Beverly O’Neill Receives League of California Cities’ Annual Lifetime Achievement Award

The League of California Cities Past Presidents Council today announced the selection of former Long Beach Mayor Beverly O’Neill as the recipient of the 2013 Past Presidents’ Lifetime Achievement Award. The award was presented to Ms. O’Neill on Sept. 18 during the League’s opening General Session of the 2013 Annual Conference and Expo.

Meetings & Events, League Partners

Collection Method for Taxes on Prepaid Mobile Services Sent to Governor

Last Thursday the Legislature passed and sent to Governor Brown AB 300 (Perea), a bill that establishes a collection method for state and local taxes and fees levied on consumers of prepaid mobile telephone services.

Legislation, Revenue & Taxation, Municipal Finance, Telecommunications

2013 CEQA Reform: Long Journey with Modest Outcome

SB 743 Heads to Governor with Several Statewide CEQA Implications

This year was supposed to be the year for California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA) reform but even the best laid plans can go awry and the definition of “reform” viewed differently from party to party.

Environmental Quality, CEQA, Legislation

Governor’s Active Transportation Program Approved by Legislature

Last week the Legislature approved SB 99 (Committee on Budget & Fiscal Review), which contained the final version of the Active Transportation Program (ATP).  Some additional provisions of the ATP are included in SB 95 and AB 101.

Federal, Transportation, Legislation

Democrats Set to Return with Slim Legislative Supermajority

If all goes as expected Democrats will enter the remaining half of the 2013–14 session with solid supermajorities in both houses of the Legislature. The process has begun to fill three legislative seats, two Assembly and one Senate, vacated earlier in the year. Senate Democrats currently hold the lowest number of seats needed to establish a supermajority (27) while Assembly Democrats hold 53 seats and are just one seat shy of the two-thirds vote threshold (54).

Elections, Senate, Assembly
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