Sept. 12, 2014

Issue #82

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League Annual Conference Runs ‘Whole Gamut’ of Learning, Networking Opportunities

When Crescent City voters first elected Kathryn Murray to their city council, she felt like “a deer caught in the headlights.”
“There was just so much to learn,” she said.
Murray found much-needed help at the League of California Cities Annual Conference and Expo. She just attended her sixth — alongside nearly local government officials and city staff — Sept. 3-5 at the Los Angeles Convention Center.

Meetings and Events

CalPERS Board Candidate Forum Will Help Voters Decide

Next Tuesday, Sept. 16, CalPERS members can attend a candidate forum and get to know the candidates for the state and public agency representative seats on the CalPERS Board of Administration.

City Managers, Fiscal Officers, Employee Relations

Governor Encouraged to Sign 10 Economic/Community Development Bills

The last six-years have not been good times for local economic development and community revitalization efforts. We all know the story, but with the economy and state budget improving Gov. Jerry Brown now has a package of 10 bills on his desk that, if signed, can allow local agencies to move forward with economic and community development efforts.  

Legislation, Hot Bills

OPR Offers Webinar on Preliminary Discussion Draft of Updates to CEQA Guidelines

Gov. Jerry Brown’s Office of Planning and Research (OPR) invites city officials to participate in a webinar on Thursday, Sept. 25 at 1 p.m., regarding the preliminary discussion draft of updates to the CEQA Guidelines implementing SB 743 (Steinberg, 2013). These updates address the evaluation of transportation impacts under CEQA. A copy of the preliminary discussion draft, which OPR released on Aug. 6, 2014, is available online.

Meetings and Events, CEQA

National Transportation Research Group Finds Deficient Roadways Cost California Drivers $44 Billion

The condition of the state’s roads, highways and bridges are the focus of a new study conducted by TRIP; a Washington DC based nonprofit national transportation organization.

Transportation, Public Works
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