Sept. 22, 2014

Issue #86

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Governor Signs Film and Television Tax Credit Bill; Action on Historic Preservation and New Markets Tax Credit Bills Pending

Last Thursday, Gov. Jerry Brown signed a historic bill by Assembly Members Mike Gatto and Raul Bocanegra, both of Los Angeles that  will encourage more film and television production throughout California. AB 1839 provides targeted support to the state’s dynamic film industry by extending the California Film and Television Tax Credit Program by five years, lifting the per-film budget limitation on the tax credit so that larger films can qualify, and offering additional incentives for specified film and television production activities.

Legislation, Hot Bills, Revenue and Taxation

CalPERS Election Candidate Forum Video Now Available Online

Ballots Must Be Received by Sept. 29

Candidates for the CalPERS Board of Administration Election participated in a forum on Tuesday, Sept. 16. The all-mail election, which concludes on Sept. 29, is for the state and public agency representative seats. A video of this public forum is now available on the CalPERS website.

Employee Relations, Elections

League Takes Official Positions on Four Upcoming November Ballot Measures

Sample Resolutions For Cities Attached

The League has taken positions on four of the six ballot measures on the 2014 November general election ballot. In order for the League to take a position on a proposition, it must first qualify for a general election ballot, followed by the League board of directors approving the proposed position by a two-thirds vote.


CAL FIRE Releases Greenhouse Gas Reduction Fund Grants

CAL FIRE’s Urban and Community Forestry Program has released a grant solicitation for projects to be funded by the Cap and Trade auction revenues through the Greenhouse Gas Reduction Fund. CAL FIRE has scheduled a webinar for Sept. 24 from 1-3 p.m. to discuss eligible applicants, eligible projects, and the application procedure. More information on eligibility, grant contacts, special requirements and deadlines is available on the League’s Cap-and-Trade Hot Issues website.

Grants and Funding, Greenhouse Gases

Second Round Promise Zone Competition Announced Creating Economic Opportunities in High-Poverty Communities

The Obama Administration invites a new round of eligible applicants to apply for a Promise Zone designation. All communities can apply that meet the eligibility criteria, and demonstrate high need, a strong local commitment and a compelling strategy. The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) intends to designate six urban communities and U.S Department of Agriculture (USDA) intends to designate at least one rural and at least one tribal community.

Housing, Land Use, Revenue and Taxation, Federal
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