Aug. 17, 2012
Issue #88

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Bond Insurer Sues California Over Redevelopment Agency Dissolution

On Aug. 1, Bond insurer Syncora Guarantee filed a lawsuit in the Sacramento County Superior Court claiming that the dissolution of California’s 400 redevelopment agencies violates contractual rights and short-changes bondholders and insurers.

Key words: Economic Development, Redevelopment, Redevelopment Bonds, Legal Updates


League-Opposed Fireworks Bill Fizzles

SB 1468 (Calderon), which would have expanded fireworks sales to New Year’s Eve, was held in suspense during yesterday’s Assembly Appropriations Committee. The bill is not expected to move forward this session.

Key words: Legislation, Public Safety, Environmental Quality


League to Host Free End of Session Sign/Veto Webinar

With the Legislative session ending on Aug. 31, the League plans to host a free webinar on Thursday, Aug. 23 for members and partners to review the top priority bills for which cities should send signature or veto letters to Gov. Jerry Brown.

Key words: Meetings and Events, Legislation


BBK to Host Free Municipal Bankruptcy Webinar on Aug. 22

League partner Best, Best & Krieger (BBK) has announced it will host a free webinar on municipal bankruptcy, called “Understanding and Avoiding Municipal Bankruptcy: An Overview for Public Agencies.” 

Key words: Meetings and Events, Revenue and Taxation, Municipal Finance, League Partners 


Play Streets Program Offering City Funding Opportunity

Proposals due by Aug. 29

The Partnership for a Healthier America (PHA) invites cities and towns across the nation to apply for $50,000 in funding to encourage and increase physical activity among kids and emphasize family and social cohesion as part of its Play Streets program.

Key words: Revenue and Taxation, Grants and Funding


Understanding Local Lobbying Regulations, Key Issues When Hiring CalPERS Retirees and More

Don't miss these articles from the August issue of Western City magazine.

Key words: Western City, Ethics, Institute for Local Government, Open Government, Employee Relations, Legal Updates, Legislation, Meetings and Events

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