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Annual January Training and Education for Newly Elected Mayors and Council Members Brings Over 150 New City Officials to Sacramento

January 22, 2018
Each year the League offers a comprehensive listing of educational programs for city officials, starting in January with its annual Mayors and Council Members Academy.

​Former League President and Clovis City Council Member Harry Armstrong Passes Away at 87

January 22, 2018
Harry Armstrong, the longtime Clovis mayor and city council member passed away on Thursday, Jan. 18. 

Department of Finance Releases HUTA Estimates for Proposed FY 2018–19 Budget

January 22, 2018
The California Department of Finance (DOF) provided new revenue estimates with Gov. Jerry Brown’s Proposed FY 2018–19 Budget released last week including for transportation tax revenues.

Upcoming Legislative Hearings of Interest to Cities, Feb. 2–March 2

January 19, 2018
The Legislature will host a number of oversight and informational hearings on a variety of policy areas of interest to cities in the coming weeks.

Registration for Municipal Law Institute Symposium on Feb. 16 Now Open

January 18, 2018
Registration is now open for the 2018 Municipal Law Institute Symposium, Federal Authority, Home Rule and Filling the Emerging Regulatory Gap.

Registration is Open the 2018 Planning Commissioners Academy

January 18, 2018
The League is gearing up for the 2018 Planning Commissioners Academy at the Hyatt Regency Monterey being held April 4–6. 

Complete the League Membership Survey by Friday, Jan. 26

January 18, 2018
Just a reminder, there’s still time to participate in the League of California Cities Membership Survey.

U.S. Supreme Court to Decide Billion Dollar Sales Tax Case

January 18, 2018
The U.S. Supreme Court this month agreed to decide South Dakota v. Wayfair. A major case for states and local governments, South Dakota is asking the Supreme Court to rule that states and local governments may require retailers with no in-state physical presence to collect sales tax.

League of California Cities Supports the Water and Parks Bond Slated for June Statewide Ballot

January 16, 2018
The League of California Cities® Board of Directors in December voted to support the California Drought, Water, Parks, Climate, Coastal, and Outdoor Access Act of 2018 that is slated for the June 2018 statewide ballot.

City of Davis Uses SB 1 Funds to Improve Access to Local Train Station

January 16, 2018
The City of Davis wants to alleviate traffic congestion along its busy I-80 corridor by using $250,000 recently awarded in SB1 grant funds to develop a plan for improving ridership and access to its Amtrak station.

Governor Brown Opines on Why Supreme Court May Modify “The California Rule”

January 11, 2018
In his final budget presentation, Gov. Jerry Brown specifically addressed questions by reporters pertaining to the California Rule — the judicial precedent established in 1955 that has hampered the state and local governments’ ability to make any prospective modifications to public employee pension formulas. 

Santa Monica Uses SB 1 Funds to Make Wilshire Boulevard Safer

January 11, 2018
Wilshire Boulevard is one of the most famous streets in Los Angeles County, extending more than 15 miles from Ocean Avenue in Santa Monica to Los Angeles’ downtown financial district.

Hundreds of City Officials in Sacramento Jan. 17–19 for Education and Advocacy

January 11, 2018
The New Mayors and Council Members Academy, Jan. 17–19, will bring together recently elected California city officials for education on the fundamentals of serving on the city council with sessions focused on governance, municipal finance, land use policy, advocacy on city issues, new social media platforms, and AB 1234 ethics training.

Upcoming Legislative Hearings of Interest to Cities

January 11, 2018
The Legislature will host a number of oversight and informational hearings on a variety of policy areas of interest to cities in the coming weeks.

Governor Unveils Proposed FY 2018–19 Budget

January 10, 2018
This morning Gov. Jerry Brown held a press conference in the Capitol to unveil his budget proposal for the upcoming fiscal year, which includes $131.7 billion in General Funding spending and — with proposed special fund and bond proceed allocations — totals $190.3 billion. 

Caucus Elects Sen. Toni Atkins to be Next Senate Leader

January 10, 2018
The Senate Democratic Caucus on Jan. 9 elected Sen. Toni Atkins (D-San Diego) Senate president pro tempore. The full Senate will vote on March 21. 

Give Your Feedback on Sessions for the 2018 Annual Conference and Expo

January 10, 2018
The League is recruiting volunteers from its membership to pilot a new conference planning process that will allow more input than ever before on conference programming.   

Rescission of Federal Marijuana Enforcement Policy Sends Shock Waves throughout California

January 8, 2018
The U.S. Department of Justice’s Jan. 4 announcement and memo on marijuana enforcement delivered a shock to the industry in California, causing stock prices in the few publicly traded marijuana-related companies to plummet by as much as 50 percent. 

New Organic Waste Recycling Program and How it Will Affect Cities Webinar Available on Feb. 5

January 8, 2018
Join the California Department of Resources Recycling and Recovery (CalRecycle) and League staff in discussing the impact SB 1383 will have on cities.

ILG Offers Public Engagement Training in Sacramento March 13–14

January 8, 2018
The Institute for Local Government (ILG) has developed the TIERS Public Engagement Framework & Learning Lab, a hands-on coaching and training opportunity, to help cities improve their public engagement efforts.
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