Holiday Schedule Changes for CA Cities Advocate

The League will publish CA Cities Advocate on a modified schedule during the month of December. There will be no CA Cities Advocate on Dec. 23 or Dec. 30. It will resume its normal publishing schedule on Monday, Jan. 6, 2020. 
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In October, numerous cities and towns across the state had their power turned off by their investor-owned utility as a preventative measure against starting a wildfire. These utility-initiated power shutoffs, also known as Public Safety Power Shutoffs (PSPS), occurred multiple times in certain areas of the state. As a result of these and previous shutdowns, the California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC) has opened a proceeding to develop guidelines and procedures for future utility-initiated power shutoffs. If your city would like to submit comments in the upcoming proceeding, the city should become a party to the proceeding by following CPUC’s instructions .
League News

Congratulations to Los Angeles Council Member and League of California Cities Board Member Joe Buscaino, who was elected as the National League of Cities (NLC) president on Saturday, Nov. 23, during the NLC City Summit in San Antonio, TX. Buscaino will serve a one-year term as president of the nation’s largest and most representative membership and advocacy organization for cities and their leaders.

The League developed a comprehensive summary of the 2019 Legislative year, along with descriptions, divided by issue area, of the hundreds of bills of interest to cities that passed the Legislature and were signed into law by Gov. Gavin Newsom.
Education and Conferences

The League’s New Mayors & Council Members Academy , taking place Jan. 22-24, 2020 at the Hyatt Regency Sacramento is now open for registration . Register early and be sure to secure your spot for this important educational opportunity. This event is a must-attend for both newly elected officials and seasoned local leaders who would like a refresher course on the basic legal and practical framework in which city officials operate.

State & Local Legal Center Webinars

The D.C. Circuit has recently ruled (mostly) in favor of the Federal Communication Commission’s order retreating from net neutrality. This webinar will provide a non-technical explanation of the court’s ruling. Speakers will also explain how this ruling will impact state and local governments and what authority states and localities have to enact net neutrality laws and policies in their own jurisdictions. Date: December 6

Local governments and many other entities across the country have been sued for violating the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) because their websites are not accessible to persons with disabilities. Minh Vu, Seyfarth Shaw, will discuss the laws that require accessible websites, why government entities have been targeted for lawsuits, and what state and local government officials can do to avoid being sued. Date:  December 9 

Keeping track which Waters of the United States (WOTUS) rule applies where and for how long is a fulltime job. Samuel Brown, a former EPA attorney and currently a partner at Hunton Andrews Kurth LLP, will provide an overview of how we got to the recent repeal of the 2015 WOTUS rule, what WOTUS rule applies throughout the United States right now, what final rules replacing the repeal of the 2015 WOTUS rule might look like, and how the upcoming presidential election may affect the definition of WOTUS and all the litigation surrounding it. Date:  December 11
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Any city can increase public safety without major impacts to its budget. An engaged and informed public can help. Read about how two California cities are doing this in this month's Western City magazine.
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