On Sept. 13, the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) issued a notice seeking comments on petitions filed by two cable and telecommunications industry groups asking the FCC to “interpret” Section 6409 and the implementing regulations in ways that are unfavorable to local governments.
Your city’s completion of this survey is essential to advancing solutions toward a sustainable and lasting defined benefit system. Thank you to those 200 cities that filled out and submitted the
League’s 2019 City Pension Survey. The deadline for completion has been extended to Oct. 4. If you haven't completed the survey for your city, there's still time to submit and be included in a valuable study to help address the pension sustainability challenges facing cities. Pension sustainability remains a top strategic goal for the League and city surveys are essential to advancing solutions toward a sustainable and lasting defined benefit system.
Secure your registration in advance and join fellow attendees on Thursday morning during the League of California Cities 2019 Annual Conference & Expo to experience keynote speaker Stephen Goldsmith. He will speak about how to structure governance that uses data and how to create a culture that supports the use of data and innovation. The conference is scheduled for Oct. 16-18 in Long Beach. Pre-registration for the conference closes Wednesday, Oct. 2.
The League is gearing up for the next City Managers Conference on Feb. 5-7 at The Meritage in Napa. Join your fellow California city managers for networking and a discussion of key topics of importance to city leaders. Register today!
The Department of Resources Recycling and Recovery announced a call for applications for their Organics Grant Program, which seeks to lower greenhouse gas emissions by reducing the amount of California-generated green materials, food materials or alternative daily cover sent to landfills. Local governments are among those eligible to apply for $16 million in new grant funding, with $3 million awarded per grant. The deadline to apply is Nov. 7.
California Statewide Communities Development Authority (CSCDA) announced the issuance of approximately $49.7 million in tax-exempt bonds for the Los Angeles Jewish Home for the Aging. The League’s co-sponsorship of CSCDA continues to be a significant benefit for League members.
California’s new online sales tax collection law,
AB 147 (Burke), was enacted in April 2019 and expands the collection of millions in state sales and use taxes from out-of-state sales. Beginning Oct. 1, a marketplace facilitator is considered the seller and retailer for each sale facilitated through its physical or online marketplace. Marketplace facilitators are required to register with the California Department of Tax and Fee Administration for a seller's permit or Certificate of Registration.
Does it take a disaster to create policies, build relationships and act boldly to address large and complex issues? No. But it takes leadership, support and direction from elected officials and management to unlock innovation. When the City of Santa Rosa lost 3,000 homes in the 2017 Tubbs Fire, three simple principles drove the rebuilding and recovery effort. Learn more in the September issue of Western City magazine.