February 12, 2020
League News

The world of municipal finance management can be complex and difficult to navigate. The League’s California Municipal Revenue Sources Handbook is designed to arm you with all the tools available to help strike that balance.

City managers from across the state gathered for the League of California Cities City Managers Conference last week for a full schedule of education sessions, and sharing of city management challenges and best practices.

More than 40 executive directors and local leaders from 18 state municipal leagues across the country journeyed to Washington, D.C. for National League of Cities’ fourth annual state municipal league fly-in.

Education and Conferences

Hundreds of city officials will be traveling to Sacramento to lobby their senators and assembly members on bills affecting California cities as part of the League of California Cities April 22 Legislative Action Day.

Prior to the Legislative Action Day, learn about the priority bills that you need to successfully advocate on behalf of your city by participating in the April 16 preview webinar from 10 a.m.-12 p.m.

Registration is now open for the City Attorneys Department 2020 Municipal Law Institute symposium, entitled “A Vision for 2020: Applying Lessons Learned in Elections, Voting, and Security for the Municipal Practitioner.” The one-day event, scheduled for Mar. 6 at the Bar Association of San Francisco Conference Center in San Francisco, will provide an in-depth exploration of elections issues facing municipal lawyers in 2020, including issues regarding tax initiatives, voting rights litigation, redistricting after the census, and election security.

Opportunities for Cities

The California Department of Housing and Community Development announced its Notice of Funding Availability for approximately $119 million to help cities and counties with the preparation, planning, and reform activities that fast-track housing production. 

Affordable apartments for low-income families and seniors in El Centro are getting renovations and funding with tax-exempt multi-family affordable housing bonds issued by the California Statewide Communities Development Authority.

More News and Events

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. The number of legislative hearings will expand as the bill introduction deadline of Feb. 21 approaches.

The National League of Cities is hosting a webinar on Feb. 25 from 10-11 a.m. PST to discuss the impacts to local government from the U.S. Supreme Court’s decision to not hear the case of Martin v. City of Boise. The Supreme Court’s decision leaves intact the ruling from the Ninth Circuit, which concluded if a homeless person has no option to sleep indoors, a local government cannot cite him or her for violating an ordinance disallowing sleeping outside in a public space. 

When code enforcement investigations require access to enclosed areas of private property, staff may be tempted to use drones to peer into otherwise inaccessible properties and document nuisance conditions. But this raises privacy and Fourth Amendment concerns. To learn more, read this months issue of Western City.
League in the News
Lompoc Mayor Osborne appointed to committee of League of California Cities , Feb. 10, Santa Maria Times ( Also appears in KSBY New , and Lompoc Record)