League News
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.
Just a reminder, there’s still time to participate in the League of California Cities Membership Survey. Please take a few minutes to complete the survey and provide your valuable input by Jan. 26.
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. 
Conferences & Education

The League is currently soliciting session proposals for two premiere 2018 conferences — the Municipal Finance Institute and the Fire Chiefs Leadership Seminar. Both conference will be held Dec. 12–13, 2018 in San Francisco at the Hyatt Regency.  
The League is gearing up for the 2018 Planning Commissioners Academy at the Hyatt Regency Monterey being held April 4–6. Registration can be completed online before March 2. Full agenda information will be available soon.

Registration is now open for the 2018 Municipal Law Institute Symposium, Federal Authority, Home Rule and Filling the Emerging Regulatory Gap. The one-day event, scheduled for Feb. 16 at the UC Hastings College of the Law in San Francisco, will provide an in-depth exploration of the boundaries, as well as opportunities, of federal regulation of local government activities. The symposium is co-sponsored by the Municipal Law Institute of the League of California Cities ®
More News & Events

Harry Armstrong, the longtime Clovis mayor and city council member passed away on Thursday, Jan. 18. He retired from the Clovis City Council in 2016 after being elected for 12 terms, a 46 year career in public service that included his tenure as mayor and council member. He served on the League Board of Directors for 27 years, and as president from 1982 to 1983.

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. The Government Accountability Office issued a report  in October 2017 report that estimated that states and local governments could “gain from about $8 billion to about $13 billion in 2017 if states were given authority to require sales tax collection from all remote sellers.” 

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. 16 approaches.

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. The Davis Amtrak station currently ranks third busiest on the Capitol Corridor line and serves as the regional hub for Yolo and Eastern Solano Counties. However, city officials say that a lack of parking and its isolated location prevent more people from optimizing this public transportation option. Mike Webb, Davis city manager, says that the SB 1 funding will dramatically increase the city’s ability to address accessibility issues as well as the city’s short term and long-term transportation goals. 

Last Chance to Register for Jan. 29 Workshop

The Institute for Local Government (ILG) will hold an ethics training on Jan. 29 in Apple Valley with the San Bernardino County LAFCO.