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
South Dakota v. Wayfair
. A major case for states
and local governments
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
in October 2017
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.