Utility Wildfire Liability Bill Package Passed by the Legislature and Approved by the Governor
The recently approved wildfire liability legislation, AB 1054 (Holden, Burke, Mayes), was significantly amended last week to include protections for employees of investor-owned utilities (IOU) in the case that they are sold or municipalized, stronger language around obtaining a safety certification and provisions clarifying that any successor agencies must follow the same rules laid out in the bill.
The Supreme Court’s docket for its 2019-20 term is only half full but it is already teeming with interesting cases, almost all of which involve local governments. While it is difficult to pick only five, this article summaries the most significant cases for local governments the Supreme Court has agreed to hear so far in its term beginning Oct. 7, 2019.
The League and the County Engineers Association of California are currently soliciting session proposals and speakers for our next Public Works Officers Institute, scheduled for March 18 – 20, 2020 in Monterey.
Join the League’s legislative team on Tuesday, July 16 from 10 – 11:30 a.m. for a briefing on major bills that cities need to advocate for and against when the Legislature returns from its summer recess on Aug. 12.
The application period for the Cities for Workforce Health 2020 consulting grants is now open. Designed to help cities engage their employees in a culture of health, the program is sponsored by the League Partner Program of the League of California Cities, including Kaiser Permanente, Keenan, and the HEAL Cities Campaign.
As online sales increase, so do the size and number of distribution warehouses that must stock vast selections of goods to be delivered directly to shoppers. As a result, more trucks are clogging local streets and freeways and causing traffic, pollution and adverse health impacts, particularly in disadvantaged communities.