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New Laws, New Challenges

Established in 1898, the League of California Cities® is a member organization that represents California’s incorporated cities.  It strives to protect the local authority and autonomy of city government and helps California’s cities effectively serve their residents. 

The League advocates for cities at the state capitol, offers its members professional development programs and information resources, conducts educational conferences and research and publishes Western City magazine.  Its legislative report is being provided to city officials in its member cities in electronic form to help them to track legislation.  

Here are some of the highlights of the 2014 legislative report:

1. This report apparently has some analysis on the cap and trade programs, particularly for affordable housing. 

2. There will be no more PILOT (payment in lieu of taxes) programs that have been used in some affordable housing developments to compensate for lost property taxes.

3. We can say, “Bye bye, plastic bags” in 2015.

4. Cities have to streamline solar panel permit processes, and the League is livid over it. 

5. In 2015, the League believes there will be clean up legislation related to annexation of disadvantaged communities and the airbnb type industries.  The League has convened a working group on the latter.

RSG can help translate the fine points of the legislation and translate it into action. Reach out to us if you have any questions, we are here to help.

Written by Alexa Smittle who is a Principal/Vice President at RSG.