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2013 Legislative Year In Review

2013 Legislative Year In Review

In 2013 the League focused on sponsoring and supporting legislation to help develop new community and economic development tools and funding options for city services. On other fronts, it was another busy year for defending local control on measures that would undercut local authority and revenues. And a visible change occurred with the prospect of longer legislative terms.

January 2014
Understanding the New Travel-Related Exceptions to California’s Gift Rules

Understanding the New Travel-Related Exceptions to California’s Gift Rules

California’s Fair Political Practices Commission recently reorganized and — in some instances — relaxed the rules on when a public official may accept free or discounted travel. The changes take effect Jan. 1, 2014. Anytime a public official travels at a free or discounted rate, he or she must consider how the travel rules apply. Generally, payments to an official for travel are gifts that must be reported. The new travel rules emphasize disclosure.

December 2013
Accountability and Transparency in Local Government

Accountability and Transparency in Local Government

In the wake of the Bell scandal the League condemned the breach of public trust and took steps to facilitate public access to critically important city government information, such as the salaries of city managers and elected officials. At the same time the League and its local government partners assisted Bell’s residents and newly elected leaders in reforming their government and rebuilding public trust.

December 2013
California Supreme Court: Cities May Ban Medical Marijuana Dispensaries

California Supreme Court: Cities May Ban Medical Marijuana Dispensaries

Over the past several years, California cities and counties have faced the issue of whether to permit or ban medical marijuana dispensaries. Many cities imposed bans or prohibited dispensary operation, while others required permits, business licenses and regulations. The California Supreme Court has affirmed that cities have the authority and the right to ban medical marijuana dispensaries within their boundaries.

December 2013
2013 League of California Cities Annual Conference Resolution #2

2013 League of California Cities Annual Conference Resolution #2

At the League’s 2013 Annual Conference, the League General Assembly approved Resolution #2, related to public safety realignment.

October 2013
Using Public Resources: Special Issues Around Expenses and Expense Reimbursement

Using Public Resources: Special Issues Around Expenses and Expense Reimbursement

Tips for public agency employees on travel, expense reimbursement and credit card usage.

October 2013
Interactive End-of-Session Legislative Briefings Set for November

Interactive End-of-Session Legislative Briefings Set for November

With numerous mandates coming from the state Capitol, ensuring that your city is compliant can be a daunting task for even the most seasoned city official.

October 2013
Due Process Walls in the City Attorney’s Office: Safeguarding Fair Hearings

Due Process Walls in the City Attorney’s Office: Safeguarding Fair Hearings

In light of a recent court decision, cities should make sure their practices are consistent with the due process rights of parties involved in quasi-judicial proceedings.

October 2013
Understanding the Basics of Public Safety Realignment

Understanding the Basics of Public Safety Realignment

Under realignment, state prisons will house the most serious offenders while county jails will house lower-level felons. This article examines which offenders are covered, sentencing, post-release supervision and related issues of continuing interest to cities.

October 2013
Annual Conference Highlights

Annual Conference Highlights

A look at the highlights of the League of California Cities 2013 Annual Conference & Expo.

September 2013