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September California Legislative Update

On September 10, 2021 at 9:00PM, the Senate and Assembly adjourned session for the year and are not scheduled to return to the Capitol until January 3, 2022. This end of session was far less exciting than in prior years, partially because of the 72-hour in print rule, and partially because some issues were punted to next year, including highspeed rail.

A high-profile proposal from Assemblywoman Buffy Wicks (D-Oakland) mandating employee vaccinations and requiring proof of vaccination in indoor public places such as restaurants and movie theaters was quickly introduced and shelved, and several controversial public safety measures were put off until 2022.

Below is a summary of key legislation moving through the California State Legislature

CA Legislative Update September 2021

July California Legislative Update

In recent weeks, the state legislature has been working actively on their state budget proposals and to meet the statutory deadlines to move bills from their house of origin to the other house by the June 4th deadline. On May 19th, the Speaker Pro Tempore Toni Atkins announced that each legislator would be limited to sending 12 bills to the opposite house. Some bills may be excluded from this requirement if they are being proposed to be implemented immediately. Below is a summary of key legislation moving through the California State Legislature

Read the full July Legislative Update here.

UCLA Anderson Forecast July Economic Outlook

Avenu in partnership with the UCLA Anderson Forecast collaborates to provide both micro and macro level views of the economic health of California at the state and local levels. The following economic information has been provided by our colleagues at UCLA Anderson Forecast. We’ve also attached our recent sales tax forecast assumptions.

Read the full July Economic Forecast Here.

Sales Tax Forecast Assumptions

July California Budget Update

The Administration and Legislature are nearing final agreement on the Budget Act of 2021. The Legislature sent SB 129 to the governor on June 29 amending the Budget Act of 2021 (AB 128). AB 128 contains the Legislature’s Budget which the governor signed; however, the bulk of the final budget agreement is contained in SB 129. This is the first time in ten years that the actual budget agreement was not signed on or by June 30.

Read the full July Budget Update here.

CA SB 156 Summary – Broadband

SB 156 provides the statutory framework to implement the broadband provisions contained in the 2021 budget package. This bill contains necessary statutory changes to implement the broadband provisions included in the 2021-22 budget package. Funding for this bill is included in SB 129 (Skinner) and AB 164 Ting/SB 164 (Skinner) which amend the 2021 Budget Act AB 128 (Ting, Chapter 21, Statutes of 2021).

Read a detailed analysis of the provisions of the bill here.

COVID-19 Impact on City of Eastvale, CA: The City That Never Stopped

Bryan Jones was appointed as the City Manager of Eastvale, CA in 2018. Under his leadership the city has risen to new heights and become one of the Top 20 Best Places to Live in the country.

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In recent months amidst the COVID-19 pandemic, Eastvale has seen immense growth across various industries including:

    • 32.26% increase in new business applications and renewals
    • 5.95% increase in property taxes
    • 7.69% increase in sales & use tax
    • 6.49 % increase in franchise fees

Learn the principles that made this city a success story during COVID!

This discussion was taken from our show Local Government Insights. If you want to hear more episodes like this one, check us out on Apple, and all your other favorite podcast platforms. Take a moment listen on your favorite platform. We would appreciate your reviews and feedback as we continue to release upcoming episodes.

COVID-19 Impact on City of Pasadena, CA

COVID tested localities in new in challenging ways. While we are coming out of the pandemic, we can learn from different jurisdictions as we prepare for the future.

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Matt Hawkesworth, Finance Director for the City of Pasadena, CA about the different areas of impact COVID-19 has had on the City and how his team has shifted priorities to help balance ever increasing budget deficits.

In this show we discuss:

  • Top areas the City of Pasadena was affected over the past 12-18 months
  • The approach to using reserves during the process
  • The impact of restaurant closures in a city with one of the largest number per capita
  • The American Rescue Plan
  • The importance of resiliency

This discussion was taken from our show Local Government Insights. If you want to hear more episodes like this one, check us out on Apple, and all your other favorite podcast platforms. Take a moment listen on your favorite platform. We would appreciate your reviews and feedback as we continue to release upcoming episodes.

Budgeting Sales Tax Revenue

Local governments can fine-tune their budget forecasts by understanding the tremendous impacts that and state and federal programs have had on Sales Tax Revenue over the past year.

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In this episode, we talk with Mark Bryson, Senior Economic Analyst at Avenu, who works with California jurisdictions and is an expert in helping them navigate the changes COVID has brought to revenue forecasts. Our discussion delves into:

  • Key concepts relevant to understanding and properly budgeting for future Sales Tax Revenues
  • Why these basic Sales Tax concepts are important to the budgeting process
  • 5 things that occurred in California that have never happened before that impact Sales Tax Revenue
  • What jurisdictions throughout the country should be thinking about when they are budgeting Sales Tax Revenue these days

This discussion was taken from our show Local Government Insights. If you want to hear more episodes like this one, check us out on Apple, and all your other favorite podcast platforms. Take a moment listen on your favorite platform. We would appreciate your reviews and feedback as we continue to release upcoming episodes.

Business License Administration and Compliance

For the City of Rolling Hills Estates in California, the adoption of new technology has already paid off with a unique approach to administering and maximizing compliance of business license tax revenues.

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In this episode, we talked with Mike Whitehead, Administrative Services Director and City Treasurer for the City of Rolling Hills Estates in California. We covered:
  • Challenges faced with business license administration and overall compliance
  • Finding solutions tailored to the unique needs and problems cities are facing
  • Responsibilities of staff and the shifting priorities with the use of new technology
  • Cost savings with technology partnerships and client facing portals

This discussion was taken from our show Local Government Insights. If you want to hear more episodes like this one, check us out on Apple, and all your other favorite podcast platforms. Take a moment listen on your favorite platform. We would appreciate your reviews and feedback as we continue to release upcoming episodes.

March California Legislative Update

Things are starting to pick up steam in Sacramento and we will be reporting regularly as legislation and related actions unfolds. Please feel free to contact me with any questions.

Although the state Capitol remains quiet with only one staffer permitted in the building per legislator, the legislative session has resumed with its usual rigor. Meetings with legislators and staff via teleconference continue, newly introduced legislation is being analyzed, budget hearings began on an expedited timeline. The Department of Finance is slowly releasing trailer bill language clarifying some of the Administration’s January budget proposal, and the Legislative Analyst’s staff is busy making recommendations about how the Legislature should respond to it.

Read the full March Legislative Update here.