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The CSAC Bulletin for January 19, 2017
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January 19, 2017

In this Issue


Top Headlines
Stepping Up: Two-Day Summit Addresses Locally Incarcerated Mentally Ill
Cannabis Summit Connects Local Regulators with Industry Experts
CSAC, Coalition Press Legislature to Act on Transportation


Policy Reports
County Associations Send Joint Letter to Congress on ACA Repeal
Legislative Analyst’s Office Projects Higher Revenue than Governor’s Proposal
January Storms Bring Needed Precipitation; Drought Outlook Uncertain
CalPERS Estimates Contribution Increase from Lower Discount Rate
BSCC Developing Justice Assistance Grants
Health and Human Services News Briefs
 

CSAC News
Meet CSAC’s New President, Alameda County Supervisor Keith Carson
CSAC Webinar-
Repealing the ACA: Effects on Counties
Stepping Up: Two-Day Summit Addresses Incarcerated Mentally Ill

The National Stepping Up Initiative held a two-day California Summit in Sacramento this week, focused on improving the way we respond to people with mental illness who are also in contact with local criminal justice systems. More than 400 people attended, including County Supervisors, Administrative/Executive Officers, Sheriffs, District Attorneys and Behavioral Health Directors from 53 California Counties.

The event started with an incredible presentation by the Council of State Governments’ Dr. Fred Osher who talked about the complexities of the population with mental health diagnoses in our jails and the difficulties of finding solutions to help address this growing trend.
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Cannabis Summit Connects Local Regulators with Industry Experts
Local officials heard about the cannabis industry directly from the experts at a summit hosted by the California Association of Environmental Health Administrators (CAEHA) this week. CSAC Legislative Representative Cara Martinson provided opening remarks about the history of cannabis regulation in California, and also moderated the morning sessions on the first day of the summit. CSAC would like to thank CAEHA for hosting this informative event.​
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CSAC, Coalition Press Legislature to Act on Transportation
With California’s highways and local streets, roads and bridges in crisis condition, local elected officials, business and labor leaders gathered in Sacramento Wednesday for a press conference to again implore the Governor and Legislature to pass legislation that will help fix our aging transportation infrastructure. As the special session on transportation was ending last year with little meaningful progress, the Governor and legislative leaders promised to act on transportation bills early this session.
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County Associations Send Joint Letter to Congress on ACA Repeal
A group of California county associations sent a letter to members of Congress expressing their concerns on the potential dire effect of repealing the Affordable Care Act without a suitable comprehensive replacement that ensures market and delivery stability and continued coverage for more than 14 million Californians. 
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Legislative Analyst’s Office Projects Higher Revenue than Governor’s Proposal
The Legislative Analyst’s Office (LAO) published its initial response to the 2017-18 Governor’s Budget proposal, reflecting a discrepancy in revenue projections between the state’s two major fiscal forecasters. Revenue growth is expected by both, but due to months of revenues coming in below projections, Department of Finance (DOF) downgraded its revenue forecast by $3.2 billion, causing the Governor to propose reduced spending levels in light of a potential $1.6 billion deficit absent any corrective action.
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January Storms Bring Needed Precipitation; Drought Outlook Uncertain

As one winter storm rolls into another and saturated lawns begin to flood, Californians are zipping up raincoats and stepping into galoshes. How is all this precipitation affecting the drought? The answer: to be determined.

Recent precipitation numbers might seem outstanding, but the drought story is a bit more complicated. The United States Drought Monitor shows significant portions of the state still in drought conditions, and the state’s water system is a complicated network of storage and delivery infrastructure to ensure that all Californians have access to water.
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CalPERS Estimates Contribution Increase from Lower Discount Rate
The California Public Employees’ Retirement System (CalPERS) Actuarial Office has released a circular letter to contracting employers that describes how recent changes to the fund’s discount rate will affect those agencies and member contributions.
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BSCC Developing Justice Assistance Grants
If you’re interested in Justice Assistance Grants, (JAG) here’s a meeting you might want to attend. A committee of the Board of State and Community Corrections will review the JAG program and begin the work of developing proposals and rating factors. The Board of State and Community Corrections (BSCC) Edward Byrne Memorial Justice Assistance Grant (JAG) Executive Steering Committee meets January 26-27 in Sacramento at the BSCC headquarters.​
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Health and Human Services News Briefs
Housing and Community Development Accepting Comments on No Place Like Home Draft Framing Paper

Health and Human Services Policy Committee Meets January 25
From Our Blog: Meet CSAC’s New President,
Alameda County Supervisor Keith Carson

Please click here to watch a brief video with President Carson

Please allow me a few minutes of your time to say “thank you” for putting your faith and trust in me to lead CSAC for the year. I am grateful, humbled and energized to lead this organization. In county government, every year offers challenges that must be overcome as well as opportunities to make life in California better for the people we serve. I am looking forward to working on behalf of a larger constituency this year.
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