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The CSAC Bulletin for March 2, 2017
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March 2, 2017

In this Issue


Top Headlines
Making an Impact: California Counties Go to NACo
State Supreme Court Rules in Local Government PRA Case
Best Practices: Your Mind Matters in Butte County


Policy Reports
CSAC Testifies re IHSS, Coordinated Care Initiative
LAO Finds “Critical Juncture” in Unwinding CCI
NACo, Trump Speech, ACA, WOTUS, PILT
22 Cannabis Bills Introduced
CEQA Reform Bill Amended
Latest Cap and Trade Auction: Disappointing Results
Ag, Environment, and Natural Resources News Briefs
Administration of Justice News Briefs
Webinar: Local Agency Debt Policies

Update: CA Implements Federal Medicaid Managed Care Rule
California Women Lead Offers LEADership Academy
ABAG, MTC Host Legislative Workshop


CSAC News
March Right into a CSAC Institute Class
Making an Impact: California Counties Go to NACo

Dozens of California county supervisors participated in the National Association of Counties (NACo) Legislative Conference in Washington D.C. this week. It was a busy five days of meetings, workshops, policy discussions and visits to Capitol Hill. We asked several attendees to share their impressions from the conference.

Their responses cover a variety of topics including water, opioids, Medicaid and the Affordable Care Act. Click the link below to read what these Supervisors and others have to say about NACo Conference: Greg Cox, Leticia Perez, Virginia Bass, Richard Forster, Kevin Cann, John Gioia, Erin Hannigan, Scott Haggerty, Ken Yeager, Damon Connolly, CSAC’s Graham Knaus and Cara Martinson.
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And get more NACO and National News in our Federal Issues Update.

State Supreme Court Rules in PRA Case

The California Supreme Court issued a much-awaited decision today in a case revolving around the definition of public records. The crux of the case was to determine if emails about public business sent via elected officials private devices are still defined as “public records.”

The Court’s ruling—available here—indicates that such emails are indeed public records, but the ruling also offers some important privacy safeguards for elected officials and other public employees who may occasionally use their private email devices for public business.
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Best Practices: Your Mind Matters in Butte County

Please click here to watch a brief video about this program.

Libraries are designed to be calm, inviting places. So it wasn’t really a surprise when the Butte County library staff noticed that some of their “regulars” were using library branches for respite centers, safe places where they could escape the heat of summer or the cold of winter. And for some of them, suffering with mental illness, the Butte County libraries became places to try to escape their internal struggles for a little while.
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CSAC Testifies Re: IHSS, Coordinated Care Initiative
As the Legislature begins discussing the Governor’s proposed 2017-18 budget, a top issue is the unwinding of the Coordinated Care Initiative (CCI) and the In-Home Supportive Services (IHSS) Maintenance of Effort (MOE).​
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LAO Finds “Critical Juncture” in Unwinding CCI
In a report released Monday, the Legislative Analyst’s Office examines the Coordinated Care Initiative (CCI) and the “critical juncture” for the program as it faces elimination by the Governor. ​
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NACo, Trump Speech, ACA, WOTUS, PILT
Federal Issues Update

More than 100 California county officials were in Washington, D.C. this past week for the National Association of Counties’ (NACo) annual legislative conference.  The event brings together over 2,000 local elected and appointed officials from across the country.
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22 Cannabis Bills Introduced
While state agencies work to implement Prop 64, the Adult Use of Marijuana Act (AUMA), bills covering a wide variety of cannabis-related topics are working through the legislative process. In addition to the bills listed below, there are numerous spot bills related to cultivation on tribal lands, extraction processes, edible products, licensing, and more.
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CEQA Reform Bill Amended
SB 80 by Senator Bob Wieckowski was recently amended. This bill would amend California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA) requirements related to notifications. The amendments to SB 80 would require the Office of Planning and Research (OPR) to develop guidelines for the implementation of CEQA to exempt classes of projects that do not have a significant impact on the environment.
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Latest Cap and Trade Auction: Disappointing Results
Last week, the California Air Resources Board offered the first 2017 auction of greenhouse gas emissions on Wednesday. The results were lackluster: final revenue numbers were not yet available, but the total will likely be around $8 million with only about 16 percent of allowances sold. The next auction will be held in May.
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Ag, Environment and Natural Resources News Briefs
Watershed Day at the Capitol

Urban Greening Grants Available

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Administration of Justice News Briefs
2017 Trial Court Revenue Distribution Training Advance Notice

The Words To Deeds X Conference Report Has Been Posted!

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Webinar: Local Agency Debt Policies
Local government agencies that issue debt now must certify that they have adopted policies concerning the use of debt and that they comply with those policies.
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CA Implements Medicaid Managed Care Rule
A joint informational hearing was held by the Assembly Health Committee and Senate Health Committee on Tuesday to receive an update on the status of the implementation of the Federal Medicaid Managed Care Rule in California. The committees received an update on the rule from the Department of Health Care Services and its impact on consumers.​
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California Women Lead Offers LEADership Academy
California Women Lead is hosting a LEADership Academy. The program features interactive discussions and networking to give women skills, practical action items, and access to a statewide network for inspiration. The academy offers four modules that focus on professional, personal, political, and policy topics, and will be offered in Orange County on March 24 and in Sacramento on May 5.
 
California Women Lead is a leadership development organization for women in the state of California. Their mission is to help women – on both sides of the aisle – on their journey to elected or appointed office. More information is available online: visit: www.cawomenlead.org
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ABAG, MTC Host Legislative Workshop
The Association of Bay Area Governments and the Metropolitan Transportation Commission are hosting their annual Legislative Workshop on Wednesday, March 22 in Sacramento. The Workshop features State Legislators who will provide briefings on legislation and initiatives related to local government, land use, housing, transportation funding, financing mechanisms, cap and trade, resilience, and climate change. Assembly and Senate Committee Chairs have been invited to speak at the workshop. Ben Metcalf, the Director of the State Housing and Community Development Agency has been invited to discuss the Regional Housing Need Allocation process and other housing issues and updates. Click Here to Register by Monday, March 13. For more information contact: Halimah Anderson, 415/820-7986 or Leah Zippert, 415/820-7995.
March Right into a CSAC Institute Class
The March schedule for the CSAC Institute for Excellence in County Government is jammed-packed with practical, focused leadership and policy courses, all in high-demand. From negotiations skills and expanding emotional intelligence to financial reporting and labor relations. You’ll find it all this March. Read on, and register today.
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Job Openings
Click here to see the latest county and local government job postings.
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