The CSAC Bulletin for July 7, 2016
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July 7, 2016

In this Issue

Top Headlines
 - By-Right Housing Proposal Lingers as Legislature Recesses
 - Legislative Recess: A Time to Exhale
 - Sonoma County Supervisor Rabbitt Tapped for NACo Board

Policy Reports
 - Racial and Identity Profiling Advisory Board To Meet
 - California Solar Initiative Exceeds Its Goals
 - California State Fair Opens This Week at Cal Expo
 - Meetings, Webinars,Training etc.

 - CSAC Finance Corporation: A Partnership That Works!
 - From Our Blog: ILG Offers Ethics Resources and AB 1234 Training
 - CSAC Institute Summer Course Lineup

By-Right Housing Proposal Lingers as Legislature Recesses
On July 1, the Legislature left the Capitol for summer recess without taking action on the Governor’s “by-right” housing proposal. Counties will recall that the Governor proposed statutory language to streamline the approval of certain housing projects that include affordable units as part of his May budget revision. While the legislative leadership and the Governor agreed to set aside $400 million for housing priorities contingent upon agreement on the by-right proposal, the issue was not resolved along with the rest of the budget.
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Legislative Recess: A Time to Exhale
The California Legislature took off for Summer Recess last Friday afternoon, and you can almost hear the Capitol building and the Legislative staff exhale as most of the members return to their districts for several weeks. We asked Darren Chesin, Lead Consultant for the Senate Elections and Constitutional Amendments Committee, and a Capitol staffer for more than 30 years, a few burning questions about the summer recess.

CSAC: What’s the biggest difference inside the Capitol after recess has begun compared to a typical day in session?
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Sonoma County Supervisor Rabbitt Tapped for NACo Board
CSAC President Richard Forster has selected Sonoma County Supervisor David Rabbitt to serve on the Board of Directors for the National Association of Counties (NACo). California earned a third spot on the Board because all 58 counties are now members of NACo. Supervisor Rabbitt joins San Diego County Supervisor Dave Roberts (CSAC’s First Vice President) and Alameda County Supervisor Keith Carson as California’s NACo Board members.
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Racial and Identity Profiling Advisory Board To Meet
A Board designed to help eliminate racial and identity profiling in law enforcement meets for the first time this week. Attorney General Kamala Harris established the Racial and Identity Profiling Advisory Board in compliance with Assembly Bill 953, by Assembly Member Shirley Weber. The Racial and Identity Profiling Act of 2015 calls for a board comprised of current and former law enforcement officials, attorneys, community and spiritual leaders, university professors, and civil rights activists. 
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California Solar Initiative Exceeds Its Goals
The California Solar Initiative set an ambitious goal in 2007—to install enough solar panels in California to generate 3,000 megawatts of power. Now, eight years down the line, the California Public Utilities Commission reports that not only has California met that goal, we’ve exceeded it:
  • Through the end of 2015, an estimated 3,570 MW of solar capacity has been installed in the large investor-owned utility (IOU) territories.
  • A record 1,041 MW was installed in 2015 in the IOU territories, 55 percent more than was installed in 2014.
  • Between the last quarter of 2008 and the last quarter of 2014, the average cost of installed residential systems has decreased 53 percent from $10.87 per watt to $5.14 per watt.  
  • Statewide solar installations continued to increase in 2015 despite the fact that many of the rebate programs were closed, demonstrating that the program has substantially reached its goal of stimulating widespread adoption of solar and creating a self-sustaining market.
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California State Fair Opens This Week at Cal Expo
The California State Fair opens this week for a three-week run full of music, horse racing, midway rides, livestock, and of course, county exhibits. Of California’s 58 Counties, 26 have developed displays that showcase local crops, industry, history, attractions and natural wonders. The Counties compete for prizes in several categories, and this year CSAC’s Michael Sweet is helping out as one of the Judges. (far right)
The Fair opens officially Friday, July 8 at 10 a.m. Please check the State Fair Website for a full list of events and attractions, but if you go, make sure you stop by the county exhibits in Building A. You can visit almost half the state without leaving the building.
Meetings, Webinars, Training etc.
CalTRUST Offers Free Economic Outlook Webinar
CalTRUST invites you to attend an informational webinar providing a current economic outlook and analysis of the effects on the bond market presented by Gary Schlossberg, Senior Economist with Wells Capital Management. As part of their ongoing commitment to providing educational tools to public agencies, CalTRUST is offering the following webinar at no-cost.
CSAC Finance Corporation: A Partnership That Works!
The CSAC Finance Corporation is proud to be a partner of CSAC and to be able to provide pertinent funding to further the mission of CSAC and the success of counties throughout California. Programs of the CSAC Finance Corporation include the California Statewide Communities Development Authority finance program, U.S. Communities pooled purchasing, Nationwide deferred compensation, the Coast2Coast discount prescription card, Medcor onsite employee health clinics, and the Towers Watson retiree health exchange. Below are highlights from a few of our programs:
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From Our Blog: ILG Offers Ethics Resources, AB 1234 Training

The Institute for Local Government (ILG) Ethics and Transparency Program aims to help local officials understand the unique legal and ethical obligations of being a public servant. In California, state and federal laws create a complex set of requirements that guide elected officials and agency staff in their service to their communities.

Transparency can go a long way to increase public trust and confidence. ILG offers a variety of trainings, tools and resources to help local officials and staff comply with ethics laws and increase transparency in their community.
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CSAC Institute Summer Course Lineup
The CSAC institute is one of the most successful and respected county-based continuing education and training systems in the country. Founded in 2008, the CSAC Institute was created to meet demands from county supervisors and senior executives who have few accessible opportunities for professional continuing education.

The course offerings this Summer include "Twenty Things to Know about Medi-Cal 2020," "Labor Relations and Negotiations in Local Government," and "Communicating and Presenting Complex Issues and Data"
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Job Openings
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