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The CSAC Bulletin for June 16, 2016
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June 16, 2016

In this Issue


Headlines
  Budget Package Sent to Governor, More Work Remains
  CSAC Officer Perez Confirmed to State Corrections Board
  
CSAC Holding Regional Meeting on Public Safety in Amador County Today

Policy Reports
  From Washington: Renewed Debate on Gun Control, Terrorism, LGBT Rightsl
  CSAC Co-Sponsors Webinar on Whole Person Care Pilot Program
  CalPERS’ Board Approves 2017 Health Plan Rates
  Board of Equalization Misallocation Sage Continues
  RFP for Victims of Crime Act Training Grant Program Released
  CSAC Opposes Wireless Permitting Bill that Preempts Local Land-Use Authority
  Controller’s Report Highlights Tax Reform Framework
  Grants to Strengthen Law Enforcement Community Relations Awarded
  PERB Chair Announces Retirement
  Policy Briefs

  Other Bills of Interest

CSAC News
  Deadline for CSAC Challenge Awards Quickly Approaching
  From Our Blog: Hurdling Infrastructure -- How High Should the Bar Be?

Budget Package Sent to Governor, More Work Remains

California’s Legislature worked quickly Wednesday afternoon to pass a $122.5 billion state budget to meet the constitutional deadline and picked up eight budget trailer bills earlier this morning for the 2016-17 budget package. CSAC is preparing a final Budget Action Bulletin that will be available later today to provide a comprehensive overview of the full budget sent to Governor Brown.

 “California’s 58 counties are generally pleased with this budget and the stability it provides,” said CSAC Executive Director Matt Cate. “We applaud the Governor’s overall philosophy of adding to the State’s reserve fund and spending some of the revenue surpluses on one-time projects — as this can help meet the state’s most urgent needs without encumbering future budgets. We also recognize the need to support long-term programs that help our most vulnerable population, which will pay dividends for many years to come.
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CSAC Officer Perez Confirmed to State Corrections Board

The California Senate confirmed CSAC Second Vice President and Kern County Supervisor Leticia Perez to the Board of State and Community Corrections (BSCC) Thursda with a 38-0 vote. The BSCC was established in 2012 to provide independent leadership and technical assistance to the adult and juvenile criminal justice systems.

“I am very excited to be serving in this capacity” said Supervisor Perez. "The BSCC does critical work guiding the course of corrections at both the state and local level. We foster the evidence-based programs that are effective at getting people get back on track after a criminal conviction—and we allocate grants for local corrections facilities. Given my background as a public defender and position within our local Community Corrections Partnership, it's a perfect fit."
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CSAC Regional Meeting on Public Safety in Amador County Today 
As part of its ongoing series of regional meetings around the state, CSAC is in Amador County today for a daylong session focusing on public safety. Among the speakers addressing county officials are Scott Kernan, Secretary for the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation, and Diane Cummins, Special Advisor to the Governor. 
From Washington: Renewed Debate on Gun Control, Terrorism, LGBT Rights
In the wake of the mass shooting in Orlando, renewed debate on issues such as gun control, terrorism, and LGBT rights were on full display in Congress this week. 
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CSAC Co-Sponsors Webinar on Whole Person Care Pilot Program
If you want to know more about the Whole Person Care (WPC) Pilot opportunity in California’s Medi-Cal 2020 Waiver, CSAC is co-sponsoring a webinar on Thursday, June 23, that should be helpful. 
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CalPERS’ Board Approves 2017 Health Plan Rates
The California Public Employees’ Retirement System (CalPERS) Board of Administration on Wednesday adopted its 2017 health care plan rates – the first-year result of CalPERS’ multi-year revision of its rate development process.
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Board of Equalization Misallocation Saga Continues
As the Board of Equalization continues work to fix their processes and internal controls, counties are left to wonder when their budgets might be affected by a future reallocation of sales tax revenue, and how much revenue might be reallocated.   
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RFP for Victims of Crime Act Training Grant Program Released
The California Governor’s Office of Emergency Services (Cal OES) announced the release of the Request for Proposal (RFP) for the Victims of Crime Act Training Grant Program for fiscal year 2016-2017
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CSAC Opposes Wireless Permitting Bill that Preempts Local Land-Use Authority 
On Wednesday, AB 2788 by Assembly Member Mike Gatto was gutted and amended to prohibit local agencies from requiring discretionary review of specified “small cell” wireless antennas.
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Controller’s Report Highlights Tax Reform Framework
State Controller Betty Yee and her Council of Economic Advisors recently released a report titled “Comprehensive Tax Reform in California: A Contextual Framework.” The report presents the historical context of California’s tax policies, issues and problems with the current system, and opportunities for reform.
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Grants to Strengthen Law Enforcement Community Relations Awarded
The Board of State and Community Corrections (BSCC) has awarded 10 grants intended to strengthen relationships between law enforcement and the communities they serve totaling nearly $6 million.
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PERB Chair Announces Retirement
Anita Martinez, Public Employee Relations Board (PERB) Chair, has announced her retirement effective July 4. Chair Martinez has served as PERB chair since 2011 and her career spans 40 years of state service.
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Policy Briefs
Administration of Justice: Board of State and Community Corrections announces meetings; Governor appoints new State Public Defender.
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Health and Human Services: Materials available on creating permanancy for foster youth; how to apply to receive training in Dual Status Youth Reform.
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Deadline for CSAC Challenge Awards Quickly Approaching
The deadline is quickly approaching for the 2016 CSAC Challenge Awards. All entries must be postmarked by Friday, June 24, to qualify. These unique awards recognize the innovative and creative spirit of California county governments as they find innovative, effective and cost-saving ways to provide programs and services to their citizens. 
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From Our Blog: Hurdling Infrastructure -- How High Should the Bar Be?
After 20-plus years of lobbying for counties, quite often from the perspective of a public infrastructure project proponent, I’m astounded that any public projects are built or maintained given the many hurdles thrown in their way on both sides of the financial equation. State regulatory requirements and fees can add dramatically to the cost of local public works projects. And voter threshold requirements make it virtually impossible for counties to pass local fees and charges that could help pay for the added costs.
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Other Bills of Interest
A roundup of bills from all policy areas of interest to counties that are not included in this week's Bulletin articles.

Administration of Justice
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Agriculture, Environment & Natural Resources
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Employee Relations & Administrative Services
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Job Openings
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