Legislative Update – May 2014

May 14, 2014

kucoin The Legislature just passed a very important deadline: May 2 was the last day for policy committees to hear bills with fiscal implications.  Most bills are now pending in the Appropriations Committee in their house of origin and must be passed out of this committee by May 23.  Bills are then considered by the full Senate or Assembly and must be passed out of their original house by May 30.

 

Below is an update on a number of priority bills for which C.A.S.H. has taken a position or that staff is actively monitoring.  Note that when bills are heard in the Appropriations Committee, the Committee will often defer action, sending bills to the “suspense file.”  This is a mechanism whereby each house collects and prioritizes bills with state fiscal implications, acting upon them at a later date.

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Governor Releases May Revision Budget, Is Silent on a Statewide Bond

May 13, 2014

poloniex Today the Governor released the May Revision budget update.  His budget estimates an additional $2.4 billion in revenues from 2012-13 through 2014-15.  This increases the Proposition 98 minimum guarantee by $659 million.

The Governor continues to prioritize fiscal restraint and addressing long-term debts.  As such, the May Revision is silent on the possibility of a new statewide bond on the November ballot.  It also does not include any modifications or additional comments on the school facilities proposals made in the January budget: $188.1 million for the Emergency Repair Program, and the transfer of $211 million in remaining bond authority from four specialized programs to the main New Construction and Modernization programs.   Continue reading

C.A.S.H. Monthly Meeting Minutes, Wednesday, April 23, 2014

May 9, 2014

A webcast of the entire General Membership Meeting will be available on the C.A.S.H. website. 

C.A.S.H. Vice Chair, Jenny Hannah, called the meeting to order at 11:05 a.m.  New members and guests were welcomed and introduced.

Jenny highlighted the C.A.S.H. Maintenance Management Certification Program (CMMCP).  This session is full with 48 registrants.  The program will kick off with a Boot Camp at the end of April.  The core faculty is Joe, Ted Rozzi, Corona Norco USD and Fred Diamond with Citrus CCD.  Continue reading

C.A.S.H. Advocates Weigh-In on Governor’s School Facility Proposals

May 9, 2014

On Thursday May 8th the Senate Budget Subcommittee #1 on Education held a hearing that included the Governor’s budget proposals on Proposition 39, the School Facilities Program (SFP), and the Emergency Repair Program (ERP).  The following is a summary of these budget items that were discussed in committee, as well as C.A.S.H.’s testimony on each item.

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C.A.S.H./AIACC Leroy F. Greene Design & Planning Awards Project Profile

Granite High SchoolNew Built
Award of Honor
Granite Hills High School
Grossmont Union High School District
Ruhnau Ruhnau Clarke

As part of Granite Hills High School’s master plan for modernization and expansion, the Grossmont Union High School District sought to provide state of the art instructional space for the school’s career technical education program. Facilities were envisioned to provide real world, hands-on learning opportunities for various career pathways, while fostering student collaboration and informal learning through socialization. Continue reading

Bond Bill Passed By Assembly Higher Education & Facilities Budget Update

April 24, 2014 

Bond Bill – AB 2235

The bond bill, AB 2235 (Buchanan/Hagman) was heard on Tuesday, April 22 by its second policy committee, Assembly Higher Education, and passed with bipartisan support.  This committee focused on the need for a new bond for the higher education segments, but some issues related to K-12 were raised by members of the committee.  There was no opposition by members of the public or committee.  C.A.S.H. Chair Joe Dixon (Santa Ana Unified School District) testified on behalf of C.A.S.H. in support of the bill. Continue reading

C.A.S.H. State School Bond Campaign

April 28, 2014

The Coalition for Adequate School Housing (C.A.S.H.) is starting the 2014 State School Bond Campaign fundraising process. Because the State School Bond has not yet been placed on the 2014 November Statewide General Election Ballot, C.A.S.H. is asking for a contribution pledge, but not an actual contribution until the bond is approved for the ballot.

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C.A.S.H. 2015 Annual Conference Call for Workshop and Roundtable Proposals

April 22, 2014

Riding on the success of the 2014 Annual Conference, the C.A.S.H. Annual Conference Planning Committee is gearing up for 2015.  Do you have a great idea for a workshop or roundtable topic?  Please take a moment and complete the Call for Workshop/Roundtable Proposals.

 

Call for Workshop Proposals

Call for Roundtable Proposals

 

The deadline to submit a proposal is Friday, May 23.

SEC Municipalities Continuing Disclosure Cooperation Initiative: A Call to All Municipal Issuers

April 15, 2014

CDIAC WEBINAR
April 28, 2014 from 10 AM – 11 AM Pacific
Cost: Complimentary
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On March 10, 2014, the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) announced a new cooperative enforcement initiative designed to encourage any issuers and underwriters of municipal securities to self-report certain violations of the federal securities laws. Continue reading