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May 16, 2018 - Governor's May Revision Released - On Friday, May 11, 2018, the Governor released his May Revision and proposed a total budget of $199 billion. The Governor stated that while California is receiving higher revenues, the state must continue to be fiscally prudent with no pricey promises. The May Revision reflects the receipt of $8 billion in higher revenues through 2018-19 compared to the January Budget. From this amount the Governor's May Revision proposes $4 billion in one-time General Fund spending focused on infrastructure, homelessness and mental health. The remainder of the surplus is going into the Rainy-Day Fund.

Major changes:

  • $359 million in one-time funding to address homelessness which includes a $250 million grant program to cities and counties for emergency assistance, additional funding for programs in CalWORKs, and funding for the Statewide Council on Homelessness.

  • Proposal to place the No Place Like Home on the November ballot for approval.

  • Proposal to eliminate the 340B drug pharmacy program remains in the May Revision.

  • $254 million in mandate reimbursement for the AB 3632 program related to mental health for counties.

  • $24 million in additional funding for county administration of the IHSS program.

For the full UCC Summary, click here.

May 8, 2018 - Organic Waste Regulations

In the first week of May, CalRecycle released a new version of the organic waste regulations (SB 1383). Public workshops on the regulations are being held this week. The new regulations still have several issues of concern for counties including significant enforcement duties, reporting, and limited waivers for lack of infrastructure.

For more on the regulations, click here.

May 1, 2018 - Legislative Deadlines - Final Actions

The week ending April 27th was the final week for bills with a fiscal impact to pass out of policy committees. Here are some major actions taken by the Legislature:

AB 1911 (Lackey) - Child abuse reporting: cross -reporting among local agencies - Failed

This bill would require each county, by January 1, 2029, to establish a private and secure online database for purposes of cross-reporting substantiated reports of child abuse and neglect among agencies and individuals authorized to receive that information. This bill would provide that the database reflect a real time, Web-based information sharing system that allows rapid and secure electronic transmission and receipt of mandated cross-reports ensuring that the proper agencies receive the report and provide a detailed history of past incidents.

Status: Failed in the Assembly Public Safety Committee on April 17, 2018.

UCC Position: Concerns.

AB 1912 (Rodriguez) - Public employees retirement - Passed

This bill would specify that if an agency to a Joint Powers Agreement participates in a public retirement system, all parties both current and former to the agreement, would be jointly and severally liable for all obligations to the retirement system.

Status: Passed the Assembly Judiciary Committee on April 24, 2018.

UCC Position: Oppose.

AB 2890 (Ting) - Land use: accessory dwelling units - Passed

This bill would authorize ADUs to be created in areas that are developed with single-family or multi-family units, require the ordinance to designate areas where accessory dwelling units are excluded for fire and life safety purposes, and limits the types of restriction a local agency may impose on ADUs. Specify that an ADU is not subject to impact fees, connection fees, capacity charges or other charges by a local agency, school district, or special district. At the hearing the author indicated that the fee provisions would be taken out of the bill.

Status: Passed the Assembly Housing and the Assembly Local Government Committees on April 25, 2018.

UCC Position: Oppose.

AB 3085 (Calderon) - Homelessness: New Beginnings California Program - Passed with Amendments

This bill would establish the New Beginning Program to provide grant funding to cities to implement employment programs for the homeless. The author agreed to take amendments to include the counties in this program.

Status: Passed the Assembly Housing Committee as amended on April 25, 2018.

UCC Position: Support if amended.

AB 3147 (Caballero) - Fee mitigation act: housing developments - Passed with Amendments

This bill would prohibit a housing development project from being subject to a fee, charge, dedication, reservation or other exaction that is more than this in effect at the time that the application for the housing development project is determined to be complete. At the hearings, the author agreed to take amendments to limit the freeze of the fees to 2 years to be at the time the application is deemed complete. The author did not take the committee amendment to post the fee schedule on local governments websites.

Status: Passed the Assembly Housing and Local Government Committees on April 25, 2018.

UCC Position: Oppose.

AB 3171 (Ting) - Homeless Persons Services Block Grant - Held

This bill would establish the Local Homelessness Solutions Program and create an account for the purpose of providing funding to cities. This bill would appropriate an unspecified sum from the General Fund.

Status: Pulled from committee hearing by the author.

UCC Position: Support if Amended.

SB 828 (Wiener) - Land Use: housing element - Passed with Amendments

This bill would make several changes to the housing element including requiring the program to identify actions that will be taken to accommodate 125% of the cities or counties share of the Regional Housing Needs Assessment (RHNA). This bill would prohibit the final allocation plan from considering the underproduction of housing from the previous cycle to justify a lower allocation for a particular local government and would make new requirements on the COGS regarding the housing element. At the hearing, Senator Beall noted that he would be working with the author on additional amendments which include adding a definition of multi-family housing, dealing with conflicts with AB 1397, and negotiating on the increase in the number of sites (was 200%).

Status: Passed the Senate Transportation and Housing Committee on April 24, 2018.

UCC Position: Concerns.

SB 831 (Wieckowski) - Land use: accessory dwelling units - Passed with Amendments

This bill would authorize a local agency to provide by ordinance for the creation of ADU in areas where a single-family or multi-family use is authorized and would require the ordinance to designate areas where ADU may be excluded for fire and life safety purposes. Provides that if a permit is not acted upon within 60 daysthen it is deemed approved. The Committee requested amendments to allow water and sewer fees to be charged and to put a cap on the school fees.

Status: Passed the Senate Governance and Finance Committee on April 25, 2018.

UCC Position: Oppose.

SB 912 (Beall) - Housing: Homeless programs and affordable housing - Passed

This bill would provide $2 billion General Fund for various housing and homeless programs to address the affordable housing and homeless issue.

Status: Passed the Senate Transportation and Housing Committee on April 24, 2018.

UCC Position: Support.

SB 1125 (Atkins) - Federally qualified health center and rural health clinic services - Passed

This bill would authorize Federally Qualified Health Centers (FQHCs), and Rural Health Centers (RHCs) to bill Medi-Cal for two visits in the same day.

Status: Passed the Senate Health Committee on April 24, 2018.

UCC Position: Support.

SB 1206 (DeLeon) - No Place Like Home - Passed

This bill would enact the NPLH of 2018 and submit that act to the voters on the November 2018 ballot. This bill would specify that the service contracts between the authority and HCD may be single year or multiyear contracts and provide for payments to HCD from amounts on deposit in the Supportive Housing SubAccount.

Status: Passed the Senate Health Committee on April 25, 2018.

UCC Position: Support.

SB 1469 (Skinner) - Land use: Accessory Dwelling units - Passed with Amendments

This bill is similar to AB 2890 and would also authorize ADUs to be created in areas that are developed with single-family or multi-family units, require the ordinance to designate areas where accessory dwelling units are excluded for fire and life safety purposes, and limits the types of restriction a local agency may impose on ADUs. This bill also provides that an ADU is not subject to impact fees, connection fees, capacity charges or other charges by a local agency, school district, or special district. The author accepted amendments to allow for sewer and water fees and to limit school fees to $3,000.

Status: Passed the Senate Governance and Finance Committee on April 25, 2018.

UCC Position: Oppose.

April 25, 2018 - Legislative Deadlines - This past week was a chaotic one at the state capitol with many bills passing but a few failed or held in committee due to the upcoming deadline to pass the first policy committee. This upcoming week looks just as hectic with several bills up in committee.

AB 2717 (Lackey) - Cannabis local control- Passed Assembly Business and Professions

The bill would authorize a city to contract in writing with the county in which it is located to arrange for the county to fulfill any of the city's regulatory functions relating to licensees located within the jurisdictional boundaries of the city.

Status: Pending in the Assembly Appropriations Committee.

UCC Position: Support and Co-Sponsor.

SB 827 (Wiener) - Planning and Zoning - Failed in Senate Transportation and Housing

This bill would override county general plans, housing elements, specific plans, and zoning ordinances in unincorporated areas located near qualifying transit service, even if such plans already allow for higher-density residential uses.

Status: Failed in the Senate Transportation and Housing Committee on a 4-6 vote.

UCC Position: Oppose.

April 19, 2018 - SB 2 Homeless Funds - HCD Proposal - HCD provided an update on how the homeless funds under SB 2, the Building Homes and Jobs Act, would be used. HCD is proposing the following possible eligible uses, subject to further legislative refinement:

  • Rental assistance, which could include rapid rehousing, with expanded flexibility beyond current program parameters.
    Operating subsidies in the form of 15-year capitalized operating reserves in new and existing affordable housing units to deeply target those units to Californians exiting homelessness.

  • Local programs that establish or support "flexible housing subsidy pools" that pool available local dollars to commit rental subsidies to private landlords and supportive and affordable housing providers.

  • Operating support for short term, emergency housing interventions, such as navigation centers, that provide temporary room and board with limited barriers to entry while case managers work to connect homeless individuals and families to income, public benefits, health services, shelter, and housing.

  • Landlord incentives, such as subsidies for landlords while waiting for Housing Choice Voucher approval and reserves for unexpected vacancies.

  • Systems support for coordinated entry systems, diversion programs and service integration, data and Homeless Management Information Systems reporting, and homelessness planning.

The funds will be block granted and permissive in uses through the menu of eligible activities.

The details of these modifications are subject to final budget language approved in the state budget process, which will be completed before the end of June for the 2018-19 fiscal year beginning July 1. Once the budget process is complete, the Department will be prepared to adopt any changes and provide a timeline for a NOFA.

President Trump Executive Order on Reducing Poverty and Changing Work Requirements

The Executive Order includes the following:

  • Enforcing work requirements already in law and also 'strengthen' work requirements. Those initiatives could include consolidating workforce programs. It also suggests introducing new work requirements when legally permissible.

  • Intends to find ways to 'empower' government agencies and others to 'effectively administer and manage public assistance programs,' including the 'freedom to design and implement programs' to meet their communities' needs.

  • Urges investments to combat payment errors and verify participant eligibility.

April 10. 2018 - New Bills

SB 1163 (Galgiani) - Postmortem examination or autopsy: unidentified body or human remains: medical examiner: attending physician and surgeon

This bill would require a postmortem examination or autopsy upon an unidentified body or human remains to only be conducted by an attending physician and surgeon or chief medical examiner who is a board-certified forensic pathologist. The bill would require an agency tasked with the exhumation of a body or skeletal remains of a deceased person that has suffered significant deterioration or decomposition, where the circumstances surrounding the death afford a reasonable basis to suspect that the death was caused by or related to the criminal act of another, to perform the exhumation under the direction of a board-certified forensic pathologist and would authorize that board-certified forensic pathologist to retain the services of an anthropologist.

Status: Amended on April 3, 2018; Pending in the Senate Rules Committee for assignment.

UCC Position: Pending.

SB 1415 (McGuire) - Building standards: violations

The bill would require a local agency that is responsible for enforcing building standards to submit to the State Fire Marshal an annual report containing information on the total number of structures within the local agency's responsibility, categorized by occupancy classification, as defined, and required frequency of inspection, and the number of those structures that are overdue for inspection. The bill would require an enforcement agency to post conspicuously at least one copy of specified documents relating to violations of these provisions on the building. The bill would require an enforcement agency that issues a notice to correct a violation or to abate a nuisance pursuant to these provisions to include in that notice specified information related to what provisions were alleged to have been violated and what the owner is required to do to correct or abate those violations.

Status: Amended on April 4, 2018; Pending in the Senate Transportation and Housing Committee.

UCC Position: Pending.

April 3, 2018 - Legislature Reconvenes - The Legislature returned Monday, April 2nd after a week-long recess for spring break. The next few weeks will be very busy with policy committees hearing bills with an upcoming deadline of April 27, 2018 for passage for fiscal bills out of first policy.

March 28, 2018 - Budget Hearings - Cap and Trade and 340 B Issue

Cap and Trade

Both houses heard the Cap and Trade Investment Plan proposed by the Governor. Many questions were asked including the lack of funding for CalRecycle and other programs. UCC testified in support for additional funding for the Transformative Climate Communities which provides funding to local governments for reducing GHG.

340B Drug Issue

The Governor's budget proposes to eliminate this program which provides needed drug rebates to public hospitals and other health care providers. UCC testified in opposition to this proposal. At the hearing Senator Pan noted that there should be some alternative instead of just eliminating the program.

March 13, 2018 - Budget Hearings on IHSS and SB 2 (Atkins) Implementation - There are two important Budget Subcommittee hearings being held in the Legislature:

Assembly Subcommittee #1 - Wednesday, March 14, 2018


Please see our joint letter with comments on the IHSS MOE.

Senate Subcommittee #4 - Thursday, March 15, 2018

SB 2 Implementation and Trailer bill

Please see our joint letter on the homeless funding proposed in the Trailer Bill.

March 1, 2018 - State Audit of Mental Health Services Act - The California State Auditor released an audit on the Mental Health Services Act on February 27, 2018. This report found that the Department of Health Care Services (DHCS) did not adequately spend MHSA funds and did not give direction to counties regarding the reserve and interest funds counties have under MHSA. The audit also found that DHCS does not enforce annual revenue and expenditure reporting nor has it performed fiscal or program audits.

The audit also reviewed three mental health agencies - Alameda, Riverside, and San Diego counties -- and determined that they allocated their MHSA funds appropriately and they generally monitored the MHSA-funded projects effectively.

Some of the recommendations from the audit include the following:

  • Require DHCS to develop an MHSA fiscal reversion process, clarify that the interest the local mental health agencies earn is subject to the same reversions process, and establish and enforce an MHSA reserve level that will allow mental health agencies to maintain sufficient funds.

  • Require DHCS to publish its proposed regulations by June 2018 which includes the fiscal reversion process and reserve levels.

  • The Oversight Commission should continue its efforts to help mental health agencies understand the types of innovation projects, finalize its internal processes for reviewing and analyzing the program status reports no later than July 2018, and require the local mental health agencies uniformly report data on their uses of triage grants.

Click here for a copy of the audit.

February 28th, 2018 - SB 1 Study Released - The American Road and Transportation Builders Association (ARTBA) released a study in late February, 2018 called The Economic Impacts of Senate Bill 1 on California that quantifies the immediate economic activity from the investments made under SB 1.

Here are some of the key economic impacts identified in the report:

  • Support an average of 68,000 jobs per year over the 10 years that will yield approximately $3.3 billion in wages for California workers each year.

  • Savings of $300 per household in CA in total "user benefits" including less time spent sitting in traffic and reduced vehicle operating and maintenance costs.

  • Increase business sales by $112 billion over 10 years.
    •Support $182.6 billion in increased economic activity and benefits to California residents and business over the next decade.

  • Drivers will save $8.2 billion in vehicle operating costs over 10 years.

  • Saves $1.6 billion per year (e.g., reduced travel times) for the 14 million trucks that use the urban interstate, an average of $114,000 per truck each year.

  • Reduce collisions, injuries and fatalities valued at $584 million over 10 years.

  • Support the repair, repaving, and reconstruction of 84,000 lane miles of roadway on 19,000 miles of roadway.

  • Replacement of an additional 556 state and local bridges.

February 21, 2018 - Bill Introduction Deadline – February 16, 2018

The bill introduction deadline was February 16, 2018 with over 2,000 bills being introduced for the session. The majority of the bills are related to affordable housing, homelessness, cannabis, fire response, and sexual harassment provisions for employers. Here are some of the bills that have provisions or are a priority:

AB 2273 (Jones-Sawyer) – Electrified security fences

This bill would instead make an electrified security fence a permitted use unless installation and operation of an electrified fence is explicitly prohibited by a local ordinance.

AB 2458 (Weber) – Qualified special taxes: exemption: information

This bill would provide that if a school district provides for an exemption from a qualified special tax, a county tax collector would be required to include a hyperlink on the tax collectors homepage to another location on the tax collector’s Internet Web site that contains information on how to apply for that exemption and would require the county tax collector to include a hyperlink to the homepage of the tax collector on each county tax bill.

AB 2717 (Lackey) – Cannabis: local control: city responsibility for county regulatory function – UCC Co-Sponsor

This bill would require a city to assume from the county complete responsibility for any regulatory function related to licensees located within the jurisdiction boundaries of the city, regardless of whether the state delegates to the city full power and authority to enforce MAUCRSA. This bill would also authorize a city to contract in writing with the county in which it is located to arrange for the county to fulfill any of the city’s regulatory functions relating to licensees located within the jurisdictional boundaries of the city.

UCC Position: Support.

AB 2753 (Friedman) – Density bonuses: density bonus applications

This bill would require that if a city or county does not determine whether a density bonus application is complete within 30 calendar days after it was submitted, then the application is deemed approved.

SB 1152 (Hernandez) - Hospital patient discharge process: homeless patients

This bill would require the health facilities to develop a written plan for coordinating services and referrals for homeless patients including procedures for homeless patient discharge referrals, designating liaisons at each participating entity, and coordination protocols.

SB 1153 (Stern) - Local initiatives: review

This bill would require the county counsel for county initiative measure and the city attorney for municipal initiative measures to initiate a public review for a period of 30 days by posting the text of the proposed initiative on their website and inviting public comments on the measure.

February 15, 2018 - BSCC Juvenile Regulations Adopted - The Board of State and Community Corrections adopted the juvenile regulations on February 8, 2018. Highlights of the proposed revisions include the following: changes to regulations requiring more detailed reporting of use of force incidents; assuring that chemical agents will be employed only after sufficient attempts at de-escalation of potentially violent situations; implementation of trauma-informed care considerations to ensure the safety of all youth and staff; ensuring transition and aftercare plans to help successful reintegration into community; and ensuring that youth will be allowed to have their own underwear throughout their stay.

One issue on which the Board's Executive Steering Committee did not reach agreement is the number of juveniles that one corrections officer can oversee safely. Advocates argued that officers should supervise no more than eight young people in juvenile halls during daytime hours instead of the current one-to-10 ratio. The Executive Steering Committee that directed the regulations revisions was split on whether a staffing ratio change is necessary, with half of the members expressing concerns that fiscal considerations would strap agencies and lead to fewer rehabilitative programs, and could lead to the closing of some small-county institutions.

The Board ultimately opted to keep the current 1:10 ratio after reading comments submitted in writing to the Board and hearing from a variety of advocates and local chiefs of probation.

For more information please click here.

January 10, 2018 - The Governor's Budget was released today. The Budget continues to allocate funds to the Rainy Day Fund but does have some other funding dedicated to programs that affect counties.

Here are some of the major issues for counties:

  • $27.5 million in additional funding for IHSS county administration.

  • $117.3 million for Incompetent to Stand Trial changes and investments. This includes $2.5 million from the Mental Health Services Act to help counties develop innovative plans to address the IST population.

  • Implementation and funding for transportation projects through SB 1.

  • Policy changes to prohibit the use of 340b drugs in Medi-Cal which could negatively impact public hospitals.

  • $3 million in additional funding to HCD to implement the housing package adopted in 2017.

  • •$134 million to counties for elections systems upgrades.

Click here for the UCC Summary of the Governor's Budget.

The Legislative Analyst's Office also released an overview of the Governor's Budget and notes the major proposals in the Budget, and offers the following comments on some of the proposals:

  • May Revise May Include More Revenues. The LAO notes that more revenues may be available by May Revision due to the fact that the Proposition 98 guarantee has been met and due to the fact that the Governor's Budget did not include the reauthorization of CHIP which could provide additional General Fund Savings.

  • Recommend Scrutiny of Proposition 55 calculation. Proposition 55 which passed in 2016 extended tax rate increases on high-income Californians to be used for the Medi-Cal program. The Governor's Budget does not include additional funding to Medi-Cal from Proposition 55; therefore, the LAO recommends that the Legislature scrutinize the calculations.

  • Legislature's Election Administration Priorities. The LAO notes that the Governor's proposal to assist counties has merit but notes that the Legislature may wish to consider the extent to which the proposal would advance its overall priorities for election administration in the state.

Click here for the LAO analysis.

October 3, 2017 - Housing Package Signed - On September 29th, 2017, the Governor held a signing ceremony and signed the package of 15 housing bills passed by the Legislature. Included in the package are the following bills:

SB 2 (Atkins) – Building Homes and Jobs Act
UCC Position: No position.
Status: Signed, Chapter 364.

SB 3 (Beall) – Veterans and Affordable Housing Bond
UCC Position: Support.
Status: Signed, Chapter 365.

SB 35 (Wiener) – Housing: streamlining
UCC Position: Amend.
Status: Signed, Chapter 366.

SB 166 (Skinner) – Residential density and affordability
UCC Position: Amend.
Status: Signed, Chapter 367.

SB 167 (Skinner) – Housing Accountability Act
Status: Signed, Chapter 368.

SB 540 (Roth) – Workforce Opportunity Zones
UCC Position: Support.
Status: Signed, Chapter 369.

AB 72 (Santiago) – Attorney General: enforcement: housing laws
UCC Position: Amend
Status: Signed, Chapter 370.

AB 73 (Chiu) – Housing sustainability districts
UCC Position: Support.
Status: Signed, Chapter 371.

AB 571 (Garcia, E) – Farmworker Housing
UCC Position: Support.
Status: Signed, Chapter 372.

AB 678 (Bocanegra) – Housing Accountability Act
UCC Position: Neutral.
Status: Signed, Chapter 373.

AB 879 (Grayson) – Planning and zoning: housing element
UCC Position: Oppose Unless Amended.
Status: Signed, Chapter 374.

AB 1397 (Low) – Local planning: housing element: inventory of land for residential development
UCC Position: Amend
Status: Signed, Chapter 375.

AB 1505 (Bloom) – Land use: zoning regulations
UCC Position: Support.
Status: Signed, Chapter 376.

AB 1515 (Daly) – Planning and zoning: housing
UCC Position: Oppose Unless Amended.
Status: Signed, Chapter 378.

AB 1521 (Bloom) – Assisted Housing Developments
UCC Position: Support.
Status: Signed, Chapter 377.

September 20, 2017 - Legislative Session Adjourns - On Saturday, September 16, 2017, the Legislature officially adjourned the 2017 Legislative session around 2:30 a.m. Below is a summary of the major actions affecting urban counties:

AB 1250 (Jones-Sawyer) - Counties and cities: contracts for personal services - HOT BILL- HELD
Status: Held in Senate Rules.
UCC Position: Oppose.

SB 649 (Hueso) - Small Cells - HOT BILL - ENROLLED
Status: Passed the Assembly Floor on a 46-16 vote and passed the Senate Floor on a 22-10 vote. We were able to get more no votes and numerous members abstaining. Please ask the Governor to VETO this bill.
UCC Position: Oppose.

Housing Package – Enrolled (Funding Measures):

SB 2 (Atkins) - Building Homes and Jobs Act
UCC Position: No position.

SB 3 (Beall) - Veterans and Affordable Housing Bond
UCC Position: Support.

Other Policy Bills Passed that are part of the Housing Package:

AB 72 (Santiago) - Attorney General: enforcement: housing laws
UCC Position: Amend.

AB 73 (Chiu) - Housing sustainability districts
UCC Position: Support.

AB 571 (Garcia, E) - Farmworker Housing
UCC Position: Support.

AB 678 (Bocanegra) - Housing Accountability Act
UCC Position: Neutral.

AB 879 (Grayson) - Planning and zoning: housing element
UCC Position: Oppose Unless Amended.

AB 1397 (Low) - Local planning: housing element: inventory of land for residential development
UCC Position: Amend

AB 1515 (Daly) - Planning and zoning: housing
UCC Position: Oppose Unless Amended.

SB 35 (Wiener) - Housing: streamlining
UCC Position: Amend.

SB 166 (Skinner) - Residential density and affordability
UCC Position: Amend.

SB 167 (Skinner) - Housing Accountability Act
This bill is identical to AB 678 (see above).

SB 540 (Roth) - Workforce Opportunity Zones
UCC Position: Support

Trailer Bills Signed

On Saturday, the Governor signed several Budget Trailer bills including the following:

AB 109 (Cmte on Budget) - Budget Trailer Bill
UCC Position: No Position.
Status: Signed.

AB 130 (Cmte on Budget) - Health and Human Services
UCC Position: Support.
Status: Signed.

AB 133 (Cmte on Budget) - Cannabis Regulations
UCC Position: No Position.
Status: Signed.

September 12, 2017 - Key Bills Still in Play - With the end of session less than a week away, there are a couple of key bills still in play that UCC requests your participation in Opposing:

AB 1250 (Jones-Sawyer) - Counties and cities: contracts for personal services - HOT BILL

This bill would require specific standards for the use of personal services contracts by counties and restrict the ability of counties to contract out for services.

Status: Pending in Senate Rules. Please continue to contact your Senator and ask that the bill stay in Senate Rules and that no amendments can fix this bill.

UCC Position: Oppose.

SB 649 (Hueso) - Small Cells - HOT BILL - Request NO Vote on Assembly Floor

This bill would require cities and counties to lease vertical infrastructure to wireless carriers for a maximum fee of $250 per pole per year and in order to use the infrastructure the local government must request the space from the carrier.

Status: Pending on the Assembly Floor and can be taken up as early as today. Please continue to contact your Assembly Member and request a NO vote.

UCC Position: Oppose.

August 31, 2017 - No Place Like Home Guidelines - The California Health Facilities Financing Authority (CHFFA) approved the completed guidelines along with the rest of the No Place Like Home Program, including all of the financing aspects.

The agenda and staff materials for the August 24 CHFFA meeting are available here. The completed guidelines will now be transmitted to the Attorney General's Office for validation, which should take place before the end of the month. Once the Attorney General files the validation all conversation on the interpretation of the guidelines or discussions about the process in coming to policies can be considered part of the record and can be used in the court validation.

The Department of Housing and Community Development will be able to speak factually to what is in the guidelines moving forward. HCD is hoping for a court ruling by spring, however the process could take up to two years. After the guidelines have been finalized, HCD will have a NOFA out within 150 days. Because changes can be made to the guidelines through the court, these guidelines are not final.

August 21, 2017 - Legislature Returns from Summer Recess - Today is the first day back for the Legislature and with only four weeks left in this Legislative Session, we are at a critical juncture for several important bills. This includes our two top bills: AB 1250 and SB 649 as well as the housing package which may be taken up this week.

July 31, 2017 - Cap and Trade Measures Signed by Governor
AB 378 and AB 617 are the two cap and trade bills that were passed by both houses of the Legislature on July 17, 2017.

AB 378 (Garcia, E) – California Global Warming Solutions Act of 2006: market-based compliance mechanisms

This bill would extend the Air Resources Board’s authority to operate cap and trade until December 31, 2030, requires ARB to update the scoping plan, suspends the State Responsibility Area Fee, and provides additional tax exemptions for energy generation and production.

AB 617 (Garcia, C) – Nonvehicular air pollution: criteria air pollutants and toxic air contaminants

This bill would require the ARB to establish a uniform statewide system for stationary sources to report their emissions, creates an expedited schedule for certain facility to implement best achievable retrofit control technology, increases civil and criminal penalties for certain types of emissions, and creates community emissions reduction programs.

Last week, both houses of the California Legislature passed the two measures on Cap and Trade.

The Governor signed both of these measures on July 25, 2017.

July 19, 2017 - Fresno County Joins UCC - At the UCC Board meeting last week, the Board approved the request by Fresno County to join UCC. We are pleased to welcome Fresno County to the Urban Counties of California.

July 19, 2017 - Cap and Trade Bills - AB 378 (Garcia, E) – California Global Warming Solutions Act of 2006: market-based compliance mechanisms

This bill would extend the Air Resources Board’s authority to operate cap and trade until December 31, 2030, requires ARB to update the scoping plan, suspends the State Responsibility Area Fee, and provides additional tax exemptions for energy generation and production.

AB 617 (Garcia, C) – Non-vehicular air pollution: criteria air pollutants and toxic air contaminants

This bill would require the ARB to establish a uniform statewide system for stationary sources to report their emissions, creates an expedited schedule for certain facility to implement best achievable retrofit control technology, increases civil and criminal penalties for certain types of emissions, and creates community emissions reduction programs.

June 28, 2017 - Governor Brown Signs State Budget - Yesterday Governor Brown signed a balanced California State Budget. The Governor stated: “California is taking decisive action by enacting a balanced state budget. This budget provides money to repair our roads and bridges, pay down debt, invest in schools, fund the earned income tax credit and provide Medi-Cal health care for millions of Californians.” To review the full press release click here.

Below are budget bills that have been signed by the Governor thus far:

AB 97 – Main Budget Bill
Chapter 14

AB 99 – School Finance
This bill makes changes to various education programs including child care and school facilities.
Chapter 15

AB 102 – Board of Equalization
This bill creates a new Department of Tax and Fee Administration and transfers much of the BOE responsibilities to this new department.
Chapter 16

AB 103 – Public Safety
This bill provides changes to in-person visitation and grandfathers all existing facilities with video visitation, changes to BSCC programs, changes to probation and to state hospitals.
Chapter 17

AB 107 – Developmental Services
This bill makes changes to various programs in developmental services.
Chapter 18

AB 111 – State Government
This bill makes changes to various state agencies and programs including Transitional Housing and changes to HCD and DOJ.
Chapter 19

AB 115 – Transportation
This bill makes changes to the transportation program including design bid, active transportation and other programs.
Chapter 20

AB 119 – State Government
This bill makes changes to employee orientations. No Place Like Home and other state programs.
Chapter 21

AB 120 – Budget Bill Jr.
Chapter 22

SB 85 – Education
This bill makes changes to community colleges, adult education and UC and CSU systems. Includes MHSA funding for community colleges.
Chapter 23

SB 89 – Human Services
This bill makes several changes to social services programs including CalWORKs.
Chapter 24

SB 90 – Social Services/IHSS
This bill makes changes to the IHSS MOE program, including share of costs, reopener and other provisions.
Chapter 25

SB 92 – Public Resources
This bill makes changes to several public resource programs and departments.
Chapter 26

SB 94 – Cannabis
This bill makes changes to programs under the MCRSA and AUMA (Prop 64) for the implementation of regulations.
Chapter 27

SB 96 – State Government
This bill changes various state department, including Elections, Labor and Veterans Affairs.
Chapter 28

June 27, 2017 - Federal Health Care Bill - It is anticipated that the Senate will vote on their version of the AHCA sometime this week. The new version would repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act (ACA). Entitled the Better Care Reconciliation Act, the discussion draft is similar to the House-passed American Health Care Act (AHCA; HR 1628).

The major changes that would affect California are as follows:

  • Medicaid Cuts. This bill would phase out the ACA’s enhanced federal Medicaid matching rate over the course of four years – from 90 percent in 2020 down to 75 percent by 2023 – with expansion funds terminating on January 1, 2024. In addition, this measure institutes a Per Capita Cap which will result in even deeper cuts in future years compared to the House bill. Under the Senate proposal, the per capita cap would begin on October 1, 2019, with States able to choose a consecutive two-year period of Medicaid expenditures for the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services to use when calculating the federal payment limit. The House bill would establish fiscal year 2016 expenditures as the base year for calculations.

  • Pre-existing Conditions. While the Senate bill would not change the current law requirement that insurance plans cover pre-existing conditions, it does allow insurance companies to decline to cover essential health care like hospitalizations.

  • Public Health Fund Eliminated. This bill would repeal the Prevention and Public Health Fund. The fund is used by the state and local public health departments to reduce infectious disease and to respond to other public health issues. In fiscal year 2017, the fund allocated $931 million for those efforts.

Senate Majority Leader McConnell intends to bypass committee hearings and markups and bring the bill to the floor as early as Monday, June 26, with a final vote expected on Thursday, June 29. Before the final vote, the Congressional Budget Office (CBO) must provide the upper chamber with a cost estimate of the bill, as well as a projection on the number of individuals who would lose health coverage. This analysis is expected to be released today.

Senators Feinstein and Harris held a conference call with stakeholder last week and asked all stakeholders to reach out to some of the other states that could be a no vote including Maine, Nevada and Alaska.

June 20, 2017 - Legislature Passes Budget - On June 15, 2017, both houses of the Legislature passed the main budget bill (AB 97) and several trailer bills. Below are some highlights of budget:

  • IHSS MOE. The Budget and the Trailer Bill provide the General Fund offsets and other provisions including reopener and loan provisions.

  • CalWORKs Allocation. Budget provides $108.9 million for CalWORKs single allocation for 2017-18.

  • In-Person Visitation. Requires in-person visitation on a prospective basis for any facility that has received a conditional award.

  • Employee Training. This bill requires each public employer to provide the exclusive representative mandatory access to its new employee orientation. The structure, time and manner of the access is subject to compulsory interest arbitration.

  • Cannabis Trailer Bill. This bill makes changes to the Cannabis regulatory structure including the state verification of local license provisions requested by counties.

Click here for the UCC Summary of the Budget as well as the status on the Budget bill and the trailer bills.

June 13, 2017 - Cannabis Trailer Bill Update - Today, the Assembly, Senate and Administration released an updated cannabis trailer bill as a compromise deal that will move forward with the budget. The language, contained in SB 94/AB 110, is available online through the following link:

Attached is an overview chart, which outlines changes to the April TBL and relevant code sections.

June 12, 2017 - The Budget Conference Committee adopted the conference report on June 8, 2017. Please see attached chart of UCC’s Budget Actions.

The DOF's opening comments expressed the importance of a prudent reserve, along with restating the Administration's high priorities, which included the May Revision for counties re the IHSS MOE.

The Committee adopted the Governor's Revenue estimates. Addendum pages link, which includes information on the revenue estimates: http://sbud.senate.ca.gov/budgetinformation

The Senate Budget and Fiscal Review Committee will be having hearings next Tuesday, June 13th and Wednesday, June 14th, upon call of the chair, to discuss/hear the proposed budget trailer bills. The Assembly Budget Committee also is expected to have similar hearings next week, though the dates/times have not been set.

We will report back as more information is available.

June 3, 2017 - UCC Budget Update - The Budget Conference Committee met over the last two days and has been through Education, Health and Human Services, and the State Government sections. They have adjourned until Monday, June 5, 2017 at 1:30 to go through the Resources section.

One of the major actions was to adopt the Senate version for the Public Hospitals Graduate Medical Education item which is consistent with our request.

All other major issues remain Open. Please see the attached chart for the status of the items we are following.

May 30, 2017 - May Revise Update -- Both the Assembly and Senate Budget Committee have met and adopted their final actions on the May Revise. Attached please find a chart of the items we are tracking and their status. Here are some of the major issues:

  • IHSS MOE. Both houses adopted placeholder Trailer Bill language so this item will not be in Budget Conference Committee. However, counties continue to work on the language with Finance which may be available as early as next Tuesday.
  • Jail Visitation. Both houses adopted a proposal by the Senate to require county jails to provide in-person visitation. There are 8 facilities that are exempted for five years, but all other facilities must comply immediately. This is not going to conference.
  • Jail Funding. The Senate adopted a proposal to redirect Jail Funding.

May 22, 2017 - Budget Subcommittee Actions

  • IHSS MOE. Both houses heard the issue and have held the item open. The Senate is expected to take action on Tuesday morning, and the Assembly Budget Subcommittee is holding a vote-only hearing Tuesday afternoon.
  • Jail Visitation. Both houses adopted an alternative proposal to require county jails to have in-person visitation. It does exempt eight facilities including those in San Bernardino and San Mateo but requires these facilities to have in-person visitation available in 5 years. The proposal funds this new mandate by using any funds reverted back to the BSCC, however, that is not a reliable funding source. Since both houses adopted the same proposal this will not be going to conference committee.
  • CalWORKs. The May Revision includes a reduction in the CalWORKs single allocation which has been opposed by CWDA and some individual counties. Both houses have heard this item and left it open.

Key Hearings

The Full Senate Budget and Fiscal Review is scheduled to meeting on Tuesday, May 23rd at 8:30 a.m. to take actions on the remaining open issues.

The Assembly Budget Committee is scheduled to meet on Thursday, May 25th at 3:00 p.m. to adopt the final actions.

May 1 2017 - Cannabis Regulation Workshops – 2017 -Bureau of Medical Cannabis Regulations Workshops

  • June 1, 2017 ~ 10:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.
    Adorni Center
    1011 Waterfront Drive, Eureka, CA 95501
  • June 8, 2017 ~ 10:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.
    Junipero Serra Building
    320 W. Fourth Street, Los Angeles, CA 90013
  • June 9, 2017 ~ 10:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.
    Department of Consumer Affairs, Hearing Room, S-102
    1625 North Market Boulevard, Sacramento, CA 95834
  • June 13, 2017 ~ 1:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.
    King Library, Second Floor
    150 E. San Fernando Street, San Jose, CA 95112
  • Tuesday, May 16 ~ 1pm-3pm
    California Department of Food and Agriculture
    Visalia Convention Center, Sequoia Room 303
    East Acequia Avenue Visalia, CA 93219
  • Thursday, May 18 ~ 1pm-3pm
    Ukiah Convention Center, Cabernet Room
    200 South School Street
    Ukiah, CA 95482
  • Thursday, May 25 ~ 1pm-3pm
    California Department of Food and Agriculture Auditorium
    1220 N Street Sacramento, CA 95814
  • June 8, 2017 ~ 10:00 am
    California Department of Public Health
    50 D Street, Room 410A/410B,
    Santa Rosa, CA 95404
  • June 13, 2017 ~ 10:00 am
    1350 Front Street, Auditorium
    San Diego, CA 92101

May 1, 2017 - UCC, CSAC and RCRC wanted to let you know that the State has released the first draft of the regulations on cannabis which are available at www.cannabis.ca.gov. There are three sets of regulations by three licensing agencies: The Bureau of Medical Cannabis Regulation (Bureau), California Department of Food and Agriculture (CDFA), and the Department of Public Health (DPH). Our associations are reviewing the proposed regulations with county counsels so that we can collectively submit comments by the 45-day deadline.

In addition, there are a series of workshops announced on these regulations by each state licensing agency to be held around the state to receive public comments.

The following are some of the major issues addressed in the proposed regulations:

  • Local Control/Authorization of licenses (Bureau). For an applicant to be in good standing, they must provide the name of the local jurisdiction that issued the license, permit or other authorization, name and contract information for the person authorized by the local jurisdiction to sign on its behalf, signature of person authorized to sign on behalf of the local jurisdiction and a statement that the named party is in good standing.
  • General Provisions (All): Definition of premises, security requirements (including personnel and 24 hour video surveillance) and definition of ownership.
  • Delivery (Bureau). All deliveries of medical cannabis must be performed by a delivery employee of a licensed dispensary.
  • Cultivation Licenses (CDFA). Requires cultivation plans of all applicants, new license type for those not growing but drying and curing plants, and environmental protections.
  • Dispensary Licenses (Bureau). Requires purchases to be in exit packaging, limitations on hours of operation, daily limits on sales to patients, no free samples allowed.
  • Distributor Licenses (Bureau). Requires distributors to conduct testing of products, outlines quality assurance requirements and requirements for destruction of the product.
  • Manufacturing Licenses (DPH). Adding two new license types for infused products and businesses that only do packaging and labeling.
  • Product Limitations/Labeling and Packaging (DPH). No products with infusion of alcohol, nicotine and caffeine; list of all ingredients in the labeling, THC levels for edibles and other products.

We will send out our comments on the draft regulations once they are finalized. Please feel free to contact us if you have any questions.

April 24, 2017 - Mark your calendars for a UCC/CSAC/RCRC co-sponsored Counties Cannabis Summit!

This one-day summit is for County supervisors, CAO/CEOs, and senior staff and will cover the changing policy landscape of cannabis medicinal and recreational use post-Proposition 64, local authority and policy development, as well as local opportunities and lessons learned from your colleagues. The summit will address critical policy areas such as what counties are required to do prior to the January 2018 implementation of legalized recreational cannabis, what authority and options counties have, reconciling authority and policy priorities between medical and recreational cannabis, how to successfully navigate state regulatory agencies in the development and implementation of local cannabis policy, and how to learn from others to align local policies to your county priorities.

We will be joined by key state regulators, and experts from counties as well as other states.

WHAT: Counties Cannabis Summit

WHEN: July 19, 2017

WHERE: Library Galleria, 828 I Street, Sacramento

Registration details and agenda for the event will be sent in the near future.

April 7, 2017 - Transportation Funding Passes - SB 1 (Beall), on Transportation Funding passed both houses last night after several hours of debate. The Senate approved SB 1 on a 27-11 vote, while the Assembly approved the bill on a party-line 54-26. SB 1 will increase transportation funding by an average of $5.2 billion per year over the next decade with $3 billion a year going to local governments. This funding is designed to go to fix-it first projects. In addition, a companion measure ACA 5 also passed both houses last night.

The bill is now on the Governor’s desk and he is expected to sign these measures.

March 27, 2017 - Transporation Funding Update -- The Governor and legislative leadership are close to a deal on Transportation funding for $5 billion instead of the $6 billion that is in the current legislation (AB 1 and SB 1). In addition, this new agreement will be in a separate legislative vehicle and may not include funding for transit. The Governor's Office is continuing to press for a deal by April 6th and the Fix Our Roads Coalition continues to have press conferences around the state to increase pressure on the Legislature for a vote on the package.

March 2, 2017 - CCI/IHSS MOE Update - Today, the Senate Subcommittee #3 on Health and Human Services held the first hearing on the Governor's action to unwind the CCI and shift the IHSS costs to counties. The LAO testified at the hearing and provided an overview of 1991 Realignment.

The LAO also reviewed their recommendations from their report (click here) and noted that the 1991 Realignment funds were not sufficient to cover the cost shift.

A panel also testified including: Frank Mecca, CWDA; Matt Cate, CSAC; Kirsten Barlow, CBHDA; Tia Orr, SEIU; and Kristina Bas-Hamilton, UDW. In addition, there were significant opposition in public comment including testimony from UCC on the impacts to urban counties.

The Department of Finance stated they were working with counties on agreeing on the methodology and specific numbers for the cost shift and that they expected their analysis to be completed within the next two weeks. Chair Senator Pan noted concerns and that the Subcommittee would continue to review this item and noted that the 1991 Realignment may have to be looked at to see if it still works for stakeholders.

The Assembly Subcommittee #1 on Health and Human Services is scheduled to hear the same issue next week - Stay tuned.....

February 24, 2017 - UCC's Summary of the Coordinated Care Initiative and IHSS MOE Overview

February 9, 2017 - Transportation Funding Package - The Governor and Legislative Leadership have announced a deadline of April 6, 2017, to get the Transportation Funding Package passed. Attached is the coalition letter to Senate Transportation Committee.

February 3, 2017 - CCI Update -- Below please find joint letters opposing dismantling the CCI, the county IHSS MOE, and shifting IHSS collective bargaining to counties. This results more than $623 million in increased county costs above the amount that counties are dedicating to their current MOE obligations in 2017-18.

IHSS MOE Letter de Leon

IHSS MOE Letter Rendon

January 24, 2017 - Governor Brown gave a passionate State of the State related to the uncertainties California is facing under the new federal Administration. Governor Brown noted that while he has laid out a specific agenda in the past, he instead wanted to provide the basic principles that will guide California’s efforts this year.

Basic principles:

  1. Immigration. Immigrants are part of who we are and what we have become. California has passed protective measures and California will defend every one that has come here and contributed to our state.

  2. Health Care. California more than any other state embraced the Affordable Care Act. Any attempt to repeal the ACA will affect the California state budget directly. California will work with other Governors to protect health care of our people.

  3. Climate Change. They cannot change the facts: temperatures rising. 194 countries have signed the Paris agreement. We cannot fall back. California will join with other states and countries.

  4. Infrastructure. President wants to build and build big. California agrees with the President and will work with him to create jobs.

January 13, 2017 - CCI Unwind -- Unwinding of the CCI program which includes returning IHSS collective bargaining to the counties and removing the current IHSS MOE which caps counties costs at 3.5%. However, parts of the CCI will be maintained including the Cal Medi-Connect and the mandatory enrollment of the dual eligibles. The cost shift of the IHSS MOE which includes county share of cost for the increase to minimum wage is estimated to be $4.4 billion over the next 6 years. (Noted concern regarding federal uncertainty on the Affordable Care Act, but no specific proposal to address the possibility of a repeal by the Trump administration.)

January 11, 2017 - Governor's Budget - UCC Summary of the Governors Budget 2017-18

January 9, 2017 - No Place Like Home (NPLH)- Update and Workshops - The Housing and Community Development (HCD) released their draft paper on NPLH along with a list of public workshops to get comments on this first draft. Attached are the links to the Draft NPLH framework paper and the list of HCD Regional workshops in January 2017.

July 13, 2016 - Attached please find UCC’s Summary of the Final Budget, along with the Budget Action Chart listing the Budget Bills and their current status. The UCC Summary also includes the No Place Like Home Proposal.

July 6, 2016 - AB 1618 - No Place Like Home Proposal – Signed by Governor - AB 1618, the No Place Like Home Proposal was signed by the Governor last week. This is the bill that provides funding to build affordable housing using the Mental Health Services Act. The Governor also signed AB 1622 which provides additional funding or the homeless and administrative funding for DCHS to administer the various reporting requirements.

June 16, 2016 - Both houses of the Legislature passed the main Budget bill and a couple of trailer bills on June 15, 2016. Most of the rest of the Trailer Bills passed on June 16, 2016. To view UCC's Summary of the Governor's Budget click here.

Also attached is the list of all the bills acted upon and their current status.

A couple of Trailer Bills will be taken up next week, including the No Place Like Home bill (AB 1618). Since the No Place Like Home bill has not officially passed, a summary is attached of the most recent version of the bill.

Some of the major proposals in the final Budget include:

  • $270 million in lease revenue bonds for county jail construction.

  • $16.7 million for Community Infrastructure Grants provided to counties.

  • $25 million for the Community-Based Transitional Housing Program (formerly Permit Incentives).

  • Repeal of the Maximum Family Grant.

  • $150 million for the implementation of AB 403 – Continuum of Care.

Some proposals that did not make the final Budget:

  • Cap and Trade Funding.

  • Use By Right and $400 million in funding to HCD for affordable housing.

  • Bond securitization language for the No Place Like Home proposal (delayed until August).

6-6-2016 - Budget Conference Committee - Update - The Budget Conference Committee met last week and went through the entire book of issues. Not much action was taken. Attached is a chart of the issues we are tracking in May Revise. All of our items remain open.

  • There was a lengthy discussion on jail funding with both houses wanting the funding to be spent on services and not jail construction unless more detail was provided on how the funds would be allocated and the specific projects.

  • The Homeless issue was also discussed with support for No Place Like Home and many questions and concerns about the by-right proposal coming from Senator Leno and Senator Neilsen.

5-31-16 - The Budget Conference Committee announced its members for the Senate and Assembly today. The conference committee is to begin tomorrow (June 1). Below are the members:

Assemblyman Phil Ting (D-San Francisco), Chair

Senator Mark Leno (D-San Francisco) (Co-chair)

Assemblyman Richard Bloom (D-Santa Monica)

Assemblywoman Lorena Gonzalez (D-San Diego)

Assemblyman Jay Obernolte (R-Big Bear Lake)

Assemblywoman Kristin Olsen (R-Modesto)

Senator Patricia Bates (R-Laguna Niguel)

Senator Loni Hancock (D-Berkeley)

Senator Ricardo Lara (D-Bell Gardens)

Senator Jim Nielsen (R-Gerber)

May 18, 2016 - The Urban Counties of California held a Board meeting in Sacramento today and took action on the following items:

  • Los Angeles County proposal to create a $100 million State Matching Fund program to combat homelessness – Board Action: Support.

  • Los Angeles County Proposal to allow counties to seek voter approval to impose a special tax on personal income above $1 million to combat homelessness – Board Action: Support.

  • SB 987 (McGuire) – Excise Tax – Board Action: Support.

  • SB 1157 (Mitchell) – In-Person Visitation – Board Action: Oppose.

May 3, 2016 - AB 120 (Committee on Budget) – Election Funding - SIGNED - AB 120 would provide $16.2 million to reimburse counties for costs related to the June 7, 2016 primary as well as for completing statewide ballot initiative signature verifications. UCC is in strong support of this effort since it provides counties funding to ensure that the June primary is a success. The allocation of the funds is to be determined by a formula to be submitted by the Secretary of State. Counties must submit invoices for costs by August 1, 2016 and the counties will be reimbursed by the State Controller.

UCC Position: Support.
Status: Signed by Governor, Chapter 11.

April 14, 2016 - Election Funding Proposal by Secretary of State - Last week, Secretary of State Alex Padilla presented a proposal to the Assembly Budget Subcommittee #4 requesting $32 million for the state and counties to prepare for the upcoming competitive June primary and the possibility of 20 initiatives on the November ballot. At the hearing, representatives from the Department of Finance testified that the Secretary’s proposal seemed to have merit. UCC is in support of this request and to see our letter click here. The committee analysis is also available here.

April 4, 2016 - Maximum Family Grant (MFG) Rule Repeal

The Assembly Budget Subcommittee on Health and Human Services took action last week to repeal the MFG policy in the CalWORKs program. Under current law, a child born into a family receiving assistance through the CalWORKs program is not eligible for assistance unless the pregnancy is the result of rape, incest or a failure of contraception. Repealing the MFG policy would provide benefits to an estimated 130,000 children across the state. This repeal is proposed to take effect on January 1, 2017.

The repeal of the MFG will be funded from the Child Poverty and Family Supplement Support Account that was created in 2013 to capture AB 85 redirection of county Health realignment funding. The Subcommittee is proposing to use the remainder of the funds in the sub account combined with General Funds to make up the rest of the costs.

March 28, 2016 - Governor Brown Announces Minimum Wage Deal

Today, Governor Brown announced a six-year plan to raise the statewide minimum wage to $15 an hour. This deal is expected to cancel two separate initiatives to raise wages planned for the November ballot. The plan would raise the statewide minimum wage by 50 cents on January 1,2017 to $10.50 an hour and be raised in subsequent years ending at $15 on January 1, 2022. The plan does exempt small businesses until 2023.

It is anticipated that the Legislature would vote on this new proposal sometime this week.

March 3, 2016 - MCO Fix Signed Into Law

On March 1, 2016, Governor Brown signed a new Managed Care Organization (MCO) fix package into law.

UCC supports the Governor’s proposal to create a new Managed Care Organization Fix, which is currently in ABx2 20 (Bonta) and SBx2 15 (Hernandez). This fix is critical for counties to have a new funding source for the Coordinated Care Initiative, Medi-Cal, and IHSS as well as maintain the counties IHSS MOE.

February 4, 2016 - Yesterday, AB 21 (Wood) was signed by the Governor. This is an urgency measure which repeals the March 1, 2016 date by which local governments would have to pass a cultivation ordinance and makes changes to Section (g) both in AB 243 from 2015. UCC is in strong support of this measure.

January 21, 2016 - Governor Brown Delivers 2016 State of the State Address

Today, Governor Brown delivered his State of the State Address. Rather than discussing new programs, his focus was on paying for the commitments the State has already made, along with ways of securing future spending and staying prepared for an uncertain future. To read his full speech, please click here.

January 4, 2016 - Attached please find our Summary of the Governor’s January Budget. Also attached is the Realignment Funding Projections for 2016-17.

Some highlights of this package include:

  • New proposal for the MCO Tax which would provide a new three-year tiered MCO tax plan based on the type of health plan. To help plans with costs the state is offering relief in the Gross Premiums Tax and Corporate Tax.

  • Extension of the CCI program for calendar year 2016. Continuation beyond 2016 is linked to the passage of the MCO tax.

  • Transportation Funding proposal and investment in state infrastructure for $3.6 billion annually.

  • $250 million in new grants to counties for local jail facility construction.

  • $3.1 billion Cap and Trade Expenditure Plan.

  • $25 million in Siting Incentive Grants for cities and counties to provide incentive payments to cities and counties that approve new long-term permits for hard-to-site facilities.

  • $169 million for county administration of Medi-Cal.

  • New funding for the implementation of Medical Marijuana Regulations at the various state departments.

January 4, 2016 - 1115 Medi-Cal Waiver Renewal Approved

The Department of Health Care Services (DHCS) recently announced the approval of California’s 1115 Waiver Renewal, which includes $6.2 billion of federal funding to support the state’s Medi-Cal program and health care coverage. The approval extends the waiver from January 1, 2016 through December 31, 2020.

The waiver is called Medi-Cal 2020 and is a vital piece of the state’s implementation of the Affordable Care Act (ACA). On January 25, 2016 DHCS will have a stakeholder webinar to go through the requirements of the waiver and to answer any questions. For additional information about the details of the waiver please click here.

November 2, 2015 - 1115 Medicaid Waiver Deal Reached

The DHCS and CMS have been in negotiations regarding the renewal of California's 1115 Medicaid Waiver. On Saturday, October 31st (the day of the deadline) DHCS and CMS announced a conceptual agreement on the Waiver which will include a temporary extension to December 31st of the existing Waiver while the details of the renewal are worked out through the official Special Terms and Conditions (STCs).

The total initial federal funding in this new proposed Waiver is $6.218 billion, with the potential for additional federal funding in the global payment program to be determined after the first year. This is much higher than the reported amounts during negotiations last week, but is also significantly lower than the original Waiver proposal from March of this year.

The conceptual agreement includes the following core elements:

  • Global Payment Program (GPP) for services to the uninsured in designated public hospital systems (DPH). The GPP converts existing DSH and Safety Net Care Pool (SNCP) uncompensated care funding - which is hospital-focused and cost-based-- to a system focused on value and improved care delivery. The funding of the GPP will include 5 years of the DSH funding that otherwise would have been allocated to DPHs along with $236M in initial federal funding for one year of the SNCP component. SNCP component funding for years two through five would be subject to an independent assessment of uncompensated care.

  • Delivery system transformation and alignment incentive program for DPHs and district/municipal hospitals (DMPH), known as PRIME (Public hospital Redesign and Incentives in Medi-Cal). The federal funding of PRIME for the DPHs is a total of $3.2655 billion over the five years of the Waiver, which includes $700 million for each of the first three years, $630 million in year four, and $535.5 million in year five. The federal funding for the DMPHs is a total of $466.5 million over the five years of the Waiver, which includes $100 million for each of the first three years, $90 million in year four, and $76.5 million in year five.

  • Dental transformation incentive program. The funding of this program is $750M in total funding over 5 years.
    •Whole Person Care Pilot (WPC) program which would be a county-based, voluntary program to target providing more integrated care for high-risk, vulnerable populations. The funding of this program would be up to $1.5B in federal funds over 5 years.

  • Independent assessment of access to care and network adequacy for Medi-Cal managed care beneficiaries.

  • Independent studies of uncompensated care and hospital financing.


The Urban Counties of California is looking for Legal Services for a specific project. Please click here to see the RFQ. For more information contact Jolena Voorhis at (916)327-7531. Deadline for submittal is September 25, 2015.

July 1, 2015 - Governor Calls Two Special Sessions

As part of the Budget agreement, the Governor called two special sessions to address issues that were not included in the final budget agreement:

  • Fixing California Roads, Highways and other Infrastructure. The Governor proposes that the Legislature enact permanent and sustainable funding to:

    • Adequately and responsibly maintain and repair the state’s transportation and other critical infrastructure.

    • Improve the state’s key trade corridors.

    • Complement local efforts for repair and improvements of local transportation infrastructure.

Also to consider and act upon legislation necessary to:

  • Establish clear performance objectives measured by the percentage of pavement, bridges, and culverts in good condition.

  • Incorporate project development efficiencies to expedite project delivery or reduce project costs.

  • Shoring Up Health Care Financing. The Governor proposes that the Legislature enact permanent and sustainable funding to provide at least $1.1 billion annually to stabilize the General Fund costs for Medi-Cal, sufficient funding to continue the restoration of the 7 percent of IHSS hours beyond 2015-16; sufficient funding for additional rate increases for providers of Medi-Cal and developmental disability services.

Also requests that the Legislature enact legislation necessary to:

  • Establish mechanisms so that any additional rate increases expand access to services.

  • Increase oversight and the effective management of services provided to consumers with developmental disabilities through the regional center system.

  • Improve the efficiency and efficacy of the health care system, reduce the cost of providing health care services, and improve the health of Californians.

Attached please find the press releases for both houses.

June 23, 2015 - Budget Package Passed by the Legislature

Both houses passed the revised budget bill and several trailer bills on Friday, June 19, 2015. This version is the package deal agreed to among the Democratic Leadership and the Governor.

Major issues in this version are as follows:

  • Creation of the Earned Income Tax Credit.

  • Restorations to Adult Dental and the IHSS 7% reduction in hours.

  • Change to $15 million for CalWORKs Housing Support program (previous version was $30 million).

  • $20 million for City Law Enforcement Grants.

  • Funding for Incompetent to Stand Trial including funding for the Restoration of Competency program ($4 million).

Attached please find the list of the Trailer Bills and the UCC Summary of the Final Budget. There are some issues that are NOT in this package including changes to the redevelopment dissolution process, and the detailed cap and trade provisions.

May 14, 2015 - Today Governor Jerry Brown released the May Revision for 2015-16. Attached please find UCC's preliminary summary of the Governor’s May Revision, which includes a full repayment of the mandate reimbursements due to counties – a total of $765 million.

January 9, 2015 - Today the Governor released his proposed 2015-16 Budget. The Budget proposes a total budget of $113 billion that provides more funding for education and health care coverage, holds college tuition flat and delivers on Proposition 1 and 2 by investing in long overdue water projects. At the same time the Governor’s Budget proposes to continue to deal with states other long term liabilities – debt, infrastructure, retiree health care and climate change.

Key proposals include:

  • Paying local governments $533 million in mandate payments.

  • Investment in Medi-Cal of $150 million to help counties with the implementation of the Affordable Care Act.

  • Restoration of the 7% across the board cut to IHSS, dependent on a new MCO tax.

  • Caution regarding the CCI program and the possibility of winding down in future years.

  • Continued funding of SB 678 for county probation.

  • Redevelopment dissolution changes.

  • $7 million for deferred maintenance at California fairs.

  • Addressing poverty and income equality through workforce investment.

For UCC's Summary of the budget please click here. To review the Realignment Funding Chart please click here.

January 5, 2015 - Today Edmund G. Brown Jr. was sworn into office for a record fourth time as the Governor of California. To read his Inaugural Address please click here.

September 4, 2014 - End of Legislative Session - It was a strange end of session with very little last minute bills or gut and amends moving through the Legislature. Many of the gut and amends were held in the Senate Rules Committee. Both houses adjourned early Saturday morning and will not reconvene until December.

Here are some of the bills UCC was following:

AB 39 (Skinner) – Public Hospitals
This bill would convert Doctor’s Medical Center to a Designated Public Hospital. The California Association of Public Hospitals and Health Systems (CAPH) are opposed to the bill due the concerns regarding the precedent to expand the number of Designated Public Hospitals without any rationale or analysis. In addition, AB 39 does not require a Section 17000 obligation or any commitment to serving vulnerable populations.
UCC Position: Concerns.
Status: Held in Senate Rules – see SB 883.

AB 1522 (Gonzalez) – Sick Leave
This bill would require employers to provide sick leave to their employees. Recent amendments exempted IHSS workers and any employee under collective bargaining agreements. For counties, this would still apply to temporary or contract employees.
UCC Position: Concerns.
Status: Enrolled.

AB 1582 (Mullin) – Redevelopment
This bill would modify the Redevelopment Dissolution Law’s provisions to allow for the restoration of “contracts or arrangements” between a former redevelopment agency and its sponsoring city. Current law only allows for the restoration of “loans.” In addition, this bill would increase the interest rate on restored loans.
UCC Position: Oppose.
Status: Held in Senate Rules.

AB 2493 (Bloom) – Redevelopment
This bill would allow specific successor agencies of dissolved redevelopment agencies to spend funds that were not under contract in 2011.
UCC Position: Oppose.
Status: Enrolled.

SB 556 (Padilla) – Providers of health and safety labor or services: identification
This bill would require local agencies to provide labeling on uniforms, vehicles and badges if we are contracting for those services.
UCC Position: Oppose.
Status: Enrolled.

SB 883 (Cmte on Budget) - West Contra Costa Healthcare District
This bill would provide $3 million to the West Contra Costa Healthcare District for Doctor’s Medical Center from the Major Risk Medical Insurance Fund.
UCC Position: Neutral.
Status: Enrolled.

August 12, 2014 - The UCC Board of Director’s voted to OPPOSE Proposition 46 on August 6, 2014. - Proposition 46, the Troy and Alana Pack Patient Safety Act of 2014, would make changes to the Medical Injury Compensation Reform Act (MICRA) cap. Attached is the staff memo and background information on Proposition 46.

Under existing law, MICRA allows an injured patient to recover unlimited economic damages for past and future medical expenses; unlimited economic damages for lost wages and lifetime earning potential; unlimited punitive damages for willful misconduct; and up to $250,000 in non-economic damages.

Proposition 46 would make the following changes:

  • Raise the noneconomic damages cap for medical malpractice from $250,000 to approximately $1.1 million (based on CPI) and would also increase the award amount limits on a prospective basis as measured by the CPI.

  • Require hospitals to randomly test physicians for alcohol and drug use.

  • Require health professionals and pharmacists to consult the Controlled Substance Utilization Review and Evaluation System (CURES) maintained by the state Department of Justice prior to prescribing or dispensing controlled substances to a patient for the first time.

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