December 6, 2013 -
UCC Annual Report
Annual Report for 2013. This report summarizes the
issues that UCC worked on during the year with summaries
of the final budget action, legislative action, and a
summary of ACA Implementation. Happy Holidays!"
October 9, 2013 -
Bill Signed! -- AB 748
AB 748 (Eggman) - Claims Against
This bill provides that in any tax
or fee claim against a public entity that results in a
judgment against the public entity or public employee,
interest must accrue on the amount allowed on the claim
at no more than the U.S. Treasury yield, but shall not
exceed 7 percent per annum. This bill provides that for
post-interest judgment the rate would be the U.S.
Treasury yield plus 2 percent.
Other Key Legislation Signed:
SB 191 (Padilla) - - Emergency
This bill extends the sunset date
on the Maddy Emergency Services Fund until January 1,
2017 and allows counties to continue to use these funds
for emergency services.
SB 328 (Knight) - Public Works
This bill allows counties to use
the at-risk construction project manager alternative for
public works projects over $1 million until 2021.
SB 364 (Steinberg) - Lanterman-Petris-Short
This bill makes changes to the
Lanterman-Petris-Short (LPS) Act which provides for the
involuntary detention, assessment, evaluation and crisis
intervention for a person who, due to a mental disorder,
may pose a danger to themselves or others. The changes
include providing more tools to mental health directors,
requesting that counties provide resources on their
websites, and clarifies the process for a 5150 hold.
September 12, 2013 -
End of the Session Update - We are nearing the
end of the Legislative Session here in Sacramento and
here is a brief update on some of the major bills UCC is
SB 105 (Knight) – Prison Population
Plan – Close to Enrollment
AB 748 (Eggman) – Public Entity:
Interest - UCC Sponsored bill – Enrolled
SB 731 (Steinberg) – CEQA Reform –
July 1, 2013 - SCA 3
(Leno) - Public Information - The Urban
Counties Caucus sent a letter of CONCERNS to the Senate
Floor, which is scheduled to be heard today. Please
here to review letter.
June 20, 2013 - Today the
3-Judge Panel filed an order requiring the State to
implement amended plan to reduce the prison population
to 137.5% design capacity by December 31, 2013. For more
details, please see order below:
Three-Judge Court Update
June 11, 2013 -
A Budget deal has
The Governor wrote:
Legislature is doing their job and doing it well. It
looks like California will get another balanced budget
and, very importantly, educational funding that
recognizes the different needs of California’s students.
The Budget Conference Committee
closed out issues. Click
here to see UCC's chart on Budget Action taken.
May 14, 2013 -
The Governor released the May Revise today --
Attached, please find
UCC's summary. The May Revise's main focus was
education and health care reform. The Governor is still
proposing program realignment as part of the ACA
optional expansion, with county “savings” projected to
be $300 million in 2013-14. However, the May Revision
qualifies that by saying that the savings would be based
on county actual numbers through a mechanism to be
Here are some of the
- State-based expansion of
health care coverage, with a formula to be
determined to achieve the county savings based on
actual county-by-county experience.
- Program realignment still
being proposed and the county savings proposed in
2013-14 is $300 million and would reach $1.3 billion
in 2015-16. Programs considered are CalWORKs, child
care, and food stamps. Secretary Dooley indicated
that there would be a projection of savings and then
a subsequent “true-up” when data becomes available.
- Realignment adjustments
including a proposal to swap inmates who have been
sentenced to longer terms in county jail, additional
funding for SB 678, and clarification regarding
mentally disordered offenders.
- Funding for CalWORKs early
May 3, 2013 -
California Files Court-Ordered Population Reduction Plan
-- Attached please find the prison plan released today
in response to the 3 Judge Panel. More information
including the CDCR press release and background can be
This plan focuses on expanding
capacity and notes that they will challenge the 3 Judge
Panel ruling. The specific list of measures include:
- Expanding the capacity of fire
camps by allowing certain inmates who are currently
ineligible to participate.
- Slowing the rate of returning
out-of-state inmates to California.
- Leasing beds from county jails
and other facilities where there is sufficient
- Increasing good-conduct credit
for non-violent inmates.
- Expanding medical and elderly