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AM Alert: What do California cities want?

The San Jose skyline is seen from City Hall in San Jose, Calif., Feb. 5, 2013.
The San Jose skyline is seen from City Hall in San Jose, Calif., Feb. 5, 2013. AP

Legislators get plenty of chances to hear from cities. On matters like cannabis regulation, they hear about the need for local control (in other words, being allowed to continue various bans and restrictions on growing). On transportation funding, they hear annually about the need for more state money to fix deteriorating roads and bridges.

Today representatives of California’s municipalities are convened in San Jose for the annual League of California Cities conclave. They’ll sit in on panels covering every conceivable topic, from implementing new groundwater management laws to reducing retirement costs to the mechanics of cap-and-trade to how charter cities are “under attack” (a recent law mandating prevailing wages drew heavy opposition from the League).

Attendees will also get to hear from Senate President Pro Tem Kevin de León, D-Los Angeles, who will be talking about – you guessed it – climate change, and the role of cities in crafting policies to fight it.

SCHOOLING: We’re squarely in the lawmakers-lobbying-Brown phase of the legislative calendar. Today’s public event features Assemblyman Kevin McCarty, D-Sacramento, educators and Sacramento County District Attorney Anne Marie Schubert asking the governor to sign McCarty’s measure seeking universal preschool. Assembly Bill 47 doesn’t get all the way there, since it doesn’t include the needed budget appropriation Gov. Jerry Brown has already declined to back, but McCarty and allies believe it will prioritize the issue.

WHITHER WATER? With the 25 percent urban water cut ordered by Brown still in effect, we’ll get an update from the State Water Resources Control Board on how cities did in August. Residents slightly beat the target in June and then did even better in July, so we’ll see if people were able to maintain their brown lawns and truncated showers for another month.

STEMWINDER: California’s board overseeing stem cell research meets today to give an update on its finances. State Controller Betty Yee will preside over the Los Angeles meeting of the six-member Citizens Financial Accountability Oversight Committee, created to vet the California Institute for Regenerative Medicine via ballot initiative back in 2004.

CELEBRATIONS: Happy birthday to Rep. Devin Nunes, R-Tulare, who reaches the meaningful age of 42 today.

Jeremy B. White: 916-326-5543, @CapitolAlert

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