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Government Watch
September 13, 2013, 05:00 AM

State government

• An urgency bill preventing millions of unspent dollars used by local housing trust funds to create affordable units from being swept into a state program heads to the governor’s desk for signature.

The bill by Assemblyman Rich Gordon, D-Menlo Park, will give existing local housing trust funds access to $8.8 million set aside for establishing new funds but not yet spent. The money in question stems from Proposition 1C which California voters passed in 2006 to provide more than $2 billion in bonds for the development of affordable and emergency housing.

• Assembly Bill 1235, authored by Gordon, would ensure that local officials receive training in general financial management principles and finance management laws relevant to their public service. 

Current law requires local officials to receive ethics training; however, there is no such required training surrounding fiscal management. With assistance from the state treasurer and controller’s offices, AB 1235 would allow an entity (such as a local government or an association of local governments) to develop curriculum to meet their relevant needs. Once the curriculum is developed, local officials will be required to attend financial management training once per term in office, according to Gordon’s office.   

The bill passed the Senate Tuesday and went through the Assembly on concurrence Wednesday. It now heads to the governor’s desk. 

City government

• South San Francisco City Council removed an item recommending Jesús Armas as city manager and executive director of the successor agency to the redevelopment agency on Wednesday night. This decision came during a closed session discussion. The item could make it onto the agenda as early as the council’s next meeting Sept. 25.

• The San Mateo City Council will consider a consent item Monday night to award a contract for replacing windows at Fire Station 21 on Ellsworth Avenue downtown for about $238,000. The council is also expected to approve a long-range property management plan for assets once held by the city’s Redevelopment Agency. The council meets 7 p.m., Monday, Sept. 16, City Hall, 330 W. 20th Ave., San Mateo.



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