Govt. Affairs & Legislative Update: October 30, 2015

Friday, October 30, 2015


  • Irvine City Council meeting on October 27, 2015
  • Presentation honoring Chief Maggard
  • iShuttle transfer to OCTA discussion
  • 4-0 (Choi absent) in favor of moving forward with drafting an agreement with OCTA
  • Would save city $850,000 in operation costs, which would supposedly go back to expanding services
  • Krom somewhat dissented b/c of Lalloway’s past opposition to iShuttle and because she was nervous about him being Chairman of OCTA
  • Sean Joyce assured the Council that they are still the final decision maker on major shifts in services even with the OCTA partnership
  • Discussion over what to do with the Team Orange Solar Decathlon House
  • Estimated to cost 250k to resettle at the Great Park and Council doesn’t want to pay
  • I have already generously offered to take it off their hands.
  • Rep. Paul Ryan elected Speaker of the House
  • Pragmatic fiscal conservative that has sometime ran into opposition from the far right. Consensus builder with moderate reps from both parties.
  • Ex-Im bank reauthorization overwhelmingly passes house, but McConnell is blocking efforts in the Senate so far. McConnell mentioned hope for Ex-Im if the House were to move the Senate’s long term Highway Trust Fund Bill

Local Updates:

Orange County supervisors OK less-restrictive wireless tower rules (OC Register)

A longstanding dispute between county officials and utility companies ended Tuesday with the Board of Supervisors approving regulations for wireless facilities in unincorporated Orange County that allow greater leeway than what was originally proposed.

Irvine set to commission studies to guide development of Great Park’s Cultural Terrace (OC Register)

The council will consider a series of proposed studies, to take place over two phases. The studies – 14 in total – would include analysis of four categories: infrastructure and engineering; planning and circulation; architecture and programming; and finance.

Anaheim’s ARTIC Wasteland (Voice of OC)

As part of their ongoing sales pitch for ARTIC, Anaheim’s $185 million transit center, city officials have said revenue from advertising, naming rights and restaurant leases inside the massive new terminal building would cover its annual operating costs, which run close to $4 million.

California News:

State services tax on the table in 2016; reform plan includes income tax cuts (OC Register)

A proposed state budget overhaul reducing some income taxes in favor of a new tax on services failed to gain traction this year, but will be back on the table in 2016, the plan’s sponsor told the Orange County Taxpayers Association on Wednesday.

Finance Department urges CalPERS to reduce risk (CalWatchdong)

The California Public Employees’ Retirement System is considering reducing its investment risk with a plan that would be so ineffectual it could lead to a “rate shock” when the pension bills come due, according to the California Department of Finance.

CA infrastructure spending hits impasse (CalWatchdog)

From water storage to road repair and beyond, legislators have not met Brown eye to eye, raising the prospect of a protracted conflict that continues well into next year, with elections looming next November.

More truckers join in strike at ports of LA, Long Beach (LA Daily)

More truck drivers joined a strike at the ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach on Thursday, one day after Teamsters President James P. Hoffa threw the support of the union’s 1.4 million members nationwide behind the effort.

Federal News:

Dems blocked on Ex-Im reauthorization (The Hill)

Blocked by Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.), who opposes the Ex-Im Bank. The Republican leader was one of 29 members who voted against reauthorizing the bank as part of a long-term highway bill earlier this year.

Senate passes two-year budget deal (CNN)

The Senate early Friday morning gave final approval to a large fiscal package that would prevent a U.S. default next week and lower the risk of a government shutdown in December.

Obama signs three-week highway bill (The Hill)

President Obama signed into a law a bill to extend federal transportation funding, which had been set to expire on Thursday night, preventing an interruption in the nation’s road and transit spending

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