Assembly Select Committee Pursues Revitalizing Established Communities - Community development experts testify during bi-partisan, 10 member committee hearing

SACRAMENTO – Wednesday, August 28, Assemblyman Ken Cooley chaired the first hearing of the Assembly Select Committee on Community and Neighborhood Development. The ten member, bi-partisan committee heard from policy and administrative experts who spoke about the impacts of suburban sprawl on our metropolitan areas, and funding needs to help revitalize our aging communities.

Gov. Brown Signs Four New Transparency Bills into Law

This week Gov. Jerry Brown signed several bills into law that bolstered the state government’s transparency and accountability to its constituents.

Two came from Assemblyman Ken Cooley (D-Rancho Cordova), one from Assembly Speaker Perez (D-Los Angeles), and one from Assemblyman Adam Grey (D-Merced).

Assembly Select Committee Pursues Revitalizing Established Communities

SACRAMENTO – Wednesday, August 28, Assemblyman Ken Cooley chaired the first hearing of the Assembly Select Committee on Community and Neighborhood Development. The ten member, bi-partisan committee heard from policy and administrative experts who spoke about the impacts of suburban sprawl on our metropolitan areas, and funding needs to help revitalize our aging communities.

California State Controller’s Statement on Governor’s Signing of Bill to Battle Local Government Bankruptcy

August 29, 2013 - SACRAMENTO – State Controller John Chiang today applauded Governor Jerry Brown for signing AB 1248, a bill authored by Assemblyman Ken Cooley (D-Rancho Cordova), which requires the establishment of internal control standards aimed at preventing local government malfeasance and insolvency. Controller Chiang sponsored this legislation, which was informed by lessons learned during his recent audits of the cities of Bell, Stockton, Hercules, and Montebello.

Law requires stiffer fiscal controls for local agencies

California Gov. Jerry Brown this week signed a bill that could prevent local governments from falling into bankruptcy.

Under Assembly Bill 1248, authored by Rancho Cordova Democrat Ken Cooley, the state controller would develop new guidelines to detect accounting errors and fraud at local agencies. Those guidelines would come from standards from the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants and also input from advocacy groups representing a smattering of local governments.