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01/17/2012 08B Update on Council Retreat Planning bc-fed i/r z/ rZ 7 CITY OF YAKIMA 2012 STATE LEGISLATIVE PRIORITIES CRIMINAL JUSTICE -- GANGS Support legislation that provides for a comprehensive approach to address the growing presence of criminal street gangs throughout the state, including: • Funding for gang prevention and intervention strategies • • Gang Nuisance Abatement Efforts • Anti -Gang Protection Orders • Increased penalties for gang intimidation • Proceeds form forfeited property to local communities for criminal street gang- related law enforcement activities • Sentencing enhancements for gang related offenses, and the use of civil injunctions on known gang members and enterprises • Provide landlords and law enforcement with the tools, to identify and expeditiously remove squatters, gang influences, and those engaged in criminal activities from rental properties Public Defense Funding & Standards: • Support additional funding for local grants through =the Office of Public Defense • Oppose efforts to impose additional unfunded mandates that increase costs to local governments and mandate case load requirements for public defenders. FISCAL-HEALTH AND FLEXIBILITY Ensure continued appropriation of committed state shared funds (such as Streamlined Sales Tax Mitigation, City - County Assistance Account, Liquor Excise Tax, Local Infrastructure Financing Tool, and public health funding). Preserve existing local revenue authorities; and retain current authorities — neither add new requirements nor take currentauthorities away. ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT & INFRASTRUCTURE INVESTMENTS Maintain existing and establish new and broad application of existing tax incentives to promote economic development and infrastructure expansion. Increase Existing Grant and Loan Programs to stay current with'construction inflation: This includes the Public Works Assistance Account (Public Works Trust Fund); Transportation Improvement Board; WSDOT Highways and Local Programs (i.e. Bicycle /Pedestrian Programs). PERSONNEL & LABOR RELATIONS Pursue amendments to criteria for binding interest arbitration: Consider other factors such as ability to pay, economic conditions and other regional characteristics. Pension Funding: Pursue level /stable contribution rates that do not fluctuate with economic "boom/bust" cycles. Defer any increase in employer contributions from July 2011 to January 2012. PREEMPTION OF LOCAL AUTHORITY & UNFUNDED MANDATES Oppose legislation that preempts local authority over policy or operational prerogatives that have historically and traditionally been vested with local government. Oppose unfunded mandates on local government, especially those that would result in the loss of existing revenue or revenue authority. PUBLIC RECORDS Address public records abuses that drive up local costs without enhancing real transparency or the public's right to know. . LIQUOR ENFORCEMENT ACTIVITIES Support continued state funding for the Liquor Control Board's enforcement operations including advocating for increased enforcement levels to address the public safety impacts of expanded sales and availability of liquor. MEDICAL CANNABIS Reform policies and regulations in order to provide more clarity on the medical marijuana law to give local government better guidance on how to address this issue.