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November 2014

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Executive Director's Message

The Fiscal Challenges Ahead for Cities

The Fiscal Challenges Ahead for Cities

With three major municipal bankruptcies in California cities in recent years, it is clear that the risks of overcommitting a city to long-term liabilities are not just theoretical — they are real.

CalTRUST Offers a Safe, Convenient Investment Pool for Local Agencies

CalTRUST Offers a Safe, Convenient Investment Pool for Local Agencies

Organized as a joint powers authority, CalTRUST offers short-term, medium-term and money market accounts. These accounts provide easy, safe and reliable options for public agencies.

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News from the Institute for Local Government

ILG Welcomes California’s Newly Elected Local Officials

ILG Welcomes California’s Newly Elected Local Officials

Newly elected local officials and staff can get up to speed on a variety of key topics using free resources designed to meet their needs.

League Provides Municipal Financial Health Diagnostic Tool

League Provides Municipal Financial Health Diagnostic Tool

California’s economy is improving, and local revenues are picking up. But fiscal challenges remain, especially in the area of escalating costs. More cities are heading into financial peril. This new tool helps a city identify areas of fiscal concern that should be addressed to avert fiscal crisis.

The Balanced Triangle and the City Clerk’s Role in Local Government

The Balanced Triangle and the City Clerk’s Role in Local Government

The clerk’s role is to ensure proper process and open, transparent government. As professional managers, clerks are uniquely qualified to do just that.

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California Cities Helen Putnam Award for Excellence

Vallejo’s Participatory Budgeting Builds Public Involvement, Generates Results

Vallejo’s Participatory Budgeting Builds Public Involvement, Generates Results

The process gives residents a voice in spending decisions.