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December 2016

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Executive Director's Message

Proposition 54 Launches a New Era of Legislative Transparency

Proposition 54 Launches a New Era of Legislative Transparency

The measure won’t put the “gut and amend” game out of business, but it helps California voters, journalists and the democratic process.

Open & Public: Newly Revised Guide to the Brown Act Now Available

Open & Public: Newly Revised Guide to the Brown Act Now Available

City officials, residents and journalists find this practical guide to be an invaluable resource.

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News from the Institute for Local Government

ILG Releases Updated Ethics Resources

ILG Releases Updated Ethics Resources

To help local officials navigate complex state and federal laws, ILG recently updated two of its flagship ethics resources.

A Primer on California City Revenues, Part Two: Major City Revenues

A Primer on California City Revenues, Part Two: Major City Revenues

Understanding the essentials of city finance is critical for city decision-makers. Elected officials find their job is easier when they can explain municipal finance’s basic elements to their constituents.

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California Cities Helen Putnam Award for Excellence

Bakersfield Creates Jobs for Homeless People

Bakersfield Creates Jobs for Homeless People

The city and its partners created a model that helps communities use limited resources to solve multiple problems.

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Legal Notes

Religion in the Public Sector Workplace

Religion in the Public Sector Workplace

Public employers often face situations in which the religious beliefs of their employees become a major legal issue. This article explains applicable law and addresses some common scenarios.