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Beyond Books: Leveraging Resources for Library Programs

Beyond Books: Leveraging Resources for Library Programs

An International City/County Management Association report, Maximize the Potential of Your Public Library: A Report on the Innovative Ways Public Libraries Are Addressing Community Priorities, offers food for thought on the ways libraries are serving as a new type of town square and connecting people with information, services and each other.

How Libraries Build Community

How Libraries Build Community

Anyone who believes libraries are a withered vestige from sepia-tinted yesteryear hasn’t been inside their neighborhood branch lately.

Property Tax Postponement Program Helps Seniors and People With Disabilities Remain in Their Homes

Property Tax Postponement Program Helps Seniors and People With Disabilities Remain in Their Homes

Governor Jerry Brown signed legislation in September 2014 bringing a successful property tax postponement program back to communities throughout California. Assembly Bill (AB) 2231 (Chapter 703, Statutes of 2014) reinstates and revises the Senior Citizens and Disabled Citizens Property Tax Postponement (PTP) Program, which enables qualified Californians living on fixed incomes to remain in their homes and defer payment of all — or a portion of — the property taxes on their residence.

Preventing Tech-Related Injuries: Watch Out for Distractions

Preventing Tech-Related Injuries: Watch Out for Distractions

Using laptop computers, tablets and smartphones is part of everyday work and home life. Technology connects us to information and each other. But it can take a toll in the form of eyestrain, back and neck pain, headaches and other — sometimes unexpected — ways.

City Managers: The Next Generation — A Look at MPA and MPP Programs in California

City Managers: The Next Generation — A Look at MPA and MPP Programs in California

Teaching something as complex as city management presents a challenge. It’s not only public finance and organizational behavior, it’s also a delicate balance of practical skills, political savvy, on-the-job experience and service. Many top-tier institutions in California are geared to instill the basics, but debate continues about how and what to teach aspiring city managers. Should we acknowledge that not every student will eventually step into the role of city manager? What is the best way to identify potential and nurture it? Can good city management be taught?

From City Hall to the Capitol: Making the Transition, Part 2 of 2

From City Hall to the Capitol: Making the Transition, Part 2 of 2

Ten of the 2014 freshman state legislators are alumni of the League’s California Civic Leadership Institute® (CCLI) or have participated in aspects of it. This is the largest class of CCLI graduates to win seats in the Legislature in the program’s 10-year history. CCLI is a League Partner-sponsored educational program designed for local government elected officials who are interested in running for the Legislature. Western City recently checked in with the 10 new members to ask what they bring to state office from local government, how CCLI was helpful and what issues are priorities for them in their districts.

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California Cities Helen Putnam Award for Excellence

Enthusiasm Plays Central Role in Success of “Live Well Perris” Public Health Program

Enthusiasm Plays Central Role in Success of “Live Well Perris” Public Health Program

“Live Well Perris demonstrated in its first year that a city doesn’t need a large budget to implement an effective public health campaign,” says Ron Carr, assistant city manager and Live Well Perris coordinator. “More important are enthusiasm, energy and a commitment to serving the community.”

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Legal Notes

The Challenges of Open Data and Privacy Issues

The Challenges of Open Data and Privacy Issues

The recent advent of extraordinary technological advances has made it possible to provide easy access to city information and data. It has also presented an unprecedented opportunity to improve services and provide this information in formats that enable city residents and businesses to create or obtain programs that can manipulate and readily interpret and evaluate data made available or disclosed upon request. Cities are at a crossroads. As public stewards of information in this “brave new world,” we must balance the public’s interest in and right to public information against our residents’ privacy rights and interests. We must simultaneously protect the privacy rights of residents while providing open and transparent access...

                

 

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Preventing Tech-Related Injuries: Watch Out for Distractions

Preventing Tech-Related Injuries: Watch Out for Distractions

Using laptop computers, tablets and smartphones is part of everyday work and home life. Technology connects us to information and each other. But it can take a toll in the form of eyestrain, back...

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