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President's Message

Is Your City Prepared for The Next Major Disaster?

Is Your City Prepared for The Next Major Disaster?

California is vulnerable to earthquakes, floods, wildfires, tsunamis, hazardous materials spills, acts of terrorism and many other natural and human-caused disasters. For this reason state law requires all municipalities to have in place a comprehensive, all-hazard emergency plan. Everyone, including the mayor and city council, has a defined role in ensuring that the needs of their communities are met during crises.

Legislative Briefing Webinar Wraps Up the Session, Sets Stage for 2015

Legislative Briefing Webinar Wraps Up the Session, Sets Stage for 2015

The briefing covers the culmination of the two-year 2013-14 legislative session and highlights key bills signed by Gov. Jerry Brown in each of the League’s primary lobbying areas. The League’s legislative team provides insight on each bill and what cities need to know to prepare for the law’s enactment in January. The briefing will also touch on several initiatives on the November statewide ballot of interest to cities.

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California Cities Helen Putnam Award for Excellence

Goleta Makes Emergency Preparedness a Priority

Goleta Makes Emergency Preparedness a Priority

The Goleta Prepare Now/Goleta Prepárese Hoy program provides education and training to community members so they can assist their families and neighborhoods during a disaster.

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Everyday Ethics for Local Officials

Getting Public Employees Off to a Good Start

Getting Public Employees Off to a Good Start

How does one sensitize the public agency’s workforce to the special obligations of being a public agency staff member? Strategies include discussing practical examples from the media to help demonstrate the importance of ethics and providing a brochure with clear language for new employees.

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Legal Notes

The Better Part of Valor: Amending Local Sex Offender Ordinances

The Better Part of Valor: Amending Local Sex Offender Ordinances

Few city officials or residents favor the idea of repealing an ordinance intended to protect children from sexual predators, but many cities with such ordinances are being forced to do just that as a result of legal challenges. By moving quickly and carefully, city councils can address the appellate rulings and avoid paying for the privilege of repealing their ordinances.

                

 

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Award of Excellence for Writing

Award of Excellence for Writing

Western City Article on Controversial Bay-Delta Conservation Plan Wins Award

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