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July 2015

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Executive Director's Message

The Rise of City Leadership in an Age of Dwindling Discretionary Federal Resources

The Rise of City Leadership in an Age of Dwindling Discretionary Federal Resources

The new federal landscape will require innovative leadership from city officials and other civic leaders.

Find Information at Your Fingertips

Find Information at Your Fingertips

Resources and information on a broad range of local government topics are available in a helpful archive.

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News from the Institute for Local Government

Advancing Climate Action, Sustainability and Community Well-Being

Advancing Climate Action, Sustainability and Community Well-Being

A recent symposium brought together state and local leaders to explore opportunities for accelerating sustainability activities in California.

Stormwater: The Orphaned Utility

Stormwater: The Orphaned Utility

How quickly can stormwater utilities be rescued from their financial straitjacket so they can start helping resolve the state’s chronic water supply problems?

Heeding the Call for Water Conservation

Heeding the Call for Water Conservation

If every home in the state were retrofitted with water-efficient fixtures, over 300 billion gallons of water could be saved per year.

Seeking Sustainability for California Groundwater

Seeking Sustainability for California Groundwater

The Sustainable Groundwater Management Act establishes a new structure for managing California’s groundwater and gives new authority to local agencies.

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California Cities Helen Putnam Award for Excellence

San José’s “Bring Your Own Bag” Ordinance Cuts Plastic Bag Pollution

San José’s “Bring Your Own Bag” Ordinance Cuts Plastic Bag Pollution

Plastic bag litter and increasingly stringent regulations signaled it was time to act.

Benicia Turns Green Laws Into Greenbacks for Local Businesses

Benicia Turns Green Laws Into Greenbacks for Local Businesses

The Business Resource Incentive Program combines economic development and environmental sustainability.