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February 2016

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President's Message

League Leaders Set 2016 Strategic Goals

League Leaders Set 2016 Strategic Goals

Each year we ask a diverse group of about 100 city officials to tell us which policy envelopes we need to push, which walls we need to scale and what partnerships we need to build. Bringing together local leaders who are close to the challenges facing their cities and knowledgeable about state policies and politics is the key to getting the job done.

California’s Water: Drought, Floods and Preparedness

California’s Water: Drought, Floods and Preparedness

Although we have millions of acre-feet of empty space behind dams to capture storm runoff and snowmelt, that space cannot protect Californians against levee breaks, mudslides or overflowing urban creeks.

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News from the Institute for Local Government

California Cities Use Creative Approaches to Recycling

California Cities Use Creative Approaches to Recycling

As California residents and businesses increase the amount of material they recycle, local governments seek ways to build additional recycling facilities and expand existing programs.

Drones: A Growing Hazard in the Absence of Tighter Regulations

Drones: A Growing Hazard in the Absence of Tighter Regulations

The steadily growing use of recreational drones has risen to the level of endangering first-responder aircraft as well as commercial jetliners. New regulations, while helpful, may not go far enough to adequately address the hazards and potential misuse of drones.

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Legal Notes

Temporary Directional Signs Lead U.S. Supreme Court to the Strictest First Amendment Scrutiny

Temporary Directional Signs Lead U.S. Supreme Court to the Strictest First Amendment Scrutiny

Following a recent U.S. Supreme Court ruling, California cities should ensure that their sign codes comply with the court’s strict approach to defining content neutrality.