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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,...

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,...

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...

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...

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...

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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...

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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...

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