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President's Message

Cultivating Transparency in Your City

Cultivating Transparency in Your City

When news is breaking about the abuse of public trust in another city, local elected officials are likely to be asked, “How can we be sure that something similar isn’t happening here?”

Tools for Enhancing Transparency

Tools for Enhancing Transparency

Cities throughout California are engaged in a variety of efforts to make local government operations as transparent as possible. The League provides local officials with a variety of resources on...

On the Record

On the Record

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California Cities Helen Putnam Award for Excellence

Santa Clarita’s Neighborhood Approach Builds Trust and Community Involvement

Santa Clarita’s Neighborhood Approach Builds Trust and Community Involvement

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Everyday Ethics for Local Officials

Blind Spots: Money, Public Service and the Ethical Hazards of Self-Interest

Blind Spots: Money, Public Service and the Ethical Hazards of Self-Interest

Recent media coverage of public officials’ ethical lapses raises questions about the underlying causes of such behavior. This column explores why people make poor choices and the roles that...

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Legal Notes

Filarsky v. Delia: An Unqualified Win For Qualified Immunity

Filarsky v. Delia: An Unqualified Win For Qualified Immunity

The doctrine of qualified immunity protects government defendants from liability as long as their conduct did not violate clearly established law. The U.S. Supreme Court recently ruled on the issue...