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President's Message

Making City Operations More Transparent

Making City Operations More Transparent

Most residents want to know how decisions — particularly budget-related decisions — are made at the local level and how much a particular course of action is going to cost the city and its...

Accountability and Transparency in Local Government

Accountability and Transparency in Local Government

In the wake of the Bell scandal the League condemned the breach of public trust and took steps to facilitate public access to critically important city government information, such as the salaries...

On the Record

On the Record

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Everyday Ethics for Local Officials

Understanding the New Travel-Related Exceptions to California’s Gift Rules

Understanding the New Travel-Related Exceptions to California’s Gift Rules

California’s Fair Political Practices Commission recently reorganized and — in some instances — relaxed the rules on when a public official may accept free or discounted travel. The changes...

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Legal Notes

California Supreme Court: Cities May Ban Medical Marijuana Dispensaries

California Supreme Court: Cities May Ban Medical Marijuana Dispensaries

Over the past several years, California cities and counties have faced the issue of whether to permit or ban medical marijuana dispensaries. Many cities imposed bans or prohibited dispensary...