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City Officials Speak to Budget Cuts

City Officials Speak to Budget Cuts

Local elected officials weigh in on current challenges and priorities.

May 2013
From Local Government to the Legislature: Making the Transition

From Local Government to the Legislature: Making the Transition

In November 2012 the Legislature welcomed 39 new members, the largest freshman class since 1966. In the Assembly, 69 percent have local government experience.

April 2013
Neglecting Annexation and Incorporation Will Not Serve the State’s Growth Goals

Neglecting Annexation and Incorporation Will Not Serve the State’s Growth Goals

State policies for achieving sustainability have staked much on the success of cities. Yet the state’s recent actions signal a lack of appreciation for the vital function cities serve as centers of commerce and providers of essential quality of-life services for the vast majority of California’s population.

March 2013
Partnerships Make Roadways Safer

Partnerships Make Roadways Safer

In tough economic times expectations remain high for cities to provide quality public services and facilities, though resources to fund desired projects are scarce. One strategy for overcoming limited resources is to combine forces with other agencies and organizations to leverage expertise, staff time and funding.

February 2013
2012 Legislative Year In Review

2012 Legislative Year In Review

While the past few years have presented major challenges for cities, the events of 2012 included some bright spots as well. This article presents an overview of the year’s legislative developments and the League’s achievements. It also poses some questions to keep in mind as the new session begins.

January 2013
On the Record

On the Record

December 2012
GASB's New Defined Benefit Pension Standards: Sunshine or Rain for Cities?

GASB's New Defined Benefit Pension Standards: Sunshine or Rain for Cities?

The Governmental Accounting Standards Board’s release of new defined benefit pension standards could not have come at a better time or a worse time, depending on one’s point of view.

November 2012
Make Volunteer Programs a Financial Asset, Not a Liability

Make Volunteer Programs a Financial Asset, Not a Liability

As cities implement deeper budget cuts, volunteers are performing more physically and intellectually demanding functions.

November 2012
New High-Tech Tools Keep Residents Safe, Informed and Engaged

New High-Tech Tools Keep Residents Safe, Informed and Engaged

High-tech tools are making it possible for cities to issue alerts in real time to their communities, respond more quickly to emergencies and maximize scarce resources.

October 2012
Annual Conference Highlights Exposition Exhibitors

Annual Conference Highlights Exposition Exhibitors

September 2012