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Is Your City Council Stifling Innovation? Tips to Promote Smart Risk-Taking

Is Your City Council Stifling Innovation? Tips to Promote Smart Risk-Taking

Innovation requires risk-taking — not wild gambles, but calculated risks. Unless council members and top management create an environment that encourages “smart” risks, there will be little if any innovation regardless of how much the council desires it.

April 2014
Understanding State Mandates and Suspended Mandates: Local Government Impacts

Understanding State Mandates and Suspended Mandates: Local Government Impacts

This article presents an overview of state mandates, reimbursable mandates and options for cities when mandates are suspended.

March 2014
Regulating the Massage Industry: Challenges and Opportunities

Regulating the Massage Industry: Challenges and Opportunities

In 2008 the massage industry helped craft SB 731, which established a voluntary certification process for massage professionals through the California Massage Therapy Council. The bill’s intent was to professionalize the industry by creating uniform standards for massage practitioners and therapists. Unfortunately, many things related to SB 731 are not working for local governments.

March 2014
On the Record

On the Record

March 2014
2013 Legislative Year In Review

2013 Legislative Year In Review

In 2013 the League focused on sponsoring and supporting legislation to help develop new community and economic development tools and funding options for city services. On other fronts, it was another busy year for defending local control on measures that would undercut local authority and revenues. And a visible change occurred with the prospect of longer legislative terms.

January 2014
On the Record

On the Record

December 2013
What Local Officials Need to Know About New Elements in GASB Financial Statements

What Local Officials Need to Know About New Elements in GASB Financial Statements

Two new elements required for government financial statements may seem complicated at first glance, but will improve the accuracy of reporting by including future commitments.

November 2013
New Elements in GASB Financial Statements: A Detailed Explanation for Finance Professionals

New Elements in GASB Financial Statements: A Detailed Explanation for Finance Professionals

November 2013
2013 League of California Cities Annual Conference Resolution #2

2013 League of California Cities Annual Conference Resolution #2

At the League’s 2013 Annual Conference, the League General Assembly approved Resolution #2, related to public safety realignment.

October 2013
Understanding the Basics of Public Safety Realignment

Understanding the Basics of Public Safety Realignment

Under realignment, state prisons will house the most serious offenders while county jails will house lower-level felons. This article examines which offenders are covered, sentencing, post-release supervision and related issues of continuing interest to cities.

October 2013
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