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Executive Director's Message Archive

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Changing How We Think About Economic Development

Changing How We Think About Economic Development

Economic development is both a strategy and a process involving a web of interdependent factors.

May 2017
Finding Solutions to the Affordable Housing Shortage

Finding Solutions to the Affordable Housing Shortage

Significant barriers and disincentives constrain the production of housing. These include local and national economic and job market conditions, challenges for developers and a lack of funding and subsidies needed to support housing that low- and moderate-income families can afford.

March 2017
Proposition 54 Launches a New Era of Legislative Transparency

Proposition 54 Launches a New Era of Legislative Transparency

The measure won’t put the “gut and amend” game out of business, but it helps California voters, journalists and the democratic process.

December 2016
Some Final Thoughts About Leadership, Democracy and the League

Some Final Thoughts About Leadership, Democracy and the League

During a ballot measure campaign, a critic said, “If you’re going to try to kill the king, you’d better succeed.”

October 2016
Speaking the Truth to Ourselves About Homelessness

Speaking the Truth to Ourselves About Homelessness

Cities have a responsibility to work with their county, state and federal partners to provide the services needed to address this issue.

September 2016
The United Cities of California

The United Cities of California

It is often said that the price of liberty is eternal vigilance. It also appears to be the price of local control.

July 2016
The Rules of Our Trade

The Rules of Our Trade

A 6-year-old boy’s rules for his Spy Club provide food for thought regarding public service.

May 2016
Managing CalPERS in Crisis

Managing CalPERS in Crisis

By definition, effective public managers are both problem-solvers and leaders, but it requires a special type to take the helm of a public agency in crisis.

March 2016
Significant Progress Made on 2015 League Strategic Goals

Significant Progress Made on 2015 League Strategic Goals

The strategic goal-setting process involves representatives from all of the League’s policy committees, departments, divisions and diversity caucuses as well as its entire board of directors. The League is involved in many issues each year, and its strategic goals reflect key areas of city concern and help focus the organization’s activities.

January 2016
A Mind Is a Terrible Thing to Waste

A Mind Is a Terrible Thing to Waste

New research on the early brain development of poor children may be useful in helping us rethink our intervention approaches.

November 2015