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Executive Director's Message Archive

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Summer Reading: Food for Thought

Summer Reading: Food for Thought

A new book reminds us how good leaders seize crises to remake organizational habits.

July 2012
What Comes Next?

What Comes Next?

In the wake of the elimination of redevelopment agencies, city officials and legislators are wondering, “What comes next?”

May 2012
The Power of Groupthink: The New Denial

The Power of Groupthink: The New Denial

Groupthink is a phenomenon in which the group members form individual opinions that match the group consensus rather than critically evaluating information.

March 2012
League Board and Leaders Chart Strategic Path for 2012

League Board and Leaders Chart Strategic Path for 2012

A group of 130 League leaders and board members met recently to set the organization’s priorities for the coming year.

January 2012
“Realignment” in Any Other State Would Be Called “Community Corrections”

“Realignment” in Any Other State Would Be Called “Community Corrections”

The California corrections realignment plan is sweeping and aggressive. Instead of trying to accomplish a decline in prison population over a gradual period, the California plan is largely driven by a need to drastically reduce prison populations by 25 percent over the next two years.

November 2011
Get Ready for the Big "Trickle Down"

Get Ready for the Big "Trickle Down"

A major change in the role of the federal government is beginning, and it will have dramatic consequences for state and local governments.

September 2011
Is the Bell Tolling for Pension Reform?

Is the Bell Tolling for Pension Reform?

Rapidly rising pension costs threaten the delivery of public services, compromise budgets and will push some cities to the brink of fiscal collapse.

July 2011
What’s the Measure of a City’s Success?

What’s the Measure of a City’s Success?

May 2011
Redevelopment Debate Is All About Our Old Friend “Land Use”

Redevelopment Debate Is All About Our Old Friend “Land Use”

March 2011
Passing Proposition 22 Required Many Hands and Tremendous Support: A Heartfelt Thanks to Our Partner

Passing Proposition 22 Required Many Hands and Tremendous Support: A Heartfelt Thanks to Our Partner

January 2011