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Executive Director's Message Archive

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If You Rebuild It They Will Come: How State-Local Partnerships Have Changed the Face of California and Its Cities

If You Rebuild It They Will Come: How State-Local Partnerships Have Changed the Face of California and Its Cities

Today multiple bills are pending to recreate tax-increment financing. It requires vision, persistence and enough public investment to attract private capital and development that produce much-needed jobs for Californians.

May 2013
Are We at the Tipping Point in Building a New State-Local Partnership?

Are We at the Tipping Point in Building a New State-Local Partnership?

As the economy begins to recover and the state budget shows signs of stabilizing, the challenges facing California require strong leadership at all levels. Many of our new state legislators came from local government and bring a fresh perspective. Are we on the brink of a new era?

March 2013
League Leadership Sets Strategic Path For 2013

League Leadership Sets Strategic Path For 2013

More than 100 city officials worked together to develop the League’s strategic goals for 2013, which include building partnerships, continuing pension reform, expanding community and economic development tools, and implementing effective branding.

January 2013
Making Strides on Public Pension Reform

Making Strides on Public Pension Reform

The League made pension reform its top strategic priority in 2012 and succeeded in accomplishing this goal as the legislative session concluded.

November 2012
Taking the Long View

Taking the Long View

The League’s role in advocating for cities has a rich history.

September 2012
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