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Executive Director's Message Archive

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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
The New Transparency in Local Government

The New Transparency in Local Government

November 2010
It’s STILL the Economy: Proposition 22 Will Protect Hundreds of Thousands of Jobs

It’s STILL the Economy: Proposition 22 Will Protect Hundreds of Thousands of Jobs

State government says it is serious about job creation but kills jobs in the private and public sectors by raiding and borrowing local government funds. Proposition 22 offers a solution.

September 2010
Obsession Can Be a Virtue in Protecting Local Revenues From the State

Obsession Can Be a Virtue in Protecting Local Revenues From the State

While public support for our ballot measure is strong, we have to ask ourselves whether we are prepared to devote the effort, resources and focus to this priority to ensure success in November.

July 2010