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President's Message Archive

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Finding Strength in Shared Values and Diversity

Finding Strength in Shared Values and Diversity

Our shared values of local control and self-determination affect the breadth and depth of our organization’s leadership in every action we take. The policy-making process and procedures we employ are designed to ensure that our entire membership is represented because it is imperative that our policies reflect our broad constituency. The League is powerful largely because of the participation of its entire membership.

June 2010
Enough Is Enough! Join the Fight to Save Vital Local Services

Enough Is Enough! Join the Fight to Save Vital Local Services

Ongoing state raids and state borrowing of local revenues continue to jeopardize the services that Californians need most. Borrowing local taxpayer and transportation funds exacerbates budget problems because those borrowed funds have to be repaid with interest-out of taxpayers’ pockets.

April 2010
Stand Up for What’s Right: Reform Efforts Depend on You

Stand Up for What’s Right: Reform Efforts Depend on You

February 2010
Building Public Trust in Local Government

Building Public Trust in Local Government

December 2009
Public Safety Depends on Police, Fire — and More

Public Safety Depends on Police, Fire — and More

City officials are grappling with the challenges of balancing their city budget while preserving the critically important services that are a central component of our quality of life. Clearly, public safety tops the list, but numerous other local services contribute to public safety in a variety of ways that are not always immediately visible.

October 2009
Vigilance Is Crucial

Vigilance Is Crucial

Regardless of how the state budget deficit is addressed, we have a long, hard road ahead of us to protect funding for local services in the years to come. City revenues continue to be on the table, and our fight to protect them is an ongoing effort that requires focused, strategic work.

August 2009
Regional Effort Helps Communities Save Money, Energy, Water and the Environment

Regional Effort Helps Communities Save Money, Energy, Water and the Environment

City officials are searching for ways to improve municipal efficiency, conserve resources and stretch the public’s dollars. In Southern California, a regional collaboration has found a way to do just that.

June 2009
Hard Times: Why We Must Protect Funding for Vital Community Services

Hard Times: Why We Must Protect Funding for Vital Community Services

It’s critically important for city officials to continue reminding our state leaders that without these essential services, that quality of life will decline precipitously.

April 2009

It’s Time to Get Back to Basics

The League’s strategic goals for 2009 include promoting economic stimulus and infrastructure investment.

February 2009

Looking Ahead to the New Year

The coming year holds new possibilities and challenges, including the need for budget reform at the state level. At the national level in preparation for a new president, the U.S. Conference of Mayors adopted a 10-point Plan for strong cities, strong families and a strong America.

December 2008