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New Economic Development Tools Offer Opportunities for Creativity

New Economic Development Tools Offer Opportunities for Creativity

Three new tools provide a number of promising options.

March 2016
Planning for Healthy and Sustainable Cities: National City Offers a Model

Planning for Healthy and Sustainable Cities: National City Offers a Model

National City used a comprehensive planning approach to address community environmental and health concerns.

March 2016
Drones: A Growing Hazard in the Absence of Tighter Regulations

Drones: A Growing Hazard in the Absence of Tighter Regulations

The steadily growing use of recreational drones has risen to the level of endangering first-responder aircraft as well as commercial jetliners. New regulations, while helpful, may not go far enough to adequately address the hazards and potential misuse of drones.

February 2016
2015 Legislative Year in Review

2015 Legislative Year in Review

Significant positive developments for the League included the adoption of a new economic development tool for lower-income communities and the passage of a medical marijuana regulatory bill package.

January 2016
On the Record

On the Record

City officials offer advice to newly elected council members.

January 2016
On the Record

On the Record

City officials share the best advice they’ve received on serving in public office.

December 2015
Making Campaign Finance and Government More Transparent

Making Campaign Finance and Government More Transparent

The State of California houses a treasure trove of extremely valuable information; the problem is extracting and presenting it in a way that is meaningful and readily accessible. The Fair Political Practices Commission is working to improve public access to election-related and other data.

December 2015
Forecasting for an Uncertain Fiscal Future

Forecasting for an Uncertain Fiscal Future

The lingering revenue effects from the Great Recession, changes to pension contributions, rising retiree medical costs and other factors almost guarantee that the financial future for California cities will bear little resemblance to the past.

November 2015
The Sharing Economy’s Impact on Cities

The Sharing Economy’s Impact on Cities

Ride-sharing and home-sharing services are affecting cities in a variety of ways. Seven California cities report their experiences.

November 2015

Hoarding’s Hazards: Fremont’s New Approach Improves Safety

Hoarding is a costly problem for cities to tackle, often taking hours of staff time and costing thousands of dollars.

October 2015