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Executive Director's Message Archive

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Fighting Homelessness: Effective Strategies

Fighting Homelessness: Effective Strategies

A new report from the League and its partners showcases existing and emerging approaches that are having a positive impact on homelessness in California communities.

April 2018
League Leaders Build on 2017 Successes to Shape 2018 Strategic Goals

League Leaders Build on 2017 Successes to Shape 2018 Strategic Goals

An inclusive and interactive gathering of highly engaged city leaders from throughout the state ensures that the League’s highest priorities reflect the common interests of California cities.

February 2018
Taking Proactive Steps to Avoid Scandal

Taking Proactive Steps to Avoid Scandal

When making decisions or taking action, the savvy local official embraces the notion that the law creates a floor for ethical behavior — not a ceiling. In other words, just because a particular course of action is legal doesn’t mean that it is ethical.

December 2017
Stopping the Runaway Pension Train

Stopping the Runaway Pension Train

Increasing pension costs could push cities already in financial distress closer to the brink of bankruptcy.

October 2017
Celebrating Our Accomplishments — and Protecting Local Control

Celebrating Our Accomplishments — and Protecting Local Control

We have achieved important victories on behalf of cities this year on our strategic goals and in other areas.

September 2017
Maximizing Your Voice for City Priorities

Maximizing Your Voice for City Priorities

Attend the League’s 2017 annual conference and advocate for your city during the final days of the legislative session.

July 2017
Changing How We Think About Economic Development

Changing How We Think About Economic Development

Economic development is both a strategy and a process involving a web of interdependent factors.

May 2017
Finding Solutions to the Affordable Housing Shortage

Finding Solutions to the Affordable Housing Shortage

Significant barriers and disincentives constrain the production of housing. These include local and national economic and job market conditions, challenges for developers and a lack of funding and subsidies needed to support housing that low- and moderate-income families can afford.

March 2017
Proposition 54 Launches a New Era of Legislative Transparency

Proposition 54 Launches a New Era of Legislative Transparency

The measure won’t put the “gut and amend” game out of business, but it helps California voters, journalists and the democratic process.

December 2016
Some Final Thoughts About Leadership, Democracy and the League

Some Final Thoughts About Leadership, Democracy and the League

During a ballot measure campaign, a critic said, “If you’re going to try to kill the king, you’d better succeed.”

October 2016
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