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Executive Director's Message Archive

Title Issue
The Rules of Our Trade

The Rules of Our Trade

A 6-year-old boy’s rules for his Spy Club provide food for thought regarding public service.

May 2016
Managing CalPERS in Crisis

Managing CalPERS in Crisis

By definition, effective public managers are both problem-solvers and leaders, but it requires a special type to take the helm of a public agency in crisis.

March 2016
Significant Progress Made on 2015 League Strategic Goals

Significant Progress Made on 2015 League Strategic Goals

The strategic goal-setting process involves representatives from all of the League’s policy committees, departments, divisions and diversity caucuses as well as its entire board of directors. The League is involved in many issues each year, and its strategic goals reflect key areas of city concern and help focus the organization’s activities.

January 2016
A Mind Is a Terrible Thing to Waste

A Mind Is a Terrible Thing to Waste

New research on the early brain development of poor children may be useful in helping us rethink our intervention approaches.

November 2015
Those Pesky Elephants in the Room

Those Pesky Elephants in the Room

A number of “elephants” lurk in city halls statewide.

September 2015
The Rise of City Leadership in an Age of Dwindling Discretionary Federal Resources

The Rise of City Leadership in an Age of Dwindling Discretionary Federal Resources

The new federal landscape will require innovative leadership from city officials and other civic leaders.

July 2015
How Civic Architecture and Sports Build Community

How Civic Architecture and Sports Build Community

Public spaces unite us and inspire our nation’s explorers, dreamers and leaders.

May 2015
“Once Upon a Time”: Storytelling and the Art of Leadership

“Once Upon a Time”: Storytelling and the Art of Leadership

City leaders often must inspire people to accept and even support changes in their lives that they might otherwise oppose, and storytelling can play a key role.

March 2015
League Sets 2015 Strategic Direction in Leadership Workshop

League Sets 2015 Strategic Direction in Leadership Workshop

A senior leadership meeting of city officials from throughout the state used a dynamic, inclusive goalsetting process that built on the success of prior years and charted some new directions as well. The League leaders adopted four strategic goals for 2015, suggesting a new focus on the regulatory impacts of state government actions as well as updating the local government revenue structure.

January 2015
Ethics, Transparency and Building Public Confidence in Local Government

Ethics, Transparency and Building Public Confidence in Local Government

December 2014