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Why Banks Don’t Serve Marijuana Businesses

Why Banks Don’t Serve Marijuana Businesses

The reluctance of banks to offer services is bad news for marijuana businesses and agencies that seek to accommodate them.

August 2015
Stormwater: The Orphaned Utility

Stormwater: The Orphaned Utility

How quickly can stormwater utilities be rescued from their financial straitjacket so they can start helping resolve the state’s chronic water supply problems?

July 2015
Heeding the Call for Water Conservation

Heeding the Call for Water Conservation

If every home in the state were retrofitted with water-efficient fixtures, over 300 billion gallons of water could be saved per year.

July 2015
Seeking Sustainability for California Groundwater

Seeking Sustainability for California Groundwater

The Sustainable Groundwater Management Act establishes a new structure for managing California’s groundwater and gives new authority to local agencies.

July 2015
Leveraging the Power of Social Media When Disaster Strikes

Leveraging the Power of Social Media When Disaster Strikes

Emergencies offer an opportunity to connect with residents.

June 2015
What City Officials Need to Know About Cybersecurity

What City Officials Need to Know About Cybersecurity

Hackers generally hit the easiest targets first. Such an attack may be financially based rather than an attempt to cause mayhem in your city. Risk can be mitigated in many ways, but one of the simplest ways is through a good security awareness training program.

June 2015
Converting Waste to Energy: How to Make it Happen in Your Community

Converting Waste to Energy: How to Make it Happen in Your Community

Local jurisdictions with anaerobic digestion projects in their communities report multiple benefits.

June 2015
Using Tourism to Grow Your Community’s Economy

Using Tourism to Grow Your Community’s Economy

Travelers spent $117 billion in California in 2014, and tourism provided jobs for more than 1 million Californians. Many regional destinations are leveraging their unique qualities and characteristics to build local tourism economies.

May 2015
Reducing Unfunded Liabilities for Other Post-Employment Benefits

Reducing Unfunded Liabilities for Other Post-Employment Benefits

Learn how one city reduced its liability by 73 percent.

May 2015
Planting the Seeds for a Healthy and Vibrant Community

Planting the Seeds for a Healthy and Vibrant Community

May 2015