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February 2013

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President's Message

The Impact of Our Crumbling Infrastructure on California’s Economy

The Impact of Our Crumbling Infrastructure on California’s Economy

The state’s goals around reducing greenhouse gas emissions are based on a vision that concentrates growth in urban cores and utilizes transit. To meet these goals, cities must be able to make...

New Report on Roads: Fix Problems Now or Pay More Later

New Report on Roads: Fix Problems Now or Pay More Later

Pavement conditions are deteriorating throughout California, and while the costs are high for even the most basic repair and maintenance, the price tag for waiting is far higher, from both an...

Partnerships Make Roadways Safer

Partnerships Make Roadways Safer

In tough economic times expectations remain high for cities to provide quality public services and facilities, though resources to fund desired projects are scarce. One strategy for overcoming...

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California Cities Helen Putnam Award for Excellence

Perris Reaches Out to Make Sewer System Upgrade Possible

Perris Reaches Out to Make Sewer System Upgrade Possible

How one city overcame significant community resistance.

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Everyday Ethics for Local Officials

Public Agency Attorney Ethics

Public Agency Attorney Ethics

Attorneys must meet a number of requirements (including ethics requirements) to be able to practice law in California. But what happens when public agency attorneys are pressured to justify...

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Legal Notes

Making Drug Dealers Pay For Law Enforcement

Making Drug Dealers Pay For Law Enforcement

Cities are increasingly using civil actions rather than criminal prosecution to curb illegal drug sales within their borders. Often such actions are taken either under general nuisance laws or the...

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