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New Tool Helps Understand Candidates’ Positions on Issues Important to Cities

New Tool Helps Understand Candidates’ Positions on Issues Important to Cities

An online questionnaire gives communities an opportunity to gain insights about candidates’ views on local control and other issues of importance to cities statewide.

August 2014
How Your Participation in the League Can Help Your City — and You

How Your Participation in the League Can Help Your City — and You

Becoming involved in the League provides many benefits not only for cities and elected local officials, but also for staff and department heads.

August 2014
Sober Living Businesses in Residential Zones

Sober Living Businesses in Residential Zones

This article presents the current legal constraints and considerations related to local regulation of sober living homes and residential alcohol and drug rehabilitation facilities, which is limited by state law.

August 2014
On the Record

On the Record

July 2014
Why Home Rule Is the Birthright of California’s Cities

Why Home Rule Is the Birthright of California’s Cities

Local control, or home rule, provides the foundation for city governance. This article examines the state’s history and the Legislature’s tradition of meddling in local affairs.

July 2014
Deciding When to Step Aside From the Decision-Making Process: Abstentions And Disqualifications

Deciding When to Step Aside From the Decision-Making Process: Abstentions And Disqualifications

The issues related to refraining from participation in an agency decision can be vexing. It may be tempting to abstain because of concerns about making an unpopular decision or simply not knowing which decision is best. Nevertheless, making decisions is what officials are elected to do.

June 2014
The Gatto Act Provides Cities With New Opportunities for Environmental Cleanup

The Gatto Act Provides Cities With New Opportunities for Environmental Cleanup

The Legislature’s elimination of redevelopment agencies in 2012 stripped cities of several important tools to address blight in the community. Meanwhile, contamination or the threat of contamination still serves as a blighting influence in many California communities. The Gatto Act provides local agencies with a tool to address brownfields.

June 2014
Use Free Technology to Enhance Public Meetings

Use Free Technology to Enhance Public Meetings

Local governments can access free resources and borrow equipment, including keypad polling devices and translation gear, to enhance public meetings and engage the community.

June 2014
Are City Governments the Last Bastion Of Democracy?

Are City Governments the Last Bastion Of Democracy?

Cities are not just the laboratories of democracy; they may well also be its salvation.

May 2014
Upcoming Legislative Milestones: Take Note, Take Action

Upcoming Legislative Milestones: Take Note, Take Action

Calls and letters to legislators from city officials expressing their positions on bills are a critical part of the League’s advocacy activities.

May 2014
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