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Topic - Governance, Legislation & Law Archive

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Addressing Health and Safety Issues Related to Public Encampments and Vehicle Habitation

Addressing Health and Safety Issues Related to Public Encampments and Vehicle Habitation

In dealing with public encampments and vehicle habitation, city officials must be sensitive to the constitutional rights of the affected individuals, who are often homeless, and the many related complex social welfare challenges.

December 2014
Electronic Transparency and Open Data: A Movement Worth Joining

Electronic Transparency and Open Data: A Movement Worth Joining

Taking information that local agencies already have and making it open to the public reduces in-house costs and builds efficiencies for both staff and constituents. In the past the public typically had to request this data through a public records request, which could take days or weeks to produce results. Cities can now share that data online proactively and let others analyze and use it in various ways.

December 2014
New Mayors and Council Members’ Academy Provides a Strong Start

New Mayors and Council Members’ Academy Provides a Strong Start

Held each January in Sacramento, the academy features seasoned experts who present the nuts and bolts of city council operations.

December 2014
The Balanced Triangle and the City Clerk’s Role in Local Government

The Balanced Triangle and the City Clerk’s Role in Local Government

The clerk’s role is to ensure proper process and open, transparent government. As professional managers, clerks are uniquely qualified to do just that.

November 2014
ILG Welcomes California’s Newly Elected Local Officials

ILG Welcomes California’s Newly Elected Local Officials

Newly elected local officials and staff can get up to speed on a variety of key topics using free resources designed to meet their needs.

November 2014
The Fiscal Challenges Ahead for Cities

The Fiscal Challenges Ahead for Cities

With three major municipal bankruptcies in California cities in recent years, it is clear that the risks of overcommitting a city to long-term liabilities are not just theoretical — they are real.

November 2014
Legislative Briefing Webinar Wraps Up the Session, Sets Stage for 2015

Legislative Briefing Webinar Wraps Up the Session, Sets Stage for 2015

The briefing covers the culmination of the two-year 2013-14 legislative session and highlights key bills signed by Gov. Jerry Brown in each of the League’s primary lobbying areas. The League’s legislative team provides insight on each bill and what cities need to know to prepare for the law’s enactment in January. The briefing will also touch on several initiatives on the November statewide ballot of interest to cities.

October 2014
The Better Part of Valor: Amending Local Sex Offender Ordinances

The Better Part of Valor: Amending Local Sex Offender Ordinances

Few city officials or residents favor the idea of repealing an ordinance intended to protect children from sexual predators, but many cities with such ordinances are being forced to do just that as a result of legal challenges. By moving quickly and carefully, city councils can address the appellate rulings and avoid paying for the privilege of repealing their ordinances.

October 2014
Disruptive Technology, Public Policy and Leadership

Disruptive Technology, Public Policy and Leadership

Public sector leaders face a number of challenges related to disruptive technology.

September 2014
Regulating Fracking in California: An Overview

Regulating Fracking in California: An Overview

Recent legislation provides a new regulatory framework.

September 2014
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