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Understanding State Mandates and Suspended Mandates: Local Government Impacts

Understanding State Mandates and Suspended Mandates: Local Government Impacts

This article presents an overview of state mandates, reimbursable mandates and options for cities when mandates are suspended.

March 2014
The Alchemy of Leadership and the Consent of the Governed

The Alchemy of Leadership and the Consent of the Governed

What impact does the public’s distrust of government officials have on how people perceive leadership? Why do some unpopular leaders later achieve prominence while other more popular leaders quickly fade from public memory? Is “effective leadership” a transient quality, changing over time as public needs and opinions shift, or is it constant and unchangeable?

March 2014
Regulating the Massage Industry: Challenges and Opportunities

Regulating the Massage Industry: Challenges and Opportunities

In 2008 the massage industry helped craft SB 731, which established a voluntary certification process for massage professionals through the California Massage Therapy Council. The bill’s intent was to professionalize the industry by creating uniform standards for massage practitioners and therapists. Unfortunately, many things related to SB 731 are not working for local governments.

March 2014
Practical Advice for Minimizing CEQA Liability in Your City

Practical Advice for Minimizing CEQA Liability in Your City

The California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA) is the primary state law that requires public agencies and their decision-makers to understand and evaluate the environmental consequences of their discretionary decisions before making them. Moreover, CEQA requires that public agencies not only consider but take action to mitigate or avoid significant adverse environmental impacts where feasible.

February 2014
California Civic Leadership Institute® Makes Strides in League-Legislative Relations

California Civic Leadership Institute® Makes Strides in League-Legislative Relations

CCLI is one of several programs that address the League’s key strategic priority to “build effective partnerships to help respond to growing community needs.” Each year, 20 to 30 local government elected officials interested in running for legislative office participate in the two-part CCLI program.

February 2014
League Leadership Reviews Progress On New Advocacy Strategy and Sets 2014 Goals

League Leadership Reviews Progress On New Advocacy Strategy and Sets 2014 Goals

When the leadership of the League gathered in November for the annual goal-setting meeting, League staff was pleased to report that the organization had concluded a largely successful 2013 legislative year.

January 2014
2013 Legislative Year In Review

2013 Legislative Year In Review

In 2013 the League focused on sponsoring and supporting legislation to help develop new community and economic development tools and funding options for city services. On other fronts, it was another busy year for defending local control on measures that would undercut local authority and revenues. And a visible change occurred with the prospect of longer legislative terms.

January 2014
Understanding the New Travel-Related Exceptions to California’s Gift Rules

Understanding the New Travel-Related Exceptions to California’s Gift Rules

California’s Fair Political Practices Commission recently reorganized and — in some instances — relaxed the rules on when a public official may accept free or discounted travel. The changes take effect Jan. 1, 2014. Anytime a public official travels at a free or discounted rate, he or she must consider how the travel rules apply. Generally, payments to an official for travel are gifts that must be reported. The new travel rules emphasize disclosure.

December 2013
Accountability and Transparency in Local Government

Accountability and Transparency in Local Government

In the wake of the Bell scandal the League condemned the breach of public trust and took steps to facilitate public access to critically important city government information, such as the salaries of city managers and elected officials. At the same time the League and its local government partners assisted Bell’s residents and newly elected leaders in reforming their government and rebuilding public trust.

December 2013
California Supreme Court: Cities May Ban Medical Marijuana Dispensaries

California Supreme Court: Cities May Ban Medical Marijuana Dispensaries

Over the past several years, California cities and counties have faced the issue of whether to permit or ban medical marijuana dispensaries. Many cities imposed bans or prohibited dispensary operation, while others required permits, business licenses and regulations. The California Supreme Court has affirmed that cities have the authority and the right to ban medical marijuana dispensaries within their boundaries.

December 2013