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Torch Program Recognizes Leadership in Action and Continued Education

Torch Program Recognizes Leadership in Action and Continued Education

This voluntary program recognizes elected officials for continuing their education to enhance their knowledge and skills and for undertaking leadership roles to better serve the public.

December 2017
Tips for Effective Governance

Tips for Effective Governance

December 2017
2017 Legislative Session Makes Many Changes to California Housing Law

2017 Legislative Session Makes Many Changes to California Housing Law

Fifteen bills made it into the “Housing Package” that Gov. Jerry Brown signed, which includes the League’s “Blueprint for More Housing” legislation.

December 2017
Taking Proactive Steps to Avoid Scandal

Taking Proactive Steps to Avoid Scandal

When making decisions or taking action, the savvy local official embraces the notion that the law creates a floor for ethical behavior — not a ceiling. In other words, just because a particular course of action is legal doesn’t mean that it is ethical.

December 2017
Prevailing Wage Compliance: What Cities Should Do to Avoid Penalties Under SB 96

Prevailing Wage Compliance: What Cities Should Do to Avoid Penalties Under SB 96

Prevailing wage laws have changed again. Because prevailing wage requirements apply to all public works contracts over $1,000, these new requirements will apply to the vast majority of municipal public works projects.

December 2017
Understanding Roles and Responsibilities When Issuing Municipal Bonds

Understanding Roles and Responsibilities When Issuing Municipal Bonds

Working with unregistered or unqualified financial professionals puts a city at risk.

November 2017
Engaging Your Community in the Budgeting Process

Engaging Your Community in the Budgeting Process

Public involvement in city budgeting increases financial transparency and promotes greater trust.

November 2017
It’s Time to Restore Opportunities for City Incorporation: The Roots of American Democracy

It’s Time to Restore Opportunities for City Incorporation: The Roots of American Democracy

Obstacles to city incorporation should be removed to give communities the same option for self-government that existing cities had.

November 2017
How Diversity Makes the League Stronger

How Diversity Makes the League Stronger

Diversity enriches California’s culture and economy and also plays a critically important role in the League.

November 2017
Court Rejects Challenges to Mello-Roos District in San Ramon

Court Rejects Challenges to Mello-Roos District in San Ramon

The decision is an important reminder for cities that the creation of Mello-Roos Community Facilities Districts may be a potential tool to supplement funds needed to provide services to new developments.

October 2017
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