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Temporary Directional Signs Lead U.S. Supreme Court to the Strictest First Amendment Scrutiny

Temporary Directional Signs Lead U.S. Supreme Court to the Strictest First Amendment Scrutiny

Following a recent U.S. Supreme Court ruling, California cities should ensure that their sign codes comply with the court’s strict approach to defining content neutrality.

February 2016
Drones: A Growing Hazard in the Absence of Tighter Regulations

Drones: A Growing Hazard in the Absence of Tighter Regulations

The steadily growing use of recreational drones has risen to the level of endangering first-responder aircraft as well as commercial jetliners. New regulations, while helpful, may not go far enough to adequately address the hazards and potential misuse of drones.

February 2016
2015 Legislative Year in Review

2015 Legislative Year in Review

Significant positive developments for the League included the adoption of a new economic development tool for lower-income communities and the passage of a medical marijuana regulatory bill package.

January 2016
Extended Producer Responsibility: Protecting Public Health and the Environment

Extended Producer Responsibility: Protecting Public Health and the Environment

Ensuring that residents properly dispose of hazardous wastes — such as pesticides, batteries, needles and pharmaceuticals — from their homes is an important part of protecting the environment and public health, but it can be expensive. Many local governments are working with the California Product Stewardship Council to find a better way.

January 2016
Significant Progress Made on 2015 League Strategic Goals

Significant Progress Made on 2015 League Strategic Goals

The strategic goal-setting process involves representatives from all of the League’s policy committees, departments, divisions and diversity caucuses as well as its entire board of directors. The League is involved in many issues each year, and its strategic goals reflect key areas of city concern and help focus the organization’s activities.

January 2016
On the Record

On the Record

City officials share the best advice they’ve received on serving in public office.

December 2015
Transparency, Ethics and Doing the Right Thing

Transparency, Ethics and Doing the Right Thing

It takes only one scandal to give the public the impression that all local elected officials are not to be trusted, and public perception can be very slow to change. How can we build our community’s trust in city government?

December 2015
Factfinding Under AB 646: Impacts and Lessons Learned

Factfinding Under AB 646: Impacts and Lessons Learned

When a city and a recognized employee organization are unable to reach agreement on matters within the scope of bargaining, an impasse occurs. In addition to any other resolution process the parties may utilize, such as mediation, AB 646 authorizes the employee organization to request that the parties undergo factfinding.

December 2015
Making Campaign Finance and Government More Transparent

Making Campaign Finance and Government More Transparent

The State of California houses a treasure trove of extremely valuable information; the problem is extracting and presenting it in a way that is meaningful and readily accessible. The Fair Political Practices Commission is working to improve public access to election-related and other data.

December 2015
California Cities Prepare for Implementation of Medical Marijuana Legislation

California Cities Prepare for Implementation of Medical Marijuana Legislation

California finally has a strong regulatory framework that upholds local control, protects public safety and enhances patient safety. League staff and legal counsel are participating in informational briefings to help cities prepare for the new law.

December 2015
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