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The Challenges of Open Data and Privacy Issues

The Challenges of Open Data and Privacy Issues

The recent advent of extraordinary technological advances has made it possible to provide easy access to city information and data. It has also presented an unprecedented opportunity to improve services and provide this information in formats that enable city residents and businesses to create or obtain programs that can manipulate and readily interpret and evaluate data made available or disclosed upon request. Cities are at a crossroads. As public stewards of information in this “brave new world,” we must balance the public’s interest in and right to public information against our residents’ privacy rights and interests. We must simultaneously protect the privacy rights of residents while providing open and transparent access to government information.

April 2015
New Law Strengthens Local Regulation of Massage Businesses

New Law Strengthens Local Regulation of Massage Businesses

New legislation returned to California cities and counties the authority to adopt ordinances regarding the massage therapy industry through a combination of land-use and business regulations.

March 2015
“Once Upon a Time”: Storytelling and the Art of Leadership

“Once Upon a Time”: Storytelling and the Art of Leadership

City leaders often must inspire people to accept and even support changes in their lives that they might otherwise oppose, and storytelling can play a key role.

March 2015
The Future of SB 375 Implementation and Regional Planning

The Future of SB 375 Implementation and Regional Planning

All 18 metropolitan planning organizations in California will have adopted their first Regional Transportation Plans under SB 375 by May 2015. This article looks at what SB 375 has accomplished and things local officials should keep in mind going forward.

March 2015
From City Hall to the Capitol: Making the Transition, Part 1 of 2

From City Hall to the Capitol: Making the Transition, Part 1 of 2

Freshman legislators with backgrounds in local government explain what they bring to the state Capitol and describe their districts’ priorities.

March 2015
A Growing Risk: Oil Trains Raise Safety and Environmental Concerns

A Growing Risk: Oil Trains Raise Safety and Environmental Concerns

An oil boom in North Dakota and Canada from the Bakken shale formation and a lack of pipeline infrastructure have led to a dramatic increase in oil-by-rail shipments nationwide. As the volume of oil being transported by rail has swelled, train derailments have also increased.

February 2015
Cost-Effective Public Records Act Compliance and Records Transparency Following Proposition 42

Cost-Effective Public Records Act Compliance and Records Transparency Following Proposition 42

City policies and practices can maintain records transparency, simplify responding to disclosure requests and reduce costs even before a records request is submitted.

February 2015
League Sets 2015 Strategic Direction in Leadership Workshop

League Sets 2015 Strategic Direction in Leadership Workshop

A senior leadership meeting of city officials from throughout the state used a dynamic, inclusive goalsetting process that built on the success of prior years and charted some new directions as well. The League leaders adopted four strategic goals for 2015, suggesting a new focus on the regulatory impacts of state government actions as well as updating the local government revenue structure.

January 2015
2014 Legislative Year in Review

2014 Legislative Year in Review

League actions in 2014 included sponsoring and supporting legislation on infrastructure, economic development and the redevelopment dissolution process. Other efforts focused on improving the regulatory framework for medical marijuana and restoring local control over massage establishments.

January 2015
Make Your City Hall a Star

Make Your City Hall a Star

Help the League build its archive of images, and put your city hall in the spotlight.

January 2015