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Topic - Governance, Legislation & Law Archive

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Use Free Technology to Enhance Public Meetings

Use Free Technology to Enhance Public Meetings

Local governments can access free resources and borrow equipment, including keypad polling devices and translation gear, to enhance public meetings and engage the community.

June 2014
Are City Governments the Last Bastion Of Democracy?

Are City Governments the Last Bastion Of Democracy?

Cities are not just the laboratories of democracy; they may well also be its salvation.

May 2014
Upcoming Legislative Milestones: Take Note, Take Action

Upcoming Legislative Milestones: Take Note, Take Action

Calls and letters to legislators from city officials expressing their positions on bills are a critical part of the League’s advocacy activities.

May 2014
Is Your City Council Stifling Innovation? Tips to Promote Smart Risk-Taking

Is Your City Council Stifling Innovation? Tips to Promote Smart Risk-Taking

Innovation requires risk-taking — not wild gambles, but calculated risks. Unless council members and top management create an environment that encourages “smart” risks, there will be little if any innovation regardless of how much the council desires it.

April 2014
Wireless Industry Seeks to Limit Local Zoning Authority

Wireless Industry Seeks to Limit Local Zoning Authority

Wireless industry lobbyists continue to advocate before Congress, state legislators and the Federal Communications Commission that local zoning requirements are a barrier that must be cleared away. It is not too late to voice concerns, and city officials have many reasons to do so.

April 2014
Deciding When to Step Aside From the Decision-Making Process: Abstentions And Disqualifications

Deciding When to Step Aside From the Decision-Making Process: Abstentions And Disqualifications

The issue of when to refrain from participating in an agency decision can be vexing. This is an area where the law provides some but not all of the answers.

April 2014
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