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Topic - Governance, Legislation & Law Archive

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Transportation Funding, Transparency and Accountability

Transportation Funding, Transparency and Accountability

The League offers a variety of new tools and resources to support cities’ transparency efforts.

June 2018
Relaxation and Inspiration: A Summer Reading List for City Officials and Staff

Relaxation and Inspiration: A Summer Reading List for City Officials and Staff

Western City asked League members which books inspired them as local government leaders, and their recommendations comprise the magazine’s first-ever summer reading list. Whether you’re selecting books to take along on summer vacation or read at home, consider these intriguing titles.

June 2018
U.S. Supreme Court Revisits Sales and Use Taxes in the E-Commerce Age

U.S. Supreme Court Revisits Sales and Use Taxes in the E-Commerce Age

The case involves a challenge to South Dakota’s “remote seller compliance law” that imposes sales and use tax collection duties on retailers without a physical presence in the jurisdiction. If the court upholds the state’s scheme, the case could establish sweeping changes to how sales and use taxes are collected in the e-commerce age.

June 2018
Reassembling Redevelopment

Reassembling Redevelopment

The new tax-increment tools lack the concentrated financial impact provided by the former redevelopment tool. Left unaddressed, this financing gap presents significant challenges for the future use of these tools.

May 2018
State Climate Investments Boost Local Communities

State Climate Investments Boost Local Communities

State programs aimed at solving climate change can also help cities tackle many of their other community priorities. The cap-and trade program generates substantial revenue that the state invests to further reduce greenhouse gas emissions and achieve other community co-benefits.

May 2018
Redevelopment’s Elimination: Remembering the Local Experience

Redevelopment’s Elimination: Remembering the Local Experience

As new tools emerge, expect local officials to exercise caution.

May 2018
Pushing Back on Infrastructure Issues: Key to Our Local and State Economies

Pushing Back on Infrastructure Issues: Key to Our Local and State Economies

The League has focused on transportation infrastructure needs for over a decade, and this remains a priority for California cities in 2018.

May 2018
On the Record

On the Record

April 2018
Lessons for Local Governments About ADA Lawsuits

Lessons for Local Governments About ADA Lawsuits

A recent court decision offers clarification on which standards and regulations apply to which government facilities and how local government agencies can implement preventive measures to reduce the possibility of ADA violations.

April 2018
Connecting Youth With Democracy

Connecting Youth With Democracy

The secretary of state sponsors programs to inform students about upcoming elections while providing unique hands-on opportunities to participate in the voting process.

April 2018