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Topic - Governance, Legislation & Law Archive

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Redesigned League Website Offers New Tools and Features

Redesigned League Website Offers New Tools and Features

The website features enhanced tools to help League members advocate for their cities, become involved in the policy-making process and learn about important upcoming educational opportunities for city officials.

June 2012
Putting Technology to Work

Putting Technology to Work

The Internet is no longer a new tool, and many cities are making good use of it. In this era of fiscal austerity, we are all working to do more with less. Cities are using technology to improve efficiency and increase government transparency.

June 2012
Local Agency Electronic Media Use and California Public Records Law

Local Agency Electronic Media Use and California Public Records Law

Members of the public and local agency officials carrying out the public’s business increasingly use electronic media to communicate. This article provides an overview of the law, discusses some emerging issues and offers suggestions.

June 2012
What Comes Next?

What Comes Next?

In the wake of the elimination of redevelopment agencies, city officials and legislators are wondering, “What comes next?”

May 2012
Key Milestones Ahead in 2012 Legislative Session

Key Milestones Ahead in 2012 Legislative Session

One of the most critical periods for legislative action is between now and the first week of July. Learn how you can support the advocacy efforts of California cities.

May 2012
Understanding Changes to the Gift Rules

Understanding Changes to the Gift Rules

A variety of changes to the gift regulations took effect Jan. 1, 2012. The goal was to simplify the gift regulations and make them easier to understand, while reinforcing the principle that public officials may not use their positions for personal gain.

April 2012
Strategies for Curtailing Frivolous Lawsuits

Strategies for Curtailing Frivolous Lawsuits

State and local governments can be targets for vexatious litigants, individuals who file “do-it-yourself” lawsuits and represent themselves in court.

April 2012
Trailblazing a Sustainable Path

Trailblazing a Sustainable Path

A new era of transportation planning has dawned in California as metropolitan planning organizations throughout the state work to comply with Senate Bill 375.

March 2012
The Power of Groupthink: The New Denial

The Power of Groupthink: The New Denial

Groupthink is a phenomenon in which the group members form individual opinions that match the group consensus rather than critically evaluating information.

March 2012
Advocating for Your City in a Term-Limited Era

Advocating for Your City in a Term-Limited Era

February 2012