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California’s Green Economy Links Economic Development and Sustainability

California’s Green Economy Links Economic Development and Sustainability

The continued expansion in core green industries, such as energy generation and efficiency, recycling and waste, clean transportation, water and wastewater, offers cause for guarded optimism.

May 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
Built to Last: Charting a Path to a Sustainable Economy

Built to Last: Charting a Path to a Sustainable Economy

Two very different cities offer remarkable examples of pioneering efforts to chart a more sustainable economic future.

May 2012
Act Now to Create a Healthier Community

Act Now to Create a Healthier Community

As local officials, we grapple with a lot of challenging issues and tough situations, and we don’t always agree on the best thing to do. But once in a while we come across something that makes such good sense we can all agree on it.

April 2012
HEAL Cities Campaign Supports Healthy Communities

HEAL Cities Campaign Supports Healthy Communities

Obesity and related diseases threaten the health of cities’ most vulnerable populations, particularly children and youth. In response, California cities are participating in the Healthy Eating Active Living (HEAL) Cities Campaign and adopting policies that support health.

April 2012
Resources for Involving the Public in Land-Use Planning Decisions

Resources for Involving the Public in Land-Use Planning Decisions

Land-use planning can present difficult and divisive issues for communities. A local agency’s land-use planning decisions literally affect people where they live.

March 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
Hayward Uses Murals to Fight Blight

Hayward Uses Murals to Fight Blight

Hayward’s Mural Art Program offers an outstanding example of a local effort that has helped reduce crime, build public-private partnerships, enhance community pride and save taxpayers’ money.

March 2012
Cathedral City Takes a Smart Approach to Water

Cathedral City Takes a Smart Approach to Water

A grant program helps homeowners eliminate their thirsty landscaping and use a drought-tolerant xeriscape approach instead.

February 2012
Regional Partnerships Provide Leadership

Regional Partnerships Provide Leadership

Partnerships among public, private and nonprofit groups are nothing new, and examples abound. However, innovative partnerships that build capacity to address sustainability, energy efficiency, climate change and reductions in greenhouse gas emissions are relatively new. Two examples illustrate the creativity and vibrancy of these efforts.

January 2012