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The Sharing Economy’s Impact on Cities

The Sharing Economy’s Impact on Cities

Ride-sharing and home-sharing services are affecting cities in a variety of ways. Seven California cities report their experiences.

November 2015
California Supreme Court Upholds Inclusionary Housing Programs

California Supreme Court Upholds Inclusionary Housing Programs

The California Supreme Court in June 2015 issued one of its most important and city-friendly decisions in many years, reaffirming the breadth of cities’ power to address the affordable housing crisis.

October 2015
West Sacramento’s Path to a Safer, Healthier Community

West Sacramento’s Path to a Safer, Healthier Community

A crime-ridden trail spurred unhappy residents into action and led to a collaborative effort involving a local nonprofit, the city, school district and multiple agencies.

October 2015
Celebrating 60 Years of Service to California’s Local Governments

Celebrating 60 Years of Service to California’s Local Governments

The Institute for Local Government promotes good government at the local level by creating practical, impartial and easy-to-use resources for California communities.

August 2015
Home Sharing in the New Economy

Home Sharing in the New Economy

Online hosting platforms make it easy to rent a home or room for short periods of time. Cities’ traditional regulatory tools allow communities to address short-term rentals and their potential impacts.

August 2015
A New Approach to Habitat Conservation in Silicon Valley

A New Approach to Habitat Conservation in Silicon Valley

July 2015
Heeding the Call for Water Conservation

Heeding the Call for Water Conservation

If every home in the state were retrofitted with water-efficient fixtures, over 300 billion gallons of water could be saved per year.

July 2015
Covina Develops Software for Rental Inspection Program

Covina Develops Software for Rental Inspection Program

The city developed a proactive model and software to streamline inspections.

June 2015
Dublin Uses Public-Private Partnership to Transform Neighborhood

Dublin Uses Public-Private Partnership to Transform Neighborhood

The city converted public housing to privately owned affordable housing and created a new neighborhood. The five-year planning process involved all key stakeholders, including existing residents, so that the resulting project would reflect the community’s needs.

March 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