Fog   55.0F  |  Forecast »

March 2013

More Articles »

Executive Director's Message

Are We at the Tipping Point in Building a New State-Local Partnership?

Are We at the Tipping Point in Building a New State-Local Partnership?

As the economy begins to recover and the state budget shows signs of stabilizing, the challenges facing California require strong leadership at all levels. Many of our new state legislators came...

Showcase Your City’s Work: Helen Putnam Award for Excellence Program

Showcase Your City’s Work: Helen Putnam Award for Excellence Program

The deadline for this year’s award program is April 11, so start planning now to enter your city’s outstanding programs that creatively address local challenges. Winners enjoy a variety of...

More Articles »

News from the Institute for Local Government

Meetings: Bane or Blessing? New Resource Center Offers Help

Meetings: Bane or Blessing? New Resource Center Offers Help

Meetings can present a broad range of challenges for local officials. A collection of useful materials offers practical information on related topics that include chairing a meeting, dealing with a...

Neglecting Annexation and Incorporation Will Not Serve the State’s Growth Goals

Neglecting Annexation and Incorporation Will Not Serve the State’s Growth Goals

State policies for achieving sustainability have staked much on the success of cities. Yet the state’s recent actions signal a lack of appreciation for the vital function cities serve as centers...

More Articles »

Sustainable Cities

Fresno’s Planning Process Builds Trust

Fresno’s Planning Process Builds Trust

Communities use planning to make choices about the future. But the process can be as important as the final plan itself and provide a foundation for future efforts around local issues and concerns.

More Articles »

California Cities Helen Putnam Award for Excellence

Fontana Revitalizes Downtown With a Focus on Seniors

Fontana Revitalizes Downtown With a Focus on Seniors

The city provided its senior population with high-quality, affordable housing close to the services they need.