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Executive Director's Message

Reforming California's Governance: Is It Time for a Grassroots Revolution?

Reforming California's Governance: Is It Time for a Grassroots Revolution?

Amid mounting evidence that the state government is hopelessly dysfunctional, various groups are putting together a reform agenda.

Cultivating Diversity in Municipal Management

Cultivating Diversity in Municipal Management

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News from the Institute for Local Government

Understanding the Basics of Local Agency Decision-Making

Understanding the Basics of Local Agency Decision-Making

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California Cities Helen Putnam Award for Excellence

Film and Tourism Drive Economic Development in Santa Clarita

Film and Tourism Drive Economic Development in Santa Clarita

Morgan Hill Invests in Recreation and Turns a Profit

Morgan Hill Invests in Recreation and Turns a Profit

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Sustainable Cities

Building a Green Economy: The Recycled Market Development Zone Program Provides Help and Resources

Building a Green Economy: The Recycled Market Development Zone Program Provides Help and Resources

The RMDZ program provides affordable loans and technical assistance that can help a manufacturing business through the challenging formative stages of developing new recycled-materials products.

Is the State Eating Its Seed Corn? How Cutting Redevelopment Kills Jobs

Is the State Eating Its Seed Corn? How Cutting Redevelopment Kills Jobs

Investments by redevelopment agencies represent one of the state’s most meaningful economic development programs.

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Legal Notes

Using Design-Build Can Save Money on Public Construction

Using Design-Build Can Save Money on Public Construction

The Legislature recently granted California cities expanded authority to use the design-build project delivery method.