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Free Tools to Help With the City Budget Process

Free Tools to Help With the City Budget Process

The municipal budget process typically begins in the spring. City officials and staff can find a wide range of free materials online to assist in budget creation, financial management and more.

April 2014
Understanding State Mandates and Suspended Mandates: Local Government Impacts

Understanding State Mandates and Suspended Mandates: Local Government Impacts

This article presents an overview of state mandates, reimbursable mandates and options for cities when mandates are suspended.

March 2014
Get Creative: California Arts Council Offers Grant Funding Opportunity

Get Creative: California Arts Council Offers Grant Funding Opportunity

The California Arts Council’s new Creative California Communities (CCC) Program supports innovative projects that harness arts and culture as a key economic development or arts service strategy for cities and communities of all sizes.

March 2014
California’s Crumbling Infrastructure: An Urgent Priority

California’s Crumbling Infrastructure: An Urgent Priority

For the ninth time in the past 10 years, the League has identified infrastructure investment as one of its top priorities. You don’t have to look far to understand why.

February 2014
Practical Advice for Minimizing CEQA Liability in Your City

Practical Advice for Minimizing CEQA Liability in Your City

The California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA) is the primary state law that requires public agencies and their decision-makers to understand and evaluate the environmental consequences of their discretionary decisions before making them. Moreover, CEQA requires that public agencies not only consider but take action to mitigate or avoid significant adverse environmental impacts where feasible.

February 2014
Malibu’s Legacy Park: A Public Works Approach to Sustainability

Malibu’s Legacy Park: A Public Works Approach to Sustainability

Every year, thousands of visitors flock to Legacy Park, which was designed to showcase six regionally significant habitats, including the coastal prairie, woodlands, coastal bluffs, riparian corridor, wetland meadows and vernal pools. Perhaps most remarkable, the park was engineered to treat and beneficially reuse water that would otherwise discharge into Malibu Creek, local beaches and Santa Monica Bay.

February 2014
What Local Officials Need to Know About New Elements in GASB Financial Statements

What Local Officials Need to Know About New Elements in GASB Financial Statements

Two new elements required for government financial statements may seem complicated at first glance, but will improve the accuracy of reporting by including future commitments.

November 2013
Property Assessed Clean Energy Financing for Commercial Building Upgrades

Property Assessed Clean Energy Financing for Commercial Building Upgrades

Efforts to achieve greater energy efficiency in commercial and industrial buildings are often hampered by substantial upfront costs. To help local businesses overcome these cost barriers, California cities and counties can take advantage of an innovative solution.

November 2013
Walnut Creek Takes a Graphic Approach to Its Budget

Walnut Creek Takes a Graphic Approach to Its Budget

The city did something dramatically different with its budget report to capture the community’s attention about a looming deficit.

November 2013
Financial Resources to Support Energy Efficiency

Financial Resources to Support Energy Efficiency

California’s energy utilities and state agencies offer rebates, zero-interest loans, grants and other types of financing incentives to cities, residents and businesses.

November 2013
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