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Ethics and the Agency Auditing Function

Ethics and the Agency Auditing Function

Auditors can help elected officials and agency managers make sure that public resources are properly used. By conducting periodic audits, local agencies can underscore their commitment to ethics and ensure that any misuse of public resources is detected and investigated.

December 2009
2009 Annual Conference Review

2009 Annual Conference Review

More than 1,500 city officials attended the League of California Cities 2009 Annual Conference and Exposition held Sept. 16-18 in San Jose. Dozens of sessions and workshops focused on timely topics, and opportunities to share solutions abounded.

December 2009

Workforce Reductions: 10 Steps to Making Layoffs in Local Government More Gracefully

November 2009
Rebuilding California Requires Restoring Local Control of Local Revenues

Rebuilding California Requires Restoring Local Control of Local Revenues

This year, the dysfunction in our state governance became painfully evident as the Legislature and governor adopted budget after budget that failed to meet the test of responsibility in the eyes of both the public and Wall Street.

November 2009
California Communities STAR Bond Program Offers Cities a Cost-Effective Financing Tool

California Communities STAR Bond Program Offers Cities a Cost-Effective Financing Tool

Through the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act, the federal government is providing a way for cities to issue taxable Build America Bonds and Recovery Zone Economic Development Bonds, which cities can use for capital projects that many be currently under way or planned for the near future.

November 2009
Financing Local Sustainability Efforts

Financing Local Sustainability Efforts

Even in these difficult financial times, local agencies are undertaking a wide range of activities that promote sustainability. Regardless of the reason behind the activities, they have one thing in common – the need to pay for the effort.

November 2009
Municipal Fiscal-Health Contingency Planning

Municipal Fiscal-Health Contingency Planning

Good times come and go. How can cities best position themselves to weather the bad times? One city’s approach involves having a fiscal-health contingency plan in place so it doesn’t face financial challenges unprepared.

November 2009
Avoiding and Using Chapter 9

Avoiding and Using Chapter 9

The stresses that can result in the drastic step of filing for bankruptcy protection are currently affecting many municipalities, but filing for Chapter 9 protection should be considered a last resort.

November 2009
Public Safety Depends on Police, Fire — and More

Public Safety Depends on Police, Fire — and More

City officials are grappling with the challenges of balancing their city budget while preserving the critically important services that are a central component of our quality of life. Clearly, public safety tops the list, but numerous other local services contribute to public safety in a variety of ways that are not always immediately visible.

October 2009
The Co-Benefits of Sustainability Strategies

The Co-Benefits of Sustainability Strategies

Sustainability strategies save money, conserve resources for future generations, improve public health, respond to climate change and make communities more attractive places to live.

September 2009