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The Next Generation of Economic Development Tools: Community Development Corporations

The Next Generation of Economic Development Tools: Community Development Corporations

Cities throughout California are seeking ways to help create jobs and revitalize neighborhoods.

September 2012
Reflecting on Our Progress and Moving Forward

Reflecting on Our Progress and Moving Forward

The League has met the challenges of the past year, and much work remains to be done.

August 2012
Regulating Lobbying Activities

Regulating Lobbying Activities

This article examines common elements of lobbying laws and how these laws typically regulate lobbyist behavior.

August 2012
What Comes Next?

What Comes Next?

In the wake of the elimination of redevelopment agencies, city officials and legislators are wondering, “What comes next?”

May 2012
Creating Economic Development at the Local Level

Creating Economic Development at the Local Level

The City of Alhambra took action early this year on an innovative plan to stimulate economic development and identified a range of tools to help finance new projects.

May 2012
2011 Legislative Year in Review

2011 Legislative Year in Review

The stage was set for 2011 when California voters approved Proposition 22 by a margin of 61 percent in the November 2010 statewide election. Once Governor Brown proposed to eliminate redevelopment and enterprise zones, the 2011 legislative session devolved into one of the most difficult in memory for city-state relations.

January 2012
How “Penny for Your Thoughts” Helped Concord’s City Council Connect With the Community and Set Priorities

How “Penny for Your Thoughts” Helped Concord’s City Council Connect With the Community and Set Priorities

December 2011
Sustaining Your Sustainability Programs

Sustaining Your Sustainability Programs

Investing in sustainability leads to healthier communities and improved economic vitality while saving money, conserving natural resources and protecting the environment.

November 2011
“Realignment” in Any Other State Would Be Called “Community Corrections”

“Realignment” in Any Other State Would Be Called “Community Corrections”

The California corrections realignment plan is sweeping and aggressive. Instead of trying to accomplish a decline in prison population over a gradual period, the California plan is largely driven by a need to drastically reduce prison populations by 25 percent over the next two years.

November 2011
California Expands Efforts to Collect Taxes From Internet Sales: Local Agency Revenues to Benefit

California Expands Efforts to Collect Taxes From Internet Sales: Local Agency Revenues to Benefit

Not collecting taxes on sales provides out-of-state online retailers a significant price advantage over instate “bricks and mortar” businesses. As online commerce continues to grow, a solution to the use-tax gap becomes increasingly urgent.

November 2011