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Why Now Is a Smart Time to Consider Updating Your General Plan

Why Now Is a Smart Time to Consider Updating Your General Plan

At first glance, updating your city’s General Plan may not seem like a high priority. However, there are several compelling reasons why now is an excellent time to begin updating your General Plan.

March 2011
Fiscal Oversight: Ask the Right Questions

Fiscal Oversight: Ask the Right Questions

One of the most important responsibilities for local officials is overseeing their agencies’ finances. What can elected officials do to exercise careful fiscal stewardship over taxpayer resources?

March 2011
Proposition 26: An Executive Summary for The Layperson

Proposition 26: An Executive Summary for The Layperson

Much effort has been expended trying to explain and analyze the purpose and effect of Proposition 26, the so-called “Stop Hidden Taxes Initiative.” This article provides the non-expert with tools to gain a working knowledge of Prop. 26.

March 2011
How Fremont Solved Transit and Infrastructure Problems

How Fremont Solved Transit and Infrastructure Problems

February 2011
10 New Rules for Elected Officials in Times of Economic Meltdown

10 New Rules for Elected Officials in Times of Economic Meltdown

Local governments are experiencing permanent fiscal stress that undercuts their ability to respond to the big issues of the day. These rules provide helpful guidelines for local leaders.

January 2011
Making the Most of Your Banking Relationship

Making the Most of Your Banking Relationship

Revisiting our banking relationships offers a painless way of recovering and generating revenue for our cash-strapped cities.

January 2011
New Resources to Help Involve Your Community

New Resources to Help Involve Your Community

The institute releases materials for local agencies about involving the public in local budgeting, working with local clergy and congregations, and public engagement stories.

November 2010
Cities Engage Residents in Budget Planning

Cities Engage Residents in Budget Planning

Local officials throughout California are finding new and more participatory ways to involve residents in local budgeting processes.

November 2010
Effective Advocacy: What City Officials Need to Know About Pursuing Federal Grant Funding

Effective Advocacy: What City Officials Need to Know About Pursuing Federal Grant Funding

A much larger share of federal spending is being distributed in the form of competitive grant funding through executive branch departments and agencies.

November 2010
Sunnyvale’s Investment Increases Efficiency and Improves Library Services

Sunnyvale’s Investment Increases Efficiency and Improves Library Services

It’s ironic but true: During tough economic times as library budgets are being cut, public library use increases. Sunnyvale used technology to overcome this challenge.

November 2010