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Partnering to Build Better Communities

Partnering to Build Better Communities

The Strategic Growth Council offers technical assistance and administers grant funding for local governments.

July 2010
Understanding the New Water Conservation Mandates:

Understanding the New Water Conservation Mandates:

The state’s newest water conservation requirements for local governments will affect virtually every community in California.

July 2010
U.S. Communities: The Gold Standard for Cooperative Purchasing

U.S. Communities: The Gold Standard for Cooperative Purchasing

While many purchasing cooperatives offer services, the League sponsors only one: U.S. Communities. Since 2001, the program has saved public agencies more than $1.3 billion. Several key elements set U.S. Communities apart from other regional and national programs.

June 2010
Using Keypad Polling to Enhance Public Meetings

Using Keypad Polling to Enhance Public Meetings

It can be a challenge to design public meeting that allow a large and diverse group of residents to collaboratively identify and offer their preferences or recommendations to decision-makers in a limited amount of time. One technique that’s gaining popularity is the use of handheld wireless keypad devices, also known as keypad polling.

June 2010
Finding Strength in Shared Values and Diversity

Finding Strength in Shared Values and Diversity

Our shared values of local control and self-determination affect the breadth and depth of our organization’s leadership in every action we take. The policy-making process and procedures we employ are designed to ensure that our entire membership is represented because it is imperative that our policies reflect our broad constituency. The League is powerful largely because of the participation of its entire membership.

June 2010
Fairfield’s Strategies for Successful Economic Development During a Recession

Fairfield’s Strategies for Successful Economic Development During a Recession

May 2010
Addressing the Issue of Medical Marijuana Dispensaries

Addressing the Issue of Medical Marijuana Dispensaries

The two articles presented here examine the legal standards and practices under which cities may enact local laws either to ban or regulate dispensaries.

May 2010
Jobs and the State’s Inability to Connect the Dots

Jobs and the State’s Inability to Connect the Dots

California’s economy is in the worst shape since the Great Depression, and the state is shutting down its only viable source of economic development.

May 2010
Sunnyvale Dramatically Accelerates Capital Improvement Projects

Sunnyvale Dramatically Accelerates Capital Improvement Projects

Innovative thinking helped Sunnyvale speed the execution of about 30 projects with a total value of $60 million. A winning combination of low bids, grants and a streamlined administrative process have allowed the program to grow from its targeted $60 million in projects to more than $100 million in less than a year.

May 2010
Enough Is Enough! Join the Fight to Save Vital Local Services

Enough Is Enough! Join the Fight to Save Vital Local Services

Ongoing state raids and state borrowing of local revenues continue to jeopardize the services that Californians need most. Borrowing local taxpayer and transportation funds exacerbates budget problems because those borrowed funds have to be repaid with interest-out of taxpayers’ pockets.

April 2010