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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
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
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
Fairfield’s Strategies for Successful Economic Development During a Recession

Fairfield’s Strategies for Successful Economic Development During a Recession

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
Lower Your Costs by Adopting an Employee Wellness Policy

Lower Your Costs by Adopting an Employee Wellness Policy

Obesity-related health care and physical inactivity cost California $41 billion annually. In their role as employers, cities can affect two leading components of health: nutrition and exercise. Because employees spend a significant amount of time at work, it makes sense to introduce programs that make it easier for them to eat healthier ford and increase activity levels.

April 2010
Keys to Successful Mixed-Use and Infill Development

Keys to Successful Mixed-Use and Infill Development

Cities use a variety of strategies to overcome the challenges associated with mixed-use and infill development.

March 2010
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