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November 2010

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Executive Director's Message

The New Transparency in Local Government

The New Transparency in Local Government

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.

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News from the Institute for Local Government

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.

An Exclusive Western City Interview With Ted Gaebler

An Exclusive Western City Interview With Ted Gaebler

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.

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.

Rancho Cordova’s Remarkable Transformation

Rancho Cordova’s Remarkable Transformation

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Sustainable Cities

Working With Energy Utilities to Finance Energy-Efficiency Improvements

Working With Energy Utilities to Finance Energy-Efficiency Improvements

Local agencies throughout California are striving to reduce costs, even as the demand for services grows. Improving efficiency helps agencies do more with their existing resources and can offer a...

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California Cities Helen Putnam Award for Excellence

Rancho Cordova’s Annual Corporate Report Educates the Community And Builds Trust

Rancho Cordova’s Annual Corporate Report Educates the Community And Builds Trust

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Legal Notes

How the Second Amendment Right To Bear Arms Affects the Local Police Power to Regulate Firearms

How the Second Amendment Right To Bear Arms Affects the Local Police Power to Regulate Firearms