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Executive Director's Message

Making Strides on Public Pension Reform

Making Strides on Public Pension Reform

The League made pension reform its top strategic priority in 2012 and succeeded in accomplishing this goal as the legislative session concluded.

A New Approach to Financing Energy Efficiency

A New Approach to Financing Energy Efficiency

A new program gives local governments access to tax-exempt financing for sustainable energy investments and projects.

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News from the Institute for Local Government

Resources to Help New Leaders Get Started

Resources to Help New Leaders Get Started

Understanding “how to get things done as a newly elected official” is a priority for local officials. New online resources help streamline the process.

Make Volunteer Programs a Financial Asset, Not a Liability

Make Volunteer Programs a Financial Asset, Not a Liability

As cities implement deeper budget cuts, volunteers are performing more physically and intellectually demanding functions.

GASB's New Defined Benefit Pension Standards: Sunshine or Rain for Cities?

GASB's New Defined Benefit Pension Standards: Sunshine or Rain for Cities?

The Governmental Accounting Standards Board’s release of new defined benefit pension standards could not have come at a better time or a worse time, depending on one’s point of view.

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Sustainable Cities

Financing Energy Efficiency: Options And Issues to Consider

Financing Energy Efficiency: Options And Issues to Consider

Efforts to finance energy-efficiency projects benefit from thinking ahead about the pros and cons of different options.

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California Cities Helen Putnam Award for Excellence

San Carlos Adopts Innovative Contracting Techniques to Maintain Service Levels

San Carlos Adopts Innovative Contracting Techniques to Maintain Service Levels

Like many California cities, San Carlos has faced some serious budgetary challenges in recent years.