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Executive Director's Message

A Mind Is a Terrible Thing to Waste

A Mind Is a Terrible Thing to Waste

New research on the early brain development of poor children may be useful in helping us rethink our intervention approaches.

U.S. Communities Provides Savings, Efficiency and Value

The U.S. Communities purchasing alliance provides world-class products, resources and solutions. California cities saved approximately $4.5 million in 2014 through U.S. Communities.

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News from the Institute for Local Government

Public Engagement in Budgeting Leads to Greater Trust and Transparency

Public Engagement in Budgeting Leads to Greater Trust and Transparency

Engaging the community can inform the budgeting process and help residents understand the hard choices involved.

Forecasting for an Uncertain Fiscal Future

Forecasting for an Uncertain Fiscal Future

The lingering revenue effects from the Great Recession, changes to pension contributions, rising retiree medical costs and other factors almost guarantee that the financial future for California...

The Sharing Economy’s Impact on Cities

The Sharing Economy’s Impact on Cities

Ride-sharing and home-sharing services are affecting cities in a variety of ways. Seven California cities report their experiences.

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California Cities Helen Putnam Award for Excellence

Brea and Fullerton Merge Fire Command to Maximize Resources

Brea and Fullerton Merge Fire Command to Maximize Resources

The consolidation occurred without layoffs, demotions or loss of pay to the affected employees and provided immediate financial relief for both cities.

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