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Making Drug Dealers Pay For Law Enforcement

Making Drug Dealers Pay For Law Enforcement

Cities are increasingly using civil actions rather than criminal prosecution to curb illegal drug sales within their borders. Often such actions are taken either under general nuisance laws or the California Drug Abatement Act. However, the California Unfair Competition Law has also been used effectively to curb drug sales and close down businesses where drugs are sold.

February 2013
New Report on Roads: Fix Problems Now or Pay More Later

New Report on Roads: Fix Problems Now or Pay More Later

Pavement conditions are deteriorating throughout California, and while the costs are high for even the most basic repair and maintenance, the price tag for waiting is far higher, from both an economic and a public safety standpoint.

February 2013
Partnerships Make Roadways Safer

Partnerships Make Roadways Safer

In tough economic times expectations remain high for cities to provide quality public services and facilities, though resources to fund desired projects are scarce. One strategy for overcoming limited resources is to combine forces with other agencies and organizations to leverage expertise, staff time and funding.

February 2013
Santa Clarita’s Neighborhood Approach Builds Trust and Community Involvement

Santa Clarita’s Neighborhood Approach Builds Trust and Community Involvement

December 2012
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.

November 2012
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October 2012
San Mateo Helps Residents "Be Ready, Be Safe, Be Involved!"

San Mateo Helps Residents "Be Ready, Be Safe, Be Involved!"

October 2012
Realignment: How Cities Can Maximize Existing Powers and Recover Costs to Fight Crime

Realignment: How Cities Can Maximize Existing Powers and Recover Costs to Fight Crime

Cities can draw on their own police powers and state laws to abate problems from drugs and prostitution to graffiti and gangs.

October 2012
New High-Tech Tools Keep Residents Safe, Informed and Engaged

New High-Tech Tools Keep Residents Safe, Informed and Engaged

High-tech tools are making it possible for cities to issue alerts in real time to their communities, respond more quickly to emergencies and maximize scarce resources.

October 2012
New Program Offers Help With Planning for Energy Emergencies

New Program Offers Help With Planning for Energy Emergencies

The California Local Energy Assurance Planning program offers local governments support in planning for interruptions to energy supplies.

July 2012