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Addressing Health and Safety Issues Related to Public Encampments and Vehicle Habitation

Addressing Health and Safety Issues Related to Public Encampments and Vehicle Habitation

In dealing with public encampments and vehicle habitation, city officials must be sensitive to the constitutional rights of the affected individuals, who are often homeless, and the many related complex social welfare challenges.

December 2014
The Better Part of Valor: Amending Local Sex Offender Ordinances

The Better Part of Valor: Amending Local Sex Offender Ordinances

Few city officials or residents favor the idea of repealing an ordinance intended to protect children from sexual predators, but many cities with such ordinances are being forced to do just that as a result of legal challenges. By moving quickly and carefully, city councils can address the appellate rulings and avoid paying for the privilege of repealing their ordinances.

October 2014
Is Your City Prepared for The Next Major Disaster?

Is Your City Prepared for The Next Major Disaster?

California is vulnerable to earthquakes, floods, wildfires, tsunamis, hazardous materials spills, acts of terrorism and many other natural and human-caused disasters. For this reason state law requires all municipalities to have in place a comprehensive, all-hazard emergency plan. Everyone, including the mayor and city council, has a defined role in ensuring that the needs of their communities are met during crises.

October 2014
Goleta Makes Emergency Preparedness a Priority

Goleta Makes Emergency Preparedness a Priority

The Goleta Prepare Now/Goleta Prepárese Hoy program provides education and training to community members so they can assist their families and neighborhoods during a disaster.

October 2014
Monrovia’s YES Program Opens Doors For At-Risk Teens

Monrovia’s YES Program Opens Doors For At-Risk Teens

Monrovia’s YES Program Opens Doors For At-Risk Teens The program provides career opportunities and guidance.

September 2014
Outstanding Local Streets and Roads Project Awards Highlight Exceptional Efforts

Outstanding Local Streets and Roads Project Awards Highlight Exceptional Efforts

Launched in 2014, the awards highlight cities and counties using innovative projects to achieve safety, preservation and sustainability goals for the local street and road systems.

August 2014
When Tragedy Strikes: A Leader’s Role, Revisited

When Tragedy Strikes: A Leader’s Role, Revisited

When a tragic event occurs and an investigation follows, it’s helpful for elected local officials to keep a few key issues in mind.

August 2014
Sober Living Businesses in Residential Zones

Sober Living Businesses in Residential Zones

This article presents the current legal constraints and considerations related to local regulation of sober living homes and residential alcohol and drug rehabilitation facilities, which is limited by state law.

August 2014
Santa Clarita Uses Community Approach to Strengthen Neighborhood

Santa Clarita Uses Community Approach to Strengthen Neighborhood

The city partnered with residents to find creative ways to address tough challenges.

August 2014
Regulating the Massage Industry: Challenges and Opportunities

Regulating the Massage Industry: Challenges and Opportunities

In 2008 the massage industry helped craft SB 731, which established a voluntary certification process for massage professionals through the California Massage Therapy Council. The bill’s intent was to professionalize the industry by creating uniform standards for massage practitioners and therapists. Unfortunately, many things related to SB 731 are not working for local governments.

March 2014
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