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Topic - Public Trust & Ethics Archive

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Transparency, Ethics and Doing the Right Thing

Transparency, Ethics and Doing the Right Thing

It takes only one scandal to give the public the impression that all local elected officials are not to be trusted, and public perception can be very slow to change. How can we build our community’s trust in city government?

December 2015
On the Record

On the Record

City officials share the best advice they’ve received on serving in public office.

December 2015
Making Campaign Finance and Government More Transparent

Making Campaign Finance and Government More Transparent

The State of California houses a treasure trove of extremely valuable information; the problem is extracting and presenting it in a way that is meaningful and readily accessible. The Fair Political Practices Commission is working to improve public access to election-related and other data.

December 2015
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.

November 2015
Menlo Park Builds Relationships for Safer Neighborhoods

Menlo Park Builds Relationships for Safer Neighborhoods

The city is the first in the nation to have a full-time police officer position funded by a private company.

October 2015
West Sacramento’s Path to a Safer, Healthier Community

West Sacramento’s Path to a Safer, Healthier Community

A crime-ridden trail spurred unhappy residents into action and led to a collaborative effort involving a local nonprofit, the city, school district and multiple agencies.

October 2015
Those Pesky Elephants in the Room

Those Pesky Elephants in the Room

A number of “elephants” lurk in city halls statewide.

September 2015
Celebrating 60 Years of Service to California’s Local Governments

Celebrating 60 Years of Service to California’s Local Governments

The Institute for Local Government promotes good government at the local level by creating practical, impartial and easy-to-use resources for California communities.

August 2015
The Role of Vision, Tenacity and Humility in Leadership

The Role of Vision, Tenacity and Humility in Leadership

Dreamers see the possibilities that others are intimidated by or cannot envision, and they frequently are told they will undoubtedly fail.

August 2015
Leveraging the Power of Social Media When Disaster Strikes

Leveraging the Power of Social Media When Disaster Strikes

Emergencies offer an opportunity to connect with residents.

June 2015
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