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Making City Operations More Transparent

Making City Operations More Transparent

Most residents want to know how decisions — particularly budget-related decisions — are made at the local level and how much a particular course of action is going to cost the city and its taxpayers. Technology offers a number of ways to do this.

December 2013
Walnut Creek Takes a Graphic Approach to Its Budget

Walnut Creek Takes a Graphic Approach to Its Budget

The city did something dramatically different with its budget report to capture the community’s attention about a looming deficit.

November 2013
Can Art and Emotion Inspire Effective Leadership?

Can Art and Emotion Inspire Effective Leadership?

Artist and speaker Erik Wahl’s performance at the League’s recent annual conference inspired city officials to think creatively about the skills they may have that can be put to work in serving the public.

November 2013
Resources to Help Promote Public Trust and Confidence in Local Government

Resources to Help Promote Public Trust and Confidence in Local Government

The competency of both local officials and staff provides a basis for establishing public trust and confidence. Elements of ethics, public input and transparency also play a key role.

November 2013
Using Public Resources: Special Issues Around Expenses and Expense Reimbursement

Using Public Resources: Special Issues Around Expenses and Expense Reimbursement

Tips for public agency employees on travel, expense reimbursement and credit card usage.

October 2013
Due Process Walls in the City Attorney’s Office: Safeguarding Fair Hearings

Due Process Walls in the City Attorney’s Office: Safeguarding Fair Hearings

In light of a recent court decision, cities should make sure their practices are consistent with the due process rights of parties involved in quasi-judicial proceedings.

October 2013
Santa Maria’s Listos: Disaster Preparedness Program Builds Trust

Santa Maria’s Listos: Disaster Preparedness Program Builds Trust

The City of Santa Maria's Listos program emphasizes sharing emergency and disaster preparedness skills, using a culturally appropriate curriculum that overcomes language and trust barriers.

October 2013
Getting a Handle on Financial Issues

Getting a Handle on Financial Issues

Many cities are experiencing very painful financial difficulties. Elected city officials grapple with budget challenges nearly every day. But cities are using a number of innovative approaches to address their fiscal problems.

October 2013
The Conversations We All Need to Have, Again and Again

The Conversations We All Need to Have, Again and Again

Rather than have a national “conversation” about race, President Obama suggested, in effect, that we have millions of conversations about it over the next few years.

September 2013
Pondering Innovation at the Local Level

Pondering Innovation at the Local Level

How does innovation occur in local government? What can local officials interested in seeing their agencies engage in innovation do to support innovation?

September 2013