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Topic - Public Trust & Ethics Archive

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Electronic Transparency and Open Data: A Movement Worth Joining

Electronic Transparency and Open Data: A Movement Worth Joining

Taking information that local agencies already have and making it open to the public reduces in-house costs and builds efficiencies for both staff and constituents. In the past the public typically had to request this data through a public records request, which could take days or weeks to produce results. Cities can now share that data online proactively and let others analyze and use it in various ways.

December 2014
New Mayors and Council Members’ Academy Provides a Strong Start

New Mayors and Council Members’ Academy Provides a Strong Start

Held each January in Sacramento, the academy features seasoned experts who present the nuts and bolts of city council operations.

December 2014
Ethics, Transparency and Building Public Confidence in Local Government

Ethics, Transparency and Building Public Confidence in Local Government

December 2014
Vallejo’s Participatory Budgeting Builds Public Involvement, Generates Results

Vallejo’s Participatory Budgeting Builds Public Involvement, Generates Results

The process gives residents a voice in spending decisions.

November 2014
Getting Public Employees Off to a Good Start

Getting Public Employees Off to a Good Start

How does one sensitize the public agency’s workforce to the special obligations of being a public agency staff member? Strategies include discussing practical examples from the media to help demonstrate the importance of ethics and providing a brochure with clear language for new employees.

October 2014
Disruptive Technology, Public Policy and Leadership

Disruptive Technology, Public Policy and Leadership

Public sector leaders face a number of challenges related to disruptive technology.

September 2014
New Tool Helps Understand Candidates’ Positions on Issues Important to Cities

New Tool Helps Understand Candidates’ Positions on Issues Important to Cities

An online questionnaire gives communities an opportunity to gain insights about candidates’ views on local control and other issues of importance to cities statewide.

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
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
How Your Participation in the League Can Help Your City — and You

How Your Participation in the League Can Help Your City — and You

Becoming involved in the League provides many benefits not only for cities and elected local officials, but also for staff and department heads.

August 2014
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