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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
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
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
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
On the Record

On the Record

July 2014
Why Home Rule Is the Birthright of California’s Cities

Why Home Rule Is the Birthright of California’s Cities

Local control, or home rule, provides the foundation for city governance. This article examines the state’s history and the Legislature’s tradition of meddling in local affairs.

July 2014
Deciding When to Step Aside From the Decision-Making Process: Abstentions And Disqualifications

Deciding When to Step Aside From the Decision-Making Process: Abstentions And Disqualifications

The issues related to refraining from participation in an agency decision can be vexing. It may be tempting to abstain because of concerns about making an unpopular decision or simply not knowing which decision is best. Nevertheless, making decisions is what officials are elected to do.

June 2014
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