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Topic - Public Trust & Ethics Archive

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How Effective Is Your Council?

How Effective Is Your Council?

After the election is over it can be hard to put aside the competitive mindset, move beyond politics and begin working as a cohesive team.

November 2016
San Diego Focuses on Accountability, Transparency

San Diego Focuses on Accountability, Transparency

After years of fiscal challenges, the city implemented innovative programs to boost efficiency and accountability.

November 2016
Some Final Thoughts About Leadership, Democracy and the League

Some Final Thoughts About Leadership, Democracy and the League

During a ballot measure campaign, a critic said, “If you’re going to try to kill the king, you’d better succeed.”

October 2016
Speaking the Truth to Ourselves About Homelessness

Speaking the Truth to Ourselves About Homelessness

Cities have a responsibility to work with their county, state and federal partners to provide the services needed to address this issue.

September 2016
Homelessness in California

Homelessness in California

The League is taking unprecedented steps in response to an alarming increase in the state’s homeless population.

September 2016
Navigating the Ups and Downs of the Council-Manager Relationship

Navigating the Ups and Downs of the Council-Manager Relationship

First and foremost, the relationship between the city council and the city manager is a partnership that serves the community.

August 2016
The Rules of Our Trade

The Rules of Our Trade

A 6-year-old boy’s rules for his Spy Club provide food for thought regarding public service.

May 2016
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