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Topic - Public Trust & Ethics Archive

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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
Use Free Technology to Enhance Public Meetings

Use Free Technology to Enhance Public Meetings

Local governments can access free resources and borrow equipment, including keypad polling devices and translation gear, to enhance public meetings and engage the community.

June 2014
Taking Service to the Next Level With 311

Taking Service to the Next Level With 311

The 311 Customer Service Center operates 24 hours a day, 365 days a year to provide access to City and County of San Francisco government information and services. The goal is to assist callers with questions or requests for service at the time of the call.

June 2014
Technology, Tools and Techniques to Reach Your Community

Technology, Tools and Techniques to Reach Your Community

Local governments use a wide variety of technology options in their efforts to connect with their communities. While some technology may be costly, many options are reasonably priced and the range of available choices is broad enough to be feasible for any local government, from large to small.

June 2014
Are City Governments the Last Bastion Of Democracy?

Are City Governments the Last Bastion Of Democracy?

Cities are not just the laboratories of democracy; they may well also be its salvation.

May 2014
Sustainability Yields Fiscal and Economic Benefits

Sustainability Yields Fiscal and Economic Benefits

New resources offer practical tips to enhance cities’ economic prosperity and fiscal health.

May 2014
Is Your City Council Stifling Innovation? Tips to Promote Smart Risk-Taking

Is Your City Council Stifling Innovation? Tips to Promote Smart Risk-Taking

Innovation requires risk-taking — not wild gambles, but calculated risks. Unless council members and top management create an environment that encourages “smart” risks, there will be little if any innovation regardless of how much the council desires it.

April 2014
Free Tools to Help With the City Budget Process

Free Tools to Help With the City Budget Process

The municipal budget process typically begins in the spring. City officials and staff can find a wide range of free materials online to assist in budget creation, financial management and more.

April 2014