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The “Front Page” Test: An Easy Ethics Standard

The “Front Page” Test: An Easy Ethics Standard

As an elected official and public servant, your actions and words are often subject to intense public scrutiny. Thinking about how the average constituent on the street will perceive your actions is a useful exercise. Will that constituent think you are doing the right thing as a public official?

February 2012
Social Contract Is the Cornerstone of Effective State-Local Relations

Social Contract Is the Cornerstone of Effective State-Local Relations

Maintaining our social contract with state legislators is easier when we first make an effort to understand their perspective and work style, rather than just expecting them to vote a certain way.

February 2012
Resources for Leaders in Difficult Times

Resources for Leaders in Difficult Times

While there is no easy answer to the difficult decisions local leaders must often make, a number of strategies can make such work easier. A key element of the Institute for Local Government’s mission in service to local leaders is providing information on such strategies.

January 2012
League Board and Leaders Chart Strategic Path for 2012

League Board and Leaders Chart Strategic Path for 2012

A group of 130 League leaders and board members met recently to set the organization’s priorities for the coming year.

January 2012
Project Safety Net Works to Save Lives in Palo Alto

Project Safety Net Works to Save Lives in Palo Alto

January 2012
Rebuilding Trust in Local Government

Rebuilding Trust in Local Government

December 2011
How “Penny for Your Thoughts” Helped Concord’s City Council Connect With the Community and Set Priorities

How “Penny for Your Thoughts” Helped Concord’s City Council Connect With the Community and Set Priorities

December 2011
What Do You Think Promotes Public Service Ethics?

What Do You Think Promotes Public Service Ethics?

December 2011
Moving Toward “We”

Moving Toward “We”

December 2011
The League Steps Up on Pension Reform

The League Steps Up on Pension Reform

Pension costs for most California municipalities are likely to increase 25 percent or more in the next three years. If sizable increases in pension costs are not mitigated, many cities will be forced to further reduce services and staffing to fund the pensions of those who remain on the payroll or are retired from service.

November 2011