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Topic - Public Trust & Ethics Archive

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Jurupa Valley: The Last City in California?

Jurupa Valley: The Last City in California?

August 2012
Regulating Lobbying Activities

Regulating Lobbying Activities

This article examines common elements of lobbying laws and how these laws typically regulate lobbyist behavior.

August 2012
Reflecting on Our Progress and Moving Forward

Reflecting on Our Progress and Moving Forward

The League has met the challenges of the past year, and much work remains to be done.

August 2012
New Resources: The Latest in Best Practices and More

New Resources: The Latest in Best Practices and More

Local officials looking for tools to help them serve their communities now have access to a variety of new resources.

July 2012
Website Content for Local Agencies to Consider: A Checklist

Website Content for Local Agencies to Consider: A Checklist

June 2012
Local Agency Opportunities for Website Transparency

Local Agency Opportunities for Website Transparency

Public agency transparency comprises two dimensions: information and process. This article includes a handy checklist of items local agencies may want to consider including on their website.

June 2012
Putting Technology to Work

Putting Technology to Work

The Internet is no longer a new tool, and many cities are making good use of it. In this era of fiscal austerity, we are all working to do more with less. Cities are using technology to improve efficiency and increase government transparency.

June 2012
Resources for Involving the Public in Land-Use Planning Decisions

Resources for Involving the Public in Land-Use Planning Decisions

Land-use planning can present difficult and divisive issues for communities. A local agency’s land-use planning decisions literally affect people where they live.

March 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
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