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Stormwater: The Orphaned Utility

Stormwater: The Orphaned Utility

How quickly can stormwater utilities be rescued from their financial straitjacket so they can start helping resolve the state’s chronic water supply problems?

July 2015
Cars of the Future: Connected and Autonomous

Cars of the Future: Connected and Autonomous

Just as the Internet and smartphones changed the world, the advent of connected and autonomous vehicles will have a profound impact on our lives and our cities.

June 2015
Prospects for Community Economic Development Are Finally Looking Up

Prospects for Community Economic Development Are Finally Looking Up

Two new tools and positive developments on the legislative front are welcome news for cities.

May 2015
The Future of SB 375 Implementation and Regional Planning

The Future of SB 375 Implementation and Regional Planning

All 18 metropolitan planning organizations in California will have adopted their first Regional Transportation Plans under SB 375 by May 2015. This article looks at what SB 375 has accomplished and things local officials should keep in mind going forward.

March 2015

New Study Reveals Nearly $7.3 Billion Needed Annually to Make Streets and Roads Safe

In 10 years it is expected that, without greater investment, 25 percent of local streets and roads will be ranked “poor” — compared with 6 percent today. The local system will have an estimated $78.3 billion funding shortfall in the next decade.

February 2015
A Growing Risk: Oil Trains Raise Safety and Environmental Concerns

A Growing Risk: Oil Trains Raise Safety and Environmental Concerns

An oil boom in North Dakota and Canada from the Bakken shale formation and a lack of pipeline infrastructure have led to a dramatic increase in oil-by-rail shipments nationwide. As the volume of oil being transported by rail has swelled, train derailments have also increased.

February 2015
Road Diets Make Streets Leaner, Safer and More Efficient

Road Diets Make Streets Leaner, Safer and More Efficient

February 2015
A Renaissance for Long Beach Airport

A Renaissance for Long Beach Airport

The $45 million project, completed five months ahead of schedule and on budget, was funded by a General Airport Revenue Bond and passenger facility charges.

February 2015
Grappling With the Challenges of Transportation Infrastructure Financing

Grappling With the Challenges of Transportation Infrastructure Financing

California’s local streets and roads network is currently funded through a variety of sources including the state gas tax, federal transportation funds, local tax and bond measures, and local General Funds. Because funding sources have not kept pace with inflation, we face an ongoing annual deficit of more than $7 billion in the area of streets and roads.

February 2015
League Sets 2015 Strategic Direction in Leadership Workshop

League Sets 2015 Strategic Direction in Leadership Workshop

A senior leadership meeting of city officials from throughout the state used a dynamic, inclusive goalsetting process that built on the success of prior years and charted some new directions as well. The League leaders adopted four strategic goals for 2015, suggesting a new focus on the regulatory impacts of state government actions as well as updating the local government revenue structure.

January 2015
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