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Jobs and the State’s Inability to Connect the Dots

Jobs and the State’s Inability to Connect the Dots

California’s economy is in the worst shape since the Great Depression, and the state is shutting down its only viable source of economic development.

May 2010
Sunnyvale Dramatically Accelerates Capital Improvement Projects

Sunnyvale Dramatically Accelerates Capital Improvement Projects

Innovative thinking helped Sunnyvale speed the execution of about 30 projects with a total value of $60 million. A winning combination of low bids, grants and a streamlined administrative process have allowed the program to grow from its targeted $60 million in projects to more than $100 million in less than a year.

May 2010
Enough Is Enough! Join the Fight to Save Vital Local Services

Enough Is Enough! Join the Fight to Save Vital Local Services

Ongoing state raids and state borrowing of local revenues continue to jeopardize the services that Californians need most. Borrowing local taxpayer and transportation funds exacerbates budget problems because those borrowed funds have to be repaid with interest-out of taxpayers’ pockets.

April 2010
Keys to Successful Mixed-Use and Infill Development

Keys to Successful Mixed-Use and Infill Development

Cities use a variety of strategies to overcome the challenges associated with mixed-use and infill development.

March 2010
Efficient Transportation: A Snapshot of Local Agency Programs and Policies

Efficient Transportation: A Snapshot of Local Agency Programs and Policies

February 2010
Assessment Shows California’s Local Streets and Roads at Risk Statewide

Assessment Shows California’s Local Streets and Roads at Risk Statewide

February 2010
Cupertino’s New Bridge Is Infrastructure, Art — and Affordable

Cupertino’s New Bridge Is Infrastructure, Art — and Affordable

February 2010
Financing Local Sustainability Efforts

Financing Local Sustainability Efforts

Even in these difficult financial times, local agencies are undertaking a wide range of activities that promote sustainability. Regardless of the reason behind the activities, they have one thing in common – the need to pay for the effort.

November 2009
California Communities STAR Bond Program Offers Cities a Cost-Effective Financing Tool

California Communities STAR Bond Program Offers Cities a Cost-Effective Financing Tool

Through the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act, the federal government is providing a way for cities to issue taxable Build America Bonds and Recovery Zone Economic Development Bonds, which cities can use for capital projects that many be currently under way or planned for the near future.

November 2009
Public Safety Depends on Police, Fire — and More

Public Safety Depends on Police, Fire — and More

City officials are grappling with the challenges of balancing their city budget while preserving the critically important services that are a central component of our quality of life. Clearly, public safety tops the list, but numerous other local services contribute to public safety in a variety of ways that are not always immediately visible.

October 2009