Western City Article on Controversial Bay-Delta Conservation Plan
New tools are available for local leaders looking for resources
to help their cities meet fiscal challenges and thrive in today’s
In tough economic times expectations remain high for cities to
provide quality public services and facilities, though resources
to fund desired projects are scarce. One strategy for
The state’s goals around reducing greenhouse gas emissions are based on a vision that concentrates growth in urban cores and utilizes transit. To meet these goals, cities must be able to make…
Pavement conditions are deteriorating throughout California, and
while the costs are high for even the most basic repair and
maintenance, the price tag for waiting is far higher, from both
The Sustainable Communities Learning Network links nonprofit,
governmental, private sector and community organizations
statewide. It provides a way to share best practices and seek
While the past few years have presented major challenges for
cities, the events of 2012 included some bright spots as well.
This article presents an overview of the year’s legislative…
Efforts to finance energy-efficiency projects benefit from
thinking ahead about the pros and cons of different options.
A new program gives local governments access to tax-exempt
financing for sustainable energy investments and projects.
Green training programs that focus on youth also contribute to
local economies and job expansion.
As the cost of installing solar photovoltaic systems on agency
facilities has declined over the past few years, local agencies
are considering the benefits. Asking the right questions can help
Cities and counties throughout California are demonstrating
leadership in creating vibrant, healthy communities by adopting
policies and programs that support sustainability.
Local officials looking for tools to help them serve their
communities now have access to a variety of new resources.
A new book reminds us how good leaders seize crises to remake
The California Local Energy Assurance Planning program offers
local governments support in planning for interruptions to energy
The city took an innovative tack in dealing with unpredictable
electricity rates and used a public-private partnership to train
workers for the green energy industry.
The continued expansion in core green industries, such as energy
generation and efficiency, recycling and waste, clean
transportation, water and wastewater, offers cause for guarded
Gonzales offers an excellent model of an economic development
program that focuses on sustainability and builds trust and