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Article City Forum by Norman Coppinger

Engage Your Leadership Skills

The League offers city officials and staff numerous professional development and networking options.

Article News from the Institute for the Local Government by Hanna Stelmakhovych

Preparing for the 2020 Census: What Cities Need to Know

The census drives important funding for city programs. California cities can play an active role in helping to make the 2020 census fair and accurate.

Rancho Cucamonga Focuses on Community’s Mental Health Needs

An untreated mental health condition can have fatal consequences and a devastating impact on the community.

Article Features by Melissa Kuehne

Accessory Dwelling Units Help Increase Housing Supply

Accessory dwelling units, also known as granny flats, provide a lower-cost option than traditional market-rate construction to increase the housing supply in existing residential neighborhoods.

Patterson’s HOST House Tackles Homelessness

The city financed a transitional residence for its homeless population.

Garden Grove Empowers Residents and Improves a Neighborhood

Communicating with residents was key to developing solutions.

Article News from the Institute for the Local Government By Kim Danko

Desalination’s Potential for California’s Water Supply

Although less than half a dozen desalination plants currently exist in the state, the idea is gaining momentum and greater support at the state level.

Article City Forum by Melissa Kuehne

Resources for Newly Elected Officials

Serving on the city council requires a basic understanding of diverse city operations and issues such as land use and planning, public safety, disaster response and more.

Truckee’s Mini Mousehole Improves Pedestrian and Bicycle Safety

This project solved a major problem, and now people are encouraged to choose alternative forms of transportation.

Article City Forum by Randi Kay Stephens

Transitioning to Districts and Sustaining Effective Governance as a Council

Following the move from at-large to district-based elections, Concord’s city officials and staff wanted to be proactive in establishing governance norms. This article outlines key issues related to the transition and how the city approached them.

Article Features by Melissa Kuehne

City Use of Social Media: Legal & Other Considerations

Little legal precedent exists related to what cities can and cannot do on social media. However, when making decisions about how to engage on social media, cities should consider a number of legal and practical issues.

Article City Forum by Jennifer Whiting

New to City Government? The League Is Here to Help

Take advantage of many excellent opportunities to learn about your new role and the issues that you may encounter during your time on the council.

Article News from the Institute for the Local Government by Melissa Kuehne

Tools to Engage Your Community in the Budgeting Process

Sharing the city’s budget information with the community helps residents understand constraints and develop informed opinions on how limited financial resources should be allocated.

Article City Forum by James Hamill

TRIP Offers Low-Cost Bond Financing for Cities in “Self-Help” Counties

Since 2008, TRIP has helped 16 agencies finance more than $230 million for transportation projects.

Article Features by Eva Spiegel

Perspectives on City Management From ICMA President-Elect Karen Pinkos

El Cerrito Assistant City Manager Karen Pinkos will have an opportunity to shape both policy and the future of the city management profession.