Local elected officials weigh in on current challenges and priorities.
Today multiple bills are pending to recreate tax-increment
financing. It requires vision, persistence and enough public
investment to attract private capital and development that
The Public Employees’ Pension Reform Act of 2013 mandates
uniform, generally lower benefit formulas for all “new members”
of California public agency defined benefit retirement plans.
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…
Cities are increasingly using civil actions rather than criminal
prosecution to curb illegal drug sales within their borders.
Often such actions are taken either under general nuisance laws
How one city overcame significant community resistance.
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…
The Governmental Accounting Standards Board’s release of new
defined benefit pension standards could not have come at a better
time or a worse time, depending on one’s point of view.
As cities implement deeper budget cuts, volunteers are performing
more physically and intellectually demanding functions.
Efforts to finance energy-efficiency projects benefit from
thinking ahead about the pros and cons of different options.
The League made pension reform its top strategic priority in 2012
and succeeded in accomplishing this goal as the legislative
A new program gives local governments access to tax-exempt
financing for sustainable energy investments and projects.
Like many California cities, San Carlos has faced some serious
budgetary challenges in recent years.