President's Message

Overview

President’s Message

Article President’s Message Bill Bogaard

Cultivating Transparency in Your City

When news is breaking about the abuse of public trust in another city, local elected officials are likely to be asked, “How can we be sure that something similar isn’t happening here?”

Article President’s Message Bill Bogaard

Focusing on Economic Development

In an era of tight economic resources, how can we best promote the economies of our cities and California as a whole?

Article President’s Message Mike Kasperzak

Reflecting on Our Progress and Moving Forward

The League has met the challenges of the past year, and much work remains to be done.

Article President’s Message Mike Kasperzak

Putting Technology to Work

The Internet is no longer a new tool, and many cities are making good use of it. In this era of fiscal austerity, we are all working to do more with less. Cities are using technology to improve…

Article President’s Message Mike Kasperzak

Act Now to Create a Healthier Community

As local officials, we grapple with a lot of challenging issues and tough situations, and we don’t always agree on the best thing to do. But once in a while we come across something that makes…

Article President’s Message Mike Kasperzak

Social Contract Is the Cornerstone of Effective State-Local Relations

Maintaining our social contract with state legislators is easier when we first make an effort to understand their perspective and work style, rather than just expecting them to vote a certain way.

Article President’s Message Mike Kasperzak

Moving Toward “We”

Article President’s Message Mike Kasperzak

Maintaining Our Momentum

Article President’s Message Jim Ridenour

Acknowledging Our Accomplishments

We have made significant progress during a year filled with obstacles and difficulties.

Article President’s Message Jim Ridenour

Fighting to Protect Our Communities’ Economic Health and Quality of Life

The impact of state raids on local funds threatens not only the economy but also the vital community services and residents’ safety and quality of life.

Article President’s Message Robin Lowe

Finding Strength in Shared Values and Diversity

Our shared values of local control and self-determination affect the breadth and depth of our organization’s leadership in every action we take. The policy-making process and procedures we employ…

Article President’s Message Robin Lowe

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…

Article President’s Message Robin Lowe

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,…