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
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
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
Like many California cities, San Carlos has faced some serious
budgetary challenges in recent years.
High-tech tools are making it possible for cities to issue alerts
in real time to their communities, respond more quickly to
emergencies and maximize scarce resources.
Cities can draw on their own police powers and state laws to
abate problems from drugs and prostitution to graffiti and gangs.
Local officials looking for tools to help them serve their
communities now have access to a variety of new resources.
The California Local Energy Assurance Planning program offers
local governments support in planning for interruptions to energy
Hayward’s Mural Art Program offers an outstanding example of a
local effort that has helped reduce crime, build public-private
partnerships, enhance community pride and save taxpayers’ money.
The California corrections realignment plan is sweeping and
aggressive. Instead of trying to accomplish a decline in prison
population over a gradual period, the California plan is largely
A voluntary statewide certification program for massage
professionals complements local governments’ rules and
Cities and counties throughout California are considering adopting policies and programs to “green” their fleets by purchasing fuel-efficient and alternative-fuel vehicles.