Each year we ask a diverse group of about 100 city officials to
tell us which policy envelopes we need to push, which walls we
need to scale and what partnerships we need to build. Bringing…
Although we have millions of acre-feet of empty space behind dams
to capture storm runoff and snowmelt, that space cannot protect
Californians against levee breaks, mudslides or overflowing
Significant positive developments for the League included the
adoption of a new economic development tool for lower-income
communities and the passage of a medical marijuana regulatory
The strategic goal-setting process involves representatives from
all of the League’s policy committees, departments, divisions and
diversity caucuses as well as its entire board of directors….
Ensuring that residents properly dispose of hazardous wastes —
such as pesticides, batteries, needles and pharmaceuticals — from
their homes is an important part of protecting the environment…
A crime-ridden trail spurred unhappy residents into action and
led to a collaborative effort involving a local nonprofit, the
city, school district and multiple agencies.
The City of Winters illustrates the difficulties of deploying
broadband in smaller cities.
Many of the more progressive policies and programs in place today
started as smaller pilot programs.
A number of “elephants” lurk in city halls statewide.
The awards recognize exceptional achievements made by
California’s cities and counties to preserve and protect the
public’s investment in the local street and road system.
How quickly can stormwater utilities be rescued from their
financial straitjacket so they can start helping resolve the
state’s chronic water supply problems?
Just as the Internet and smartphones changed the world, the advent of connected and autonomous vehicles will have a profound impact on our lives and our cities.
Two new tools and positive developments on the legislative front
are welcome news for cities.
All 18 metropolitan planning organizations in California will
have adopted their first Regional Transportation Plans under SB
375 by May 2015. This article looks at what SB 375 has
California’s local streets and roads network is currently funded
through a variety of sources including the state gas tax, federal
transportation funds, local tax and bond measures, and…
The $45 million project, completed five months ahead of schedule
and on budget, was funded by a General Airport Revenue Bond and
passenger facility charges.
An oil boom in North Dakota and Canada from the Bakken shale
formation and a lack of pipeline infrastructure have led to a
dramatic increase in oil-by-rail shipments nationwide. As the
In 10 years it is expected that, without greater investment, 25
percent of local streets and roads will be ranked “poor” —
compared with 6 percent today. The local system will have an…
A senior leadership meeting of city officials from throughout the
state used a dynamic, inclusive goalsetting process that built on
the success of prior years and charted some new directions…