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Article Local Works By Richard Rojas

ARPA funding and tailored public engagement spur neighborhood revitalization in Norwalk

Many cities hoped that the American Rescue Plan Act would both help address pandemic-related issues and build an inclusive future for communities. For the city of Norwalk, this hope is becoming a reality. Staff focused their efforts on one of the city’s oldest and most underserved neighborhoods: the One-Ways.

Article Features By Jennifer Whiting

What to expect at the 2022 Annual Conference and Expo

Next month, over 1,600 California city officials will come together for the League of California Cities Annual Conference and Expo in Long Beach. The conference offers numerous ways to learn, collaborate, and connect with like-minded professionals about top city issues, including housing, infrastructure, organic waste recycling, and public meetings. 

Article California Cities Helen Putnam Award for Excellence By Laurie A. Smith

Buoyed by local partnerships, Modesto is on track to transform once-neglected parks into a regional jewel

Modesto is home to two regional parks — Tuolumne River Regional Park and Dry Creek Regional Park. For years, many residents deemed parts of the parks unkempt or unsafe. Today, thanks to strategic community partnerships, the parks are becoming a gateway for outdoor adventure. The renewed interest has also allowed the city to pursue state and federal funding aggressively and successfully, creating a profound impact on the cityscape and its residents. 

Article President’s Message By League of California Cities President Cindy Silva

Six lessons learned while serving California’s cities

I started this year with just one goal: To help all of us, as city leaders, re-energize and put new vigor into our collective work to improve the quality of life of all Californians. Little did I know, the year would turn out to be so much more. I learned valuable lessons that will serve me well beyond this year as president.

Article Legal Notes By Harveen Gill

Brush up on major land use, public safety, and public works laws at the Annual Conference and Expo

The Annual Conference and Expo offers multiple ways to earn legal education credits. These practical, “how-to” sessions provide training on the most important legal issues for cities, such as land use, public safety, and public contracts.

Article Solutions for Cities By Christen McKay

Benicia leverages forecasting software and federal financing tool to pay down and plan for pension liabilities

Benicia’s pension obligations are projected to reach 28% of its general fund revenues by 2031. To create better policy responses, officials are using financial forecasting software to simplify information and provide real-time projections.

Article Solutions for Cities By Laura Glenn

Cal Cities endorses new investment pool for public agencies

California CLASS provides an investment option for daily liquidity and strategic reserve investments that prioritizes safety, liquidity, and yield, as well as transparency and diversification. 

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