Community Services

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Community Services

Article City Forum by Doug Linkhart

Gauging Your Community’s Capacity to Solve Problems and Thrive

Explore the National Civic League’s Civic Index, a self-assessment tool.

Article Features by Charlotte Dickson

Villages and Resilient, Age-Friendly Cities

Villages build connections, support and social capital among older adults.

Article Features by Andrew Powers

Resiliency Wins: Our Community’s Response to Two Tragedies

How Thousand Oaks coped with a mass shooting and two major wildfires in a single day.

Article Features by Nina Alcaraz

Supporting Our Future: Early Childhood Policies in General Plans

Investing in early childhood helps create safe and healthy communities. Learn how one city customized its Health and Wellness Element to meet its residents’ unique needs.

Article News from the Institute for the Local Government by Randi Kay Stephens

Sparking a Student’s Lifelong Interest in Local Government

The recently revised Picture Yourself in Local Government curriculum is now available at no charge for local agencies to use with students of all ages.

Article President’s Message by Jan Arbuckle

Focusing on Youth and a Vibrant Future

Our young residents play a critically important part in the future of our cities — they are tomorrow’s leaders, workers and innovators. Cities statewide are engaging youth in numerous ways.

Fresno Youth Commission Addresses Key Issues

This program shows the value of youth as a community and policy resource.

Article Features by Barrie Hathaway and Larry Moody

Peninsula Division Explores Ways to Build Workforce Readiness

Businesses are struggling to find the talent they need.

Rancho Cucamonga Focuses on Community’s Mental Health Needs

An untreated mental health condition can have fatal consequences and a devastating impact on the community.

Article Features by Hafsa Kaka

Santa Ana Establishes 200-Bed Interim Homeless Shelter in 28 Days

A public-private partnership and the community mobilized in response to rapidly increasing homelessness.

Article Legal Notes by Jennifer Gore

Dockless Bicycles and Scooters: Responding to New Technology

Few technologies have overtaken cities as quickly as that of dockless bicycles and scooters, and these devices have proved difficult for cities to regulate.

Article News from the Institute for the Local Government by Hanna Stelmakhovych

Preparing for the 2020 Census: What Cities Need to Know

The census drives important funding for city programs. California cities can play an active role in helping to make the 2020 census fair and accurate.

Garden Grove Empowers Residents and Improves a Neighborhood

Communicating with residents was key to developing solutions.

Patterson’s HOST House Tackles Homelessness

The city financed a transitional residence for its homeless population.

Porterville Provides Clean, Sustainable Water After Neighbors’ Wells Fail

The East Porterville Water Supply Project offers a model for helping to meet the clean and sustainable drinking water needs of disadvantaged communities.

Article Features by Karalee Browne

Public Safety and Wildfire Resilience

Making wildfire resilience a priority helps cities ensure their communities are safe and prosperous for generations to come.

Article City Forum by Cindy Silva and David Rabbitt

We Can Outsmart Disaster: Why Local Governments Should Get Involved

A look at how communities can plan for an earthquake and improve resilience.

Article Features by Shaun M. Anderson

Creating a Collaborative Community Development Initiative

Using sports for community development initiatives holds promise for cities.

Junior Beach Runners Focus on Fitness in Long Beach

The city is changing the lives of local youth at risk for obesity.