Local control, or home rule, provides the foundation for city
governance. This article examines the state’s history and the
Legislature’s tradition of meddling in local affairs.
Cities are not just the laboratories of democracy; they may well
also be its salvation.
What impact does the public’s distrust of government officials
have on how people perceive leadership? Why do some unpopular
leaders later achieve prominence while other more popular
When the leadership of the League gathered in November for the
annual goal-setting meeting, League staff was pleased to report
that the organization had concluded a largely successful 2013…
Artist and speaker Erik Wahl’s performance at the League’s recent annual conference inspired city officials to think creatively about the skills they may have that can be put to work in serving…
Rather than have a national “conversation” about race, President
Obama suggested, in effect, that we have millions of
conversations about it over the next few years.
Gov. Jerry Brown recently observed that in a state that values diversity as much as California, you would think there would be more support for honoring the differences among communities. So what…
Today multiple bills are pending to recreate tax-increment
financing. It requires vision, persistence and enough public
investment to attract private capital and development that
As the economy begins to recover and the state budget shows signs
of stabilizing, the challenges facing California require strong
leadership at all levels. Many of our new state legislators
More than 100 city officials worked together to develop the
League’s strategic goals for 2013, which include building
partnerships, continuing pension reform, expanding community and
The League made pension reform its top strategic priority in 2012
and succeeded in accomplishing this goal as the legislative
The League’s role in advocating for cities has a rich history.