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Article Features Helene Leckman Leichter

Make Volunteer Programs a Financial Asset, Not a Liability

As cities implement deeper budget cuts, volunteers are performing more physically and intellectually demanding functions.

Article Features Eva Spiegel

New High-Tech Tools Keep Residents Safe, Informed and Engaged

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.

Article Features Lorraine Okabe

Annual Conference Highlights

An overview of upcoming highlights at the League of California Cities 2012 Annual Conference & Expo.

Article Features Kyra Ross

Join a League Policy Committee and Make Your Voice Heard

Policy committees play an integral role in the League’s decision making process and influence on statewide policy affecting cities.

Article Features Jessica Reynolds

League to Launch a New Communications and Outreach Assistance Program

Cities can tap into the opportunity provided by an increased focus on municipal issues.

Article Features Kevin Payne

The Next Generation of Economic Development Tools: Community Development Corporations

Cities throughout California are seeking ways to help create jobs and revitalize neighborhoods.

Article Features Eva Spiegel

10 Questions to Ask Before Installing Solar Power on Agency Facilities

As the cost of installing solar photovoltaic systems on agency facilities has declined over the past few years, local agencies are considering the benefits. Asking the right questions can help make…

Article Features Lorraine Okabe

Annual Conference Preview

A look at the highlights of next month’s conference.

Article Features Pauline Roccucci

Draft Stormwater Permit Draws Cities Together in New Coalition

California city officials were stunned when the State Water Resources Control Board issued a highly prescriptive 93-page draft permit containing a number of stringent, unfunded mandates.

Article Features Lorraine Okabe

Annual Conference Preview

The League of California Cities 2012 Annual Conference & Expo provides a unique opportunity for city officials and staff to learn from policy-makers and experts.

Article Features Julio J. FuentesJoseph Montes

Creating Economic Development at the Local Level

The City of Alhambra took action early this year on an innovative plan to stimulate economic development and identified a range of tools to help finance new projects.

Article Features Gary Gallegos

Trailblazing a Sustainable Path

A new era of transportation planning has dawned in California as metropolitan planning organizations throughout the state work to comply with Senate Bill 375.

Article Features Dan Carrigg

Tips for Building and Maintaining Relationships in a Term-Limited Legislature

City officials should consider changes brought about by term limits.

Article Features Dan Carrigg

2011 Legislative Year in Review

The stage was set for 2011 when California voters approved Proposition 22 by a margin of 61 percent in the November 2010 statewide election. Once Governor Brown proposed to eliminate redevelopment…

Article Features Rod Gould

The League Steps Up on Pension Reform

Pension costs for most California municipalities are likely to increase 25 percent or more in the next three years. If sizable increases in pension costs are not mitigated, many cities will be…

Article Features Ahmos Netanel

Protecting Consumers and Enhancing Public Safety

A voluntary statewide certification program for massage professionals complements local governments’ rules and regulations.