How cities are taking advantage of local talent to showcase their
community’s unique personality and stimulate economic activity in
In November 2012 the Legislature welcomed 39 new members, the
largest freshman class since 1966. In the Assembly, 69 percent
have local government experience.
State policies for achieving sustainability have staked much on
the success of cities. Yet the state’s recent actions signal a
lack of appreciation for the vital function cities serve as
In tough economic times expectations remain high for cities to
provide quality public services and facilities, though resources
to fund desired projects are scarce. One strategy for
While the past few years have presented major challenges for
cities, the events of 2012 included some bright spots as well.
This article presents an overview of the year’s legislative…
The Governmental Accounting Standards Board’s release of new
defined benefit pension standards could not have come at a better
time or a worse time, depending on one’s point of view.
As cities implement deeper budget cuts, volunteers are performing
more physically and intellectually demanding functions.
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.
An overview of upcoming highlights at the League of California
Cities 2012 Annual Conference & Expo.
Policy committees play an integral role in the League’s decision
making process and influence on statewide policy affecting
Cities can tap into the opportunity provided by an increased
focus on municipal issues.
Cities throughout California are seeking ways to help create jobs
and revitalize neighborhoods.
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
A look at the highlights of next month’s conference.
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.
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.