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My Friend the Mayor: A Tale of Two Cities

Two lifelong friends who lead neighboring cities find working together doubles their impact.

Article Features Melissa Kuehne

Cities Collaborate to Help Give Kids a Running Start for School

Using programs ranging from truancy reduction to summer reading, cities are taking unique and collaborative approaches to combat summer learning loss and prepare students of all ages to return to…

Article Features Karalee Browne

California Cities Shine in $5 Million Energy Prize Challenge

Despite the many innovative efficiency measures now in place throughout the country, the United States wastes more than half of all energy produced. Eight California cities are competing for a $5…

Article Features Roberta Childers

Woodland Builds a Healthy Urban Forest, One Tree at a Time

Woodland strives to promote the importance of expanding its tree canopy to provide environmental, economic, health and aesthetic benefits. Because trees help reduce greenhouse gases, the city aims…

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Local Streets and Roads Awards Recognize Best Practices

The annual Outstanding Local Streets and Roads Project Awards Program recognizes projects that promote fiscal and environmental sustainability in the local transportation system and can be…

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On the Record
What’s the most helpful aspect of League membership?

Mayors and council members describe the most helpful aspect of League membership.

Article Features Ahmos Netanel

Collaboration With CAMTC Results in Safer Communities

The California Massage Therapy Council (CAMTC) certifies massage professionals who meet the Massage Therapy Act’s requirements.

Article Features Chris McKenzie

Measuring Progress on Massage Therapy Oversight, Collaboration and Governance

While CAMTC has taken positive steps to increase transparency and accountability, some additional work is still needed.

Article Features Steve Sanders

Sustainability Offers a Path to Prosperity

Sustainable communities are often better able to thrive and become more prosperous; sustainability is not just about the environment.

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On the Record
What’s the most challenging aspect of your work as a city council member?

City officials describe the most challenging aspect of their work on the city council.

Article Features Gary Kendrick

Powerful Local Control Remedy Addresses El Cajon’s Alcohol Nuisance Problems

For years, the City of El Cajon grappled with the impacts of aggressive panhandlers, transients, serial inebriates and illegal alcohol sales to minors.

Article Features Charlotte DicksonKanat Tibet

Complete Parks: New Concept, New Toolkit

Parks play a key role in the fight against childhood obesity and can contribute significantly to cities’ economic prosperity.

Article Features Julia Lave Johnston

Planning for Healthy and Sustainable Cities: National City Offers a Model

National City used a comprehensive planning approach to address community environmental and health concerns.

Article Features Dan Carrigg

New Economic Development Tools Offer Opportunities for Creativity

Three new tools provide a number of promising options.

Article Features Tim Cromartie

Drones: A Growing Hazard in the Absence of Tighter Regulations

The steadily growing use of recreational drones has risen to the level of endangering first-responder aircraft as well as commercial jetliners. New regulations, while helpful, may not go far…

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What advice would you give a newly elected council member?

City officials offer advice to newly elected council members.

Article Features Dan Carrigg

2015 Legislative Year in Review

Significant positive developments for the League included the adoption of a new economic development tool for lower-income communities and the passage of a medical marijuana regulatory bill package.

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On the Record
What’s the best advice you ever received about serving in public office?

City officials share the best advice they’ve received on serving in public office.

Article Features Jodi Remke

Making Campaign Finance and Government More Transparent

The State of California houses a treasure trove of extremely valuable information; the problem is extracting and presenting it in a way that is meaningful and readily accessible. The Fair…

Article Features Robert Leland

Forecasting for an Uncertain Fiscal Future

The lingering revenue effects from the Great Recession, changes to pension contributions, rising retiree medical costs and other factors almost guarantee that the financial future for California…