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
Following a recent U.S. Supreme Court ruling, California cities
should ensure that their sign codes comply with the court’s
strict approach to defining content neutrality.
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
The strategic goal-setting process involves representatives from
all of the League’s policy committees, departments, divisions and
diversity caucuses as well as its entire board of directors….
Ensuring that residents properly dispose of hazardous wastes —
such as pesticides, batteries, needles and pharmaceuticals — from
their homes is an important part of protecting the environment…
It takes only one scandal to give the public the impression that
all local elected officials are not to be trusted, and public
perception can be very slow to change. How can we build our…
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…
City officials share the best advice they’ve received on serving in public office.
When a city and a recognized employee organization are unable to
reach agreement on matters within the scope of bargaining, an
impasse occurs. In addition to any other resolution process
California finally has a strong regulatory framework that upholds
local control, protects public safety and enhances patient
safety. League staff and legal counsel are participating in…
Ride-sharing and home-sharing services are affecting cities in a
variety of ways. Seven California cities report their
The California Supreme Court in June 2015 issued one of its most
important and city-friendly decisions in many years, reaffirming
the breadth of cities’ power to address the affordable housing…
The City of Winters illustrates the difficulties of deploying
broadband in smaller cities.
The Latino Caucus was the first diversity caucus established
within the League.
A number of “elephants” lurk in city halls statewide.
Young people help inform and shape policies that improve healthy
eating and active living.
Dreamers see the possibilities that others are intimidated by or
cannot envision, and they frequently are told they will
The reluctance of banks to offer services is bad news for
marijuana businesses and agencies that seek to accommodate them.
Online hosting platforms make it easy to rent a home or room for short periods of time. Cities’ traditional regulatory tools allow communities to address short-term rentals and their potential…
The Sustainable Groundwater Management Act establishes a new
structure for managing California’s groundwater and gives new
authority to local agencies.