Fixing annexations would restore previous incentives that support
state policies advocating for compact growth and the related
benefits of consolidating services for an increasing population.
An inclusive and interactive gathering of highly engaged city
leaders from throughout the state ensures that the League’s
highest priorities reflect the common interests of California
An unusual emergency services agreement yielded significant
benefits when disaster struck.
California’s new housing laws create additional requirements and
new compliance rules for cities.
The League offers a range of professional development sessions
featuring current research, model programs and best practices.
Fifteen bills made it into the “Housing Package” that Gov. Jerry
Brown signed, which includes the League’s “Blueprint for More
This voluntary program recognizes elected officials for
continuing their education to enhance their knowledge and skills
and for undertaking leadership roles to better serve the public.
Prevailing wage laws have changed again. Because prevailing wage
requirements apply to all public works contracts over $1,000,
these new requirements will apply to the vast majority of
When making decisions or taking action, the savvy local official
embraces the notion that the law creates a floor for ethical
behavior — not a ceiling. In other words, just because a
Public involvement in city budgeting increases financial
transparency and promotes greater trust.
Obstacles to city incorporation should be removed to give
communities the same option for self-government that existing
Working with unregistered or unqualified financial professionals
puts a city at risk.
Diversity enriches California’s culture and economy and also plays a critically important role in the League.
The decision is an important reminder for cities that the
creation of Mello-Roos Community Facilities Districts may be a
potential tool to supplement funds needed to provide services to
Increasing pension costs could push cities already in financial
distress closer to the brink of bankruptcy.
We have achieved important victories on behalf of cities this
year on our strategic goals and in other areas.
A partnership of the League and the FPPC can provide numerous
resources to support community dialogue about transparency.
An unexpected event requires careful, strong management and
teamwork in the face of extreme pressure.