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.
The new federal landscape will require innovative leadership from
city officials and other civic leaders.
Hackers generally hit the easiest targets first. Such an attack may be financially based rather than an attempt to cause mayhem in your city. Risk can be mitigated in many ways, but one of the…
Timing is a critical element when you’re dealing with the
legislative process, and this new tool helps city officials
respond to calls for action.
Cities have regulated taxis for decades for legitimate reasons
related to local public safety and consumer protection. Now ride
sharing services present a new set of challenges.
Two new tools and positive developments on the legislative front
are welcome news for cities.