Governance, Legislation & Law

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Governance, Legislation & Law

Article President’s Message L. Dennis Michael

Navigating the Ups and Downs of the Council-Manager Relationship

First and foremost, the relationship between the city council and the city manager is a partnership that serves the community.

Article Legal Notes Stephen A. McEwenNicholas E. Hermsen

Preserving Access While Regulating Conduct in Public Libraries

Open library access can lead to dilemmas such as situations involving patrons who bring in excessive amounts of personal belongings and use the library as a temporary shelter.

Menifee’s Youth Advisory Committee Boosts the Community

The committee advises the council and participates in local events.

Article Executive Director's Message Chris McKenzie

The United Cities of California

It is often said that the price of liberty is eternal vigilance. It also appears to be the price of local control.

Article Features

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 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 Legal Notes Bruce Galloway

Maximizing Revenue From City Property With Municipal Leases

A municipal lease transaction should be evaluated for various legal issues.

Article City Forum Eva Spiegel

League Communications Keep Members Connected

The League offers many ways to stay current on the latest legislative activity, advocacy efforts and professional development opportunities.

Article Features

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 City Forum Eva Spiegel

Executive Forum and Advanced Leadership Workshops: Training, Resources and Networking for Mayors and Council Members

Continuing education is essential in every profession. These two conferences are geared to both experienced and recently elected mayors and council members.

Article Legal Notes Karen TiedemannLynn HutchinsRafael Yaquian

What You Need to Know About AB 2 and Community Revitalization Tools

City officials seeking creative ways to finance economic development projects should take a look at the tools provided by AB 2.

Article City Forum Eva Spiegel

Volunteers Needed: Study Examines New Ways to Fund Transportation Infrastructure

A statewide study will examine replacing the outdated gasoline tax with a road user charge.

Article Features Dan Carrigg

New Economic Development Tools Offer Opportunities for Creativity

Three new tools provide a number of promising options.

Article City Forum Cory Golden

Planning Commission Often Leads to City Council

If you want a sneak preview of a city council’s future, a planning commission meeting is a good place to start.

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…

Article Legal Notes Margaret Rosequist

Temporary Directional Signs Lead U.S. Supreme Court to the Strictest First Amendment Scrutiny

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.

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.

Article Executive Director's Message Chris McKenzie

Significant Progress Made on 2015 League Strategic Goals

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….