I started this year with just one goal: To help all of us, as
city leaders, re-energize and put new vigor into our collective
work to improve the quality of life of all Californians. Little
did I know, the year would turn out to be so much more. I learned
valuable lessons that will serve me well beyond this year as
Public agencies are often caught between demands for swift action
to solve or hide homelessness and the reality that sustainable
solutions take time, investment, and political will to bring to
scale. Officials throughout California are finding bold, creative
ways to break this decades-old stalemate.
Many cities hoped that the American Rescue Plan Act would both
help address pandemic-related issues and build an inclusive
future for communities. For the city of Norwalk, this hope is
becoming a reality. Staff focused their efforts on one of the
city’s oldest and most underserved neighborhoods: the One-Ways.
Next month, over 1,800 California city officials will come
together for the League of California Cities Annual Conference
and Expo in Long Beach. The conference offers numerous ways to
learn, collaborate, and connect with like-minded professionals
about top city issues, including housing, infrastructure, organic
waste recycling, and public meetings.
Modesto is home to two regional parks — Tuolumne River Regional
Park and Dry Creek Regional Park. For years, many residents
deemed parts of the parks unkempt or unsafe. Today, thanks
to strategic community partnerships, the parks are becoming a
gateway for outdoor adventure. The renewed interest has also
allowed the city to pursue state and federal funding
aggressively and successfully, creating a profound impact on the
cityscape and its residents.
The Annual Conference and Expo offers multiple ways to earn legal
education credits. These practical, “how-to” sessions provide
training on the most important legal issues for cities, such as
land use, public safety, and public contracts.
Benicia’s pension obligations are projected to reach 28% of its
general fund revenues by 2031. To create better policy responses,
officials are using financial forecasting software to simplify
information and provide real-time projections.