Many have called this year “unprecedented,” but even that does not seem to capture the unequaled disruption that 2020 wrought upon us all, the California State Legislature included. The the normal legislative calendar was constricted and fierce debates took place over how to legislate during a pandemic. In the end, the number of bills sent to the Governor’s desk for his signature was a mere fraction of what the Legislature typically passes in a year.
In December 2020, city leaders who serve in leadership positions
for the League of California Cities divisions, departments,
policy committees, and diversity caucuses convened virtually for
the annual League Leaders program, to chart the organization’s
priorities for 2021. Developing member-driven and -informed
strategic advocacy priorities is key to the effectiveness of Cal
Cities’ advocacy efforts on behalf of cities.
Through their many years of service in local government these outgoing mayors and council members have sage advice about how to be an effective city leader and wise words for new mayors and council members as they embark on their journey to lead their city forward.
Through Santa Clarita’s College Internship Program interns get a
taste of work life after completing their degree and gain
exposure to key aspects of local government. The city benefits
because it develops the next generation of public sector
employees and provides professional development opportunities for
current employees. Santa Clarita’s succession planning strategy
has proven to be a success and can serve as a model for other
cities as they work to develop future city employees and
Each year, ILG provides a wide range of trainings and resources
for local government leaders to help them build and maintain a
solid foundation of good governance. Understanding ethical
conduct is critical for any local leader and core to a
well-functioning government. ILG helps local officials comply
with state-mandated ethics requirements and offers numerous
training sessions each year.