Public trust is a responsibility that should not be taken
lightly. Just as our residents count on us to deliver services,
they trust us to govern in a way that considers their best
interests and improves their communities. At the core of this
responsibility is advocating for our communities.
Alameda was the first Bay Area city to have its 2023-31 housing
element certified by the state. How did a city that had
restrictive and discriminatory land use regulations change its
tune? For starters, it had a two-year conversation with the
community about equity and housing.
Some local agencies are considering making remote or hybrid
meetings the new normal and recent changes to the Brown Act —
including AB 2449 (Rubio, Blanca, 2022) — have given cities a new
way to conduct hybrid meetings. However, this law has several
restrictions and raises a host of administrative questions.
In the U.S., public trust is tied not just to good governance and
public outreach, but also historical issues of racism. To create
change and increase trust, we need to change the structure of our
Around 80% of Stanislaus County’s homeless population lives in
Modesto. City leaders know what services to provide. However,
coordinating those services was difficult without good data.
Inaccurate data can slow down services and drive up costs.
The public trust doctrine was once limited to the management of
shores, navigable waterways, and submerged lands. It once
operated more as a background principle in California, but a 2018
legal decision has expanded the doctrine and opened the door to
Fentanyl is behind an alarming spike in drug overdose deaths.
While more can be done at the state and federal levels to end
this tragedy, cities have at least one tool at their disposal to
help reduce the number of overdose deaths: naloxone.