Governor Jerry Brown signed legislation in September 2014
bringing a successful property tax postponement program back to
communities throughout California. Assembly Bill (AB) 2231
California’s local streets and roads network is currently funded
through a variety of sources including the state gas tax, federal
transportation funds, local tax and bond measures, and…
In 10 years it is expected that, without greater investment, 25
percent of local streets and roads will be ranked “poor” —
compared with 6 percent today. The local system will have an…
A senior leadership meeting of city officials from throughout the
state used a dynamic, inclusive goalsetting process that built on
the success of prior years and charted some new directions…
League actions in 2014 included sponsoring and supporting
legislation on infrastructure, economic development and the
redevelopment dissolution process. Other efforts focused on
Taking information that local agencies already have and making it
open to the public reduces in-house costs and builds efficiencies
for both staff and constituents. In the past the public…
With three major municipal bankruptcies in California cities in
recent years, it is clear that the risks of overcommitting a city
to long-term liabilities are not just theoretical — they are…
California’s economy is improving, and local revenues are picking
up. But fiscal challenges remain, especially in the area of
escalating costs. More cities are heading into financial
Organized as a joint powers authority, CalTRUST offers
short-term, medium-term and money market accounts. These accounts
provide easy, safe and reliable options for public agencies.
The process gives residents a voice in spending decisions.
Public sector leaders face a number of challenges related to
The law that established California’s landmark waste hierarchy of
“reduce, reuse and recycle” led to collaborative efforts and the
concept of product stewardship.
Cities are not just the laboratories of democracy; they may well
also be its salvation.
The municipal budget process typically begins in the spring. City
officials and staff can find a wide range of free materials
online to assist in budget creation, financial management and
This article presents an overview of state mandates, reimbursable
mandates and options for cities when mandates are suspended.
The California Arts Council’s new Creative California Communities
(CCC) Program supports innovative projects that harness arts and
culture as a key economic development or arts service strategy…
For the ninth time in the past 10 years, the League has
identified infrastructure investment as one of its top
priorities. You don’t have to look far to understand why.
The California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA) is the primary
state law that requires public agencies and their decision-makers
to understand and evaluate the environmental consequences of