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
Every year, thousands of visitors flock to Legacy Park, which was
designed to showcase six regionally significant habitats,
including the coastal prairie, woodlands, coastal bluffs,
California’s energy utilities and state agencies offer rebates, zero-interest loans, grants and other types of financing incentives to cities, residents and businesses.
Efforts to achieve greater energy efficiency in commercial and
industrial buildings are often hampered by substantial upfront
costs. To help local businesses overcome these cost barriers,…
The city did something dramatically different with its budget
report to capture the community’s attention about a looming
Two new elements required for government financial statements may
seem complicated at first glance, but will improve the accuracy
of reporting by including future commitments.
Many cities are experiencing very painful financial difficulties. Elected city officials grapple with budget challenges nearly every day. But cities are using a number of innovative approaches to…
With numerous mandates coming from the state Capitol, ensuring
that your city is compliant can be a daunting task for even the
most seasoned city official.
Tips for public agency employees on travel, expense reimbursement
and credit card usage.
Local agencies are using historic preservation to promote
Many agencies are finding their spending decisions under increasing scrutiny.
Local elected officials weigh in on current challenges and priorities.
Today multiple bills are pending to recreate tax-increment
financing. It requires vision, persistence and enough public
investment to attract private capital and development that
The Public Employees’ Pension Reform Act of 2013 mandates
uniform, generally lower benefit formulas for all “new members”
of California public agency defined benefit retirement plans.
In tough economic times expectations remain high for cities to
provide quality public services and facilities, though resources
to fund desired projects are scarce. One strategy for