Keep California Beautiful (KCB), an affiliate of Keep America
Beautiful, is a nonprofit environmental organization established
in 1990. KCB’s goals are to promote litter prevention, recycling
and beautification by developing public-private partnerships at
the state level as a way to provide necessary resources to local
The League of California Cities
109th Annual Conference
Sept. 5-8, 2007
Sacramento Convention Center
Tracy Petrillo is director of education and conferences for the
League and can be reached at <firstname.lastname@example.org>.
Attend the upcoming annual conference and be part of League
history in the making! This conference is the only event that
brings together city officials, city staff, dignitaries,
policy-makers, subject matter experts, and private and public
sector leaders from throughout California. Filled with workshops
and learning opportunities, policy development meetings,
networking events and the Expo showcase of municipal products and
services, the annual conference is packed with extraordinary
Michael Peevey is president of the California Public Utilities
As part of Governor Schwarzenegger’s California Solar
Initiative (CSI), the state has set a goal to create 3,000
megawatts of new, solar-produced electricity by 2017 — moving
the state toward a cleaner energy future and helping to lower the
cost of solar photovoltaic systems for consumers. The program’s
goal is to help build a self-sustaining photovoltaic market.
Kit Cole is director of external affairs and sustainability
initiatives for Waste Management and can be reached at
Brown is director of environmental affairs for Safeway and can be
reached at <Jeff.Brown@safeway.com>.
Business leaders are embracing policies and practices designed to
reduce green house gases, and many of these efforts can easily be
replicated in city operations. Some of these practices are
Steve Sanders is program director for the California Climate
Action Network program of the Institute for Local Government. He
can be reached at <email@example.com>.
Global warming poses a real threat to California and the rest of
the planet. Local communities can implement the following
strategies to reduce carbon emissions and combat global warming,
both in their own operations and throughout the community. In
most cases, these strategies not only help the environment but
save money and make great economic sense as well.
Mark Leary is executive director of the California Integrated
Waste Management Board.
The Golden State is becoming much greener. Government offices
throughout the state are finding it easier to buy green products,
thanks to the efforts of the California Environmentally
Preferable Purchasing (EPP) Task Force, a collaborative effort
led by the California Integrated Waste Management Board and state
Department of General Services, along with 20 other state
Climate change is receiving unprecedented attention at local,
state, national and worldwide levels, and the State of California
is at the forefront of innovative action to slow the emissions of
greenhouse gases. In response to the intense interest in these
and related environmental topics, Western City is
devoting a section of its July and August issues to climate
change. These articles examine how cities can help reduce carbon
emissions and slow the impact of global warming by taking action,
such as investing in energy efficiency, engaging in sustainable
planning, and adopting green purchasing programs and
The City of Santa Barbara won an Award for Excellence in the
Public Works, Infrastructure and Transportation category of the
2006 Helen Putnam Award for Excellence program. For more
information, visit www.cacities.org/helenputnam.
This column is a service of the Institute for Local Government
(ILG) Ethics Project, which offers resources for local officials
on public service ethics. For more information,
visit www.ca-ilg.org/trust. ILG is
grateful for the input of Martin J. Mayer, attorney, Jones &
Mayer law firm, on this article.
I’m a newly appointed police chief, and I’m getting requests for
law enforcement-type badges from our newly elected officials,
which I find perplexing.
Gary A. Patton is the executive director of the Planning and
Conservation League, a statewide organization that has been
working on land use and environmental issues in the California
Legislature for more than 40 years. From 1975-95 Patton served as
a member of the Santa Cruz County Board of Supervisors. He is the
author of that county’s successful growth management program. He
can be reached at <firstname.lastname@example.org>. For more about the
Planning and Conservation League, visit www.pcl.org .
The California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA) makes it a legal
requirement for local governments to study the impacts of any
proposed action before they make growth-related decisions. In
recent years, state legislation has emphasized that local
governments must fully explore water supply issues in connection
with their development-related decisions (see Government Code
Lester Snow is director of the state Department of Water
Resources (DWR). For more about DWR, visit www.water.ca.gov .
A clean and reliable water supply fuels California’s economy,
landscape and population. The Golden State is the nation’s top
exporter of computers, electronic products and food. With more
than 36 million people, California is also the most populous
state in the nation. Redwood forests, sandy beaches, wild rivers,
mountains and deserts make up the state’s landscape, and this
diverse natural environment is home to many endangered species.