The beginning of each two-year legislative session brings with it
fresh hopes and opportunities as a new group of legislators
enters the Capitol. For local governments, the 2007–08
Legislature is a special class. A full 16 years after the passage
of term limits in 1990, what has long been envisioned is finally
happening: Former local elected officials – most with a city
council background – will constitute a majority in both houses of
Liisa Lawson Stark is a legislative representative for the League. She can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org. Bill Higgins and Genevieve Morelos also contributed to this article. Bill Higgins is a legislative representative for the League and can be reached at email@example.com. Genevieve Morelos is a policy analyst for the League and can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.
As Californians, we are fortunate to live and work in the Golden State. We boast the fifth largest economy in the world and are visited by millions of people each year, who come to experience the unique cultures of our cities and our diverse natural resources. California is “Hollywood,” and we represent what so many others think is the ideal life. The world looks at California as a leader in economic prosperity, employment opportunity and recreational activity for a healthy and well-balanced lifestyle.
The City of Lincoln won an Award of Excellence in the Public
Works, Infrastructure and Transportation category of the 2006
Helen Putnam Award for Excellence program. For more information,
With its population expecting to hit approximately 50,000
residents by 2010, the City of Lincoln’s Department of Public
Works had to address the following concerns:
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,
I am a newly elected official. When I ran for office, I pledged
to support a certain policy I’ll call “X.” After working with
staff at our agency, a resolution to do X is now pending before
our governing body.