Local control, or home rule, provides the foundation for city
governance. This article examines the state’s history and the
Legislature’s tradition of meddling in local affairs.
The 2014 League of California Cities Annual Conference & Expo
includes many new features and opportunities.
The Beacon Award program, a catalyst for innovative and effective solutions, addresses climate change at the local level and informs the community about these activities.
San Rafael has focused on sustainable land use by preserving open
space, encouraging mixed-use infill development and adopting
green building requirements. Now its community is actively
The law that established California’s landmark waste hierarchy of
“reduce, reuse and recycle” led to collaborative efforts and the
concept of product stewardship.
A public project demonstrates sustainable stormwater management
practices and offers an educational, inviting space.