The nuts and bolts of agency decision-making are the subject of
two new Institute for Local Government (ILG)
publications, Getting the Most Out of Public
Hearings and An Ounce of Prevention: Best
Practices in Making Land Use Decisions.
Martha Lennihan works with many cities and other public and
private entities on water and related natural resource law
issues. Her statewide practice reflects more than 20 years of
experience with issues such as surface and ground water, fish and
wildlife, and endangered species laws and institutions. She can
be reached at email@example.com.
During California’s early years, obtaining healthy drinking water
was a challenge. Giant strides in technology and public support
for enhanced drinking water quality largely solved that problem,
and new water quality issues related to runoff took the front
seat. The quantity and reliability of water supply has not been a
dominant concern for most municipalities — until now.
Contact: Bill Cooper, housing project manager, City of Fremont;
phone: (510) 494-4520; e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org.
America’s population of senior citizens is not only increasing
but expected to live longer as well. This trend presents new
opportunities and challenges to providers of affordable housing.
Some seniors are able to move in with relatives or into
age-restricted facilities for care and support. Others cannot,
and as a result become isolated and vulnerable as they grow
older. The City of Fremont has taken a lead role in identifying
housing needs for vulnerable and underserved members of the
community, including deaf seniors, who are approximately 3
percent of Fremont’s population.
Contact: Elena Bolbolian, administrative analyst, City of
Glendale, Neighborhood Services Section; phone: (818) 548-4802;
fax: (818) 240-7239; e-mail: email@example.com.
In 2002, the City of Glendale undertook a demonstration project
to ensure that rental housing in a specific neighborhood met
minimum habitability standards. From 2002 to 2004, inspectors
visited properties with two or more units located in that
neighborhood to educate residents and inspect the premises. Even
though participation was voluntary, 92 percent of the properties
were inspected. As a result of the project, housing standards
improved, and the demand on traditional code enforcement services
The Gaviota Coast in Santa Barbara County constitutes
approximately 15 percent of Southern California’s shoreline but
represents nearly half of its remaining rural coast. This stretch
of the coastline offers unspoiled views, numerous recreation
opportunities and a refuge for wildlife populations that have
been severely reduced or eliminated from much of their former
range. One undeveloped area at the southern gateway to the
Gaviota Coast, a scenic 137-acre property in Goleta known as
Ellwood Mesa, is treasured by residents and visitors for its
beauty and abundant recreational opportunities.
In 2003, Calistoga Affordable Housing (CAH), a new local
nonprofit, proposed to the Calistoga City Council a development
of 18 mutual self-help affordable houses in the heart of
Calistoga near schools, parks and shopping. Self-help affordable
housing projects are unique, requiring a commitment from
each selected family of 30 hours per week to work with the
construction team that builds the houses.