Jerry Patterson is a past president of the Institute for Local
Government and the 2005 recipient of the League’s Presidents’
Award for longstanding service to California cities. He is a
former member of Congress and former mayor of the City of Santa
Ana. Patterson presently serves on the Coast Community College
District Board of Trustees.
As you work in the trenches of day-to-day service to your
community, you may have wondered: How can I ensure that my
efforts have a lasting impact? Are there ways I can help to
provide a foundation for continued good local government? How
will I be remembered by my community, my colleagues in public
service and my family? What will my legacy be?
Economic development is an investment, not a cost. Both business
and government play important roles in economic development.
Business marshals and mobilizes human, financial, physical and
natural resources to create marketable goods and services that
generate a profit. Government provides infrastructure, incentives
and services that support business, which in turn produces jobs
Dreyer’s Grand Ice Cream recently expanded its Bakersfield
operation, making it the world’s largest ice cream plant. The
$100 million expansion of the Bakersfield Operations Center more
than doubles the size of the facility, from 250,000
square feet to 650,000 square feet. The plant has the
capacity to churn out 70 million gallons of ice cream in addition
to 98 million dozen frozen snacks per year.
Housing and economic development are inextricably connected.
Housing brings construction-related jobs and economic activity,
attracts and retains permanent jobs, and draws retail and
entertainment opportunities. Housing may not be the only factor
in economic development, but it has a powerful influence.
Margaret W. Baumgartner and Rebecca L. Katz are deputy city
attorneys with the San Francisco City Attorney’s Office.
Dogs and humans have lived in close proximity for millennia.
Although historically humans have thought of dogs as “man’s best
friend,” sometimes a dog will unexpectedly kill or severely
injure its owner or another person. Most dog owners, however, do
not realize their pet is capable of killing someone before it