Public Trust & Ethics

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Public Trust & Ethics

Article City Forum

Ballot Measure Activities and Use of Public Resources: What You Need to Know

Public agencies and officials face important restrictions related to ballot measure activities.

Article Legal Notes by T. Peter Pierce

Loaded Questions: Local Regulation of Businesses Selling Firearms

A look at local zoning and safety regulations that cities may adopt and apply to firearms retailers.

Youths DARE to Pay It Forward in Tracy

High school students serve as mentors for younger students.

Article Features

Before, During and After California Wildland Fires: The New Normal

Lessons from one of the worst fire years in California history.

Article Features by Frank Benest

Winning the War for Talent: The Elected Official’s Role

Talent is mobile and in short supply.

Article Features by Jared Boigon

Keys to Successful Local Sales Tax Measures: Competent Leadership, Community Engagement and Experienced Advice

Tips to make your case to voters effectively.

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Article Executive Director's Message by Carolyn Coleman

Transportation Funding, Transparency and Accountability

The League offers a variety of new tools and resources to support cities’ transparency efforts.

Article Features by Wade McKinney

Why We Need Diversity in City Management

Promoting diversity at City Hall is a key strategy for ensuring equitable public service.

Article City Forum by Melissa Kuehne

Task Force Report Helps Cities Address Homelessness

As national and state programs fall short of fully addressing this issue, California’s cities and counties are focusing on collaboration, cooperation and support at the local level to tackle homelessness.

Article Executive Director's Message Carolyn Coleman

Fighting Homelessness: Effective Strategies

A new report from the League and its partners showcases existing and emerging approaches that are having a positive impact on homelessness in California communities.

Los Amigos Park Grants Residents’ Wishes in Rancho Cucamonga

The community and city collaborated to build a much-needed park.

Article News from the Institute for the Local Government Madeline Henry

A Guide to Practical Public Engagement for Local Government

The TIERS Framework and Learning Lab support the use of deliberative planning to better engage the public.

Article President’s Message Rich Garbarino

Amplify Your Community’s Voice by Fostering Future Leaders

California cities use a variety of methods, including citizens’ academies and similar programs, to engage residents in civic life and give them a voice.

Article Features Tom Tait

Embracing Kindness to Build Stronger Communities

Kindness is about culture; it is a way of thinking and acting. The ability to foster community resiliency is one of the most important benefits of promoting kindness.

Article City Forum Eva Spiegel

Torch Program Recognizes Leadership in Action and Continued Education

This voluntary program recognizes elected officials for continuing their education to enhance their knowledge and skills and for undertaking leadership roles to better serve the public.

Article Web Exclusive Melissa Kuehne

Tips for Effective Governance

Article Executive Director's Message Carolyn Coleman

Taking Proactive Steps to Avoid Scandal

When making decisions or taking action, the savvy local official embraces the notion that the law creates a floor for ethical behavior — not a ceiling. In other words, just because a particular…