The small-town feeling of community that many of us experienced
as youngsters has become more elusive. Volunteering gives us a
sense of connectedness and offers multiple benefits.
A new community for formerly homeless veterans with disabilities
comprises 50 apartments, with plans underway to expand the
project, add more housing and provide permanent supportive
The League and stakeholders negotiated a reform package that
balances increased civic outreach with cost mitigation for
To help local officials navigate complex state and federal laws,
ILG recently updated two of its flagship ethics resources.
The measure won’t put the “gut and amend” game out of business,
but it helps California voters, journalists and the democratic
City officials, residents and journalists find this practical
guide to be an invaluable resource.
After the election is over it can be hard to put aside the competitive mindset, move beyond politics and begin working as a cohesive team.
After years of fiscal challenges, the city implemented innovative
programs to boost efficiency and accountability.
During a ballot measure campaign, a critic said, “If you’re going
to try to kill the king, you’d better succeed.”
The League is taking unprecedented steps in response to an
alarming increase in the state’s homeless population.
Cities have a responsibility to work with their county, state and
federal partners to provide the services needed to address this
First and foremost, the relationship between the city council and
the city manager is a partnership that serves the community.
A 6-year-old boy’s rules for his Spy Club provide food for
thought regarding public service.
It takes only one scandal to give the public the impression that
all local elected officials are not to be trusted, and public
perception can be very slow to change. How can we build our…
City officials share the best advice they’ve received on serving in public office.
The State of California houses a treasure trove of extremely
valuable information; the problem is extracting and presenting it
in a way that is meaningful and readily accessible. The Fair…
Engaging the community can inform the budgeting process and help
residents understand the hard choices involved.
A crime-ridden trail spurred unhappy residents into action and
led to a collaborative effort involving a local nonprofit, the
city, school district and multiple agencies.
The city is the first in the nation to have a full-time police
officer position funded by a private company.
A number of “elephants” lurk in city halls statewide.