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Public Works & Infrastructure

Article Legal Notes by Jennifer Gore

Dockless Bicycles And Scooters: Responding To New Technology

Few technologies have overtaken cities as quickly as that of dockless bicycles and scooters, and these devices have proved difficult for cities to regulate.

Article Executive Director's Message by Carolyn Coleman

Responding to the Ongoing Threat of Pre-Emption

State legislatures nationwide have become more aggressive in wielding pre-emption to interfere with local democracy. Pre-emption is also alive and well at the federal level.

Porterville Provides Clean, Sustainable Water After Neighbors’ Wells Fail

The East Porterville Water Supply Project offers a model for helping to meet the clean and sustainable drinking water needs of disadvantaged communities.

Article Features by Alison Leary

Courtroom Clashes Seek to Elevate City and Citizens’ Rights Over Telecom Company Profits

Residents and local communities have numerous concerns related to the telecom industry’s efforts to preempt local control.

Article News from the Institute for the Local Government By Kim Danko

Desalination’s Potential for California’s Water Supply

Although less than half a dozen desalination plants currently exist in the state, the idea is gaining momentum and greater support at the state level.

Truckee’s Mini Mousehole Improves Pedestrian and Bicycle Safety

This project solved a major problem, and now people are encouraged to choose alternative forms of transportation.

Article Features by Lynnette Kelly

Learn About California’s Municipal Bonds With EMMA

Lynnette Kelly is president and CEO of the Municipal Securities Rulemaking Board and can be reached at thamlin@msrb.org.

Article City Forum by James Hamill

TRIP Offers Low-Cost Bond Financing for Cities in “Self-Help” Counties

Since 2008, TRIP has helped 16 agencies finance more than $230 million for transportation projects.

Article President’s Message

Meeting the Challenges Ahead for Cities

A report on progress made during the past year and a look at what lies ahead.

Article Executive Director's Message by Carolyn Coleman

November Ballot Measure Attacks Bridge and Road Safety: Mobilize Now

Proposition 6 would repeal the Road Repair and Accountability Act.

Article Features

Local Streets and Roads Awards Showcase Innovation

Cities and counties are using new technology to improve system efficiency and safety for motor vehicle drivers, bicyclists and pedestrians. These projects also reduce greenhouse gas emissions, thus helping to meet statewide goals designed to address climate change. And a safe, well-maintained and environmentally friendly local transportation system saves money over the long term for cities, counties and taxpayers.

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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 Dan Carrigg

Reassembling Redevelopment

The new tax-increment tools lack the concentrated financial impact provided by the former redevelopment tool. Left unaddressed, this financing gap presents significant challenges for the future use of these tools.

Article President’s Message by Rich Garbarino

Pushing Back on Infrastructure Issues: Key to Our Local and State Economies

The League has focused on transportation infrastructure needs for over a decade, and this remains a priority for California cities in 2018.

Article Legal Notes Jimmie Johnson

Lessons for Local Governments About ADA Lawsuits

A recent court decision offers clarification on which standards and regulations apply to which government

Article City Forum Dustin Foster

Toward an Active California: Best Practices for People-Oriented Cities

Cities are working to improve walking, bicycling and transit options. The “All Ages and Abilities” approach uses bikeways that are physically separated from highspeed and high-traffic roadways.

Article Features Gary Lee Moore

Los Angeles Launches a $1.4 Billion Sidewalk Repair Program

The nation’s largest sidewalk repair effort gets underway.

Article Features Karalee Browne

Challenges of Electric Vehicle Infrastructure

Cities are tackling the need for charging infrastructure to power electric vehicles. This article highlights pilot programs, lessons learned and more.

Article City Forum Eva Spiegel

Local Streets and Roads Remain a League Priority in 2018

Cities’ active engagement on transportation issues will be vitally important on several fronts, including documenting road conditions and protecting existing transportation funding.