California’s energy utilities and state agencies offer rebates, zero-interest loans, grants and other types of financing incentives to cities, residents and businesses.
Natural gas offers ways to increase efficiency and save money.
California cities and counties are increasingly finding that investing today in energy efficiency, sustainability and reducing greenhouse gas emissions has both immediate and longer-term benefits.
The Delta supplies a large share of the water used in Southern
California and other parts of the state. A new plan proposes
dramatic changes to how water is moved from the Delta.
Western City Article on Controversial Bay-Delta Conservation Plan
Most people are generally unaware of what lies beneath the
streets they travel on each day. Understanding the sub-surface
infrastructure is an important local government consideration.
The app provides a way to report a wide range of issues,
including potholes, vandalism, water leaks and more, directly to
Today multiple bills are pending to recreate tax-increment
financing. It requires vision, persistence and enough public
investment to attract private capital and development that
In tough economic times expectations remain high for cities to
provide quality public services and facilities, though resources
to fund desired projects are scarce. One strategy for
The state’s goals around reducing greenhouse gas emissions are based on a vision that concentrates growth in urban cores and utilizes transit. To meet these goals, cities must be able to make…
Pavement conditions are deteriorating throughout California, and
while the costs are high for even the most basic repair and
maintenance, the price tag for waiting is far higher, from both
How one city overcame significant community resistance.
While the past few years have presented major challenges for
cities, the events of 2012 included some bright spots as well.
This article presents an overview of the year’s legislative…
In an era of tight economic resources, how can we best promote
the economies of our cities and California as a whole?
Cities throughout California are seeking ways to help create jobs
and revitalize neighborhoods.
California city officials were stunned when the State Water
Resources Control Board issued a highly prescriptive 93-page
draft permit containing a number of stringent, unfunded mandates.
Hayward’s Mural Art Program offers an outstanding example of a
local effort that has helped reduce crime, build public-private
partnerships, enhance community pride and save taxpayers’ money.
Cities and other public entities are generally required to put
significant contracts out for competitive bidding and to award
the contract to the lowest responsible bidder. Sometimes a