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Article City Forum by Eve Maldonado O’Toole

California Cities Lead on Affordable Housing and Homelessness Services

A bipartisan coalition of 26 mayors, CEOs and stakeholders representing nearly 17 million residents intends to ignite a national conversation about the fact that strong housing policy is pro-family, pro-jobs and pro-investment — and helps hardworking people.

Article City Forum by Jill Oviatt

Beyond CERT: Neighbors Network Takes Response to the Next Level

Until a disaster strikes, many communities don’t realize that it may be 72 hours to five days before first responders can reach everyone who needs help. A new program in Yountville helps residents be prepared to assist each other in the initial aftermath of a disaster.

Article City Forum by Perry Stottlemeyer

Practical Tools Help With Financial Reporting Challenges

Tap into resources designed for cities.

Article City Forum by Doug Linkhart

Gauging Your Community’s Capacity to Solve Problems and Thrive

Explore the National Civic League’s Civic Index, a self-assessment tool.

Article City Forum by Katie Pebler

Register Now for the 2019 Annual Conference & Expo
Long Beach Convention Center, Oct. 16–18

Start planning your time at the conference with this overview of the schedule of events.

Article City Forum by Heidi Sanborn and Jordan Wells

Good News for Cities: Producer-Paid Medication and Needle Collection Is Coming

A new law requires a statewide system of drop-off kiosks for unwanted medications and a fully funded mail-back system for sharps. It also includes education, oversight and data tracking mechanisms to ensure successful implementation.

Article City Forum by Steve Brown

The Future City

An array of tech-based tools promises to help optimize operations, connect residents to new information and services, repair infrastructure and reimagine transportation.

Article City Forum by Norman Coppinger

Engage Your Leadership Skills

The League offers city officials and staff numerous professional development and networking options.

Article City Forum by Amanda Cadelago

New Administration, New Legislature: Amplify Your Voice

One of the most powerful ways to make your city’s voice heard happens at the League’s Legislative Action Day, April 24 in Sacramento.

Article City Forum by Melissa Kuehne

Resources for Newly Elected Officials

Serving on the city council requires a basic understanding of diverse city operations and issues such as land use and planning, public safety, disaster response and more.

Article City Forum by Randi Kay Stephens

Transitioning to Districts and Sustaining Effective Governance as a Council

Following the move from at-large to district-based elections, Concord’s city officials and staff wanted to be proactive in establishing governance norms. This article outlines key issues related to the transition and how the city approached them.

Article City Forum by Jennifer Whiting

New to City Government? The League Is Here to Help

Take advantage of many excellent opportunities to learn about your new role and the issues that you may encounter during your time on the council.

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 City Forum by Cindy Silva and David Rabbitt

We Can Outsmart Disaster: Why Local Governments Should Get Involved

A look at how communities can plan for an earthquake and improve resilience.

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 City Forum by Eva Spiegel

Invest in Your City by Participating in League Policy Development

Help shape the statewide policies that directly affect your city.

Article City Forum by Jennifer Whiting

Register Now for the 2018 Annual Conference & Expo
Long Beach Convention Center, Sept. 12–14

Approximately 2,000 elected officials and staff will meet, network and attend sessions designed to educate and inform.

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Article City Forum by Eva Spiegel and Jude Hudson

Relaxation and Inspiration: A Summer Reading List for City Officials and Staff

Western City asked League members which books inspired them as local government leaders, and their recommendations comprise the magazine’s first-ever summer reading list. Whether you’re selecting books to take along on summer vacation or read at home, consider these intriguing titles.

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.