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August 2013

California Counties’ Voice is Being Heard in the Capitol

Each year, Capitol Weekly, a well-read publication that covers California state government and politics, unveils a list of the top 100 most influential non-elected political leaders. I was pleased to learn that I am ranked No. 45 in the 2013 list released last night. But making this list isn’t about me; it’s a result of the influential and successful work undertaken by our Association, as well as a reflection of the critical and complex issues we have dealt with the past few years.

New and Free(!) Resource for Counties on Ethics Laws

When it comes to California’s ethics laws, it can be a love-hate relationship for local officials. County officials appreciate the boundaries and accountability the laws create for those in public service for the wrong reasons. Understanding the ever-changing nature of these laws for the well-intended county official, however, can be a challenge.

To help, the CSAC’s research affiliate, the Institute for Local Government, has just released an updated version of its publication, Understanding the Basics of Public Service Ethics. This resource is available for free as a downloadable e-book at www.ca-ilg.org/EthicsLaws.

Advancing Alternatives to Landfills

I’m sure you’ve heard the old saying “waste not want not” and it’s more true today than ever. In fact, these days, even ordinary garbage is too valuable to waste. Or maybe more accurately, simply putting it in a landfill is really too wasteful to be sustainable. Over the past several years, CSAC has been [...]

Farmland Protection Gets Much-needed Attention at Napa Conference

Of all the issues facing California, farmland conservation doesn’t get a lot of attention. But when you consider the implications for our food supply and the environment in general, maybe it should be a little higher on the priority list. I’m happy to report there are several groups of people who agree.

Last week, I had the opportunity to attend a one-day conference co-sponsored by the American Farmland Trust and the Napa County Farm Bureau in Napa, titled “California Farmland Protection: Reality or Wishful Thinking?

Institute for Local Government — A “Go-To Resource” for Local Officials

Over the past decade, CSAC has been constantly looking for ways to enhance the services we provide our members. One addition has been the relationship we have developed with the Institute for Local Government (ILG), which has been a valuable resource for local government officials for more than a half century.

Simply put, the Institute for Local Government is the research affiliate of both CSAC and the League of California Cities – and it is not to be confused with CSAC’s own Institute for Excellence in County Government, which provides continuing education to county officials.