Innovation is alive and well in our counties. Yesterday, I had the honor of presenting at the Tulare County Board of Supervisors meeting, recognizing the county for two outstanding, innovative programs.
The presentation was part of our annual CSAC Challenge Awards road show. Other presentations are on tap: Mono County next Tuesday, Nevada County the following week, followed by Sacramento and Stanislaus Counties. The list goes on. Overall, we will be presenting awards at 11 board meetings over the next two months.
It’s hard to believe that the 119th CSAC Annual Meeting is just 10 weeks away. CSAC staff, though, has been working diligently for the past six months on developing an agenda that will feature a dynamic program of insightful speakers and informative workshops. Our theme this year is “Healthy Counties, Healthy California.” With all 38 million [...]
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.
I had the pleasure of spending a day last week behind the scenes at the State Fair and getting an up-close look at the County Exhibits. Wandering through these exhibits has always been one of my favorite parts of the Fair – even before I joined the CSAC team. And I’m not alone; the displays are a perennial favorite, attracting hundreds of thousands of fairgoers each year.
If you are traveling this long holiday weekend, be prepared for a bumpy ride. California’s highways rank 47th in the nation, according to an annual report released today by the Reason Foundation. In fact, the Golden State has ranked in the bottom 10 every year since 2000.
That comes as no surprise. Back in March, we wrote a blog posting titled “A Jarring Fact: Our Local Streets and Roads are Quickly Deteriorating.” This piece focused on the 2012 California Statewide Local Streets and Roads Needs Assessment Study that concluded the majority of California counties have an average pavement condition rating that is considered “at risk.”