The conversation about innovation at the local level continues! As we reported on this blog last year, the Institute for Local Government’s board of directors has been pondering what supports and what dissuades innovation at the local level. A key disincentive to innovation is the unforgiving attitude both the media and the public can have [...]
‘Tis the season of roses, chocolates and love. CSAC’s research affiliate, the Institute for Local Government, is looking at such issues in a decidedly unromantic way on local officials’ behalf. In a recent piece entitled “Looking for Love in All the Wrong Places,” the Institute looks at the downside risks of elected official/staff romances. The [...]
Congratulations, San Diego and Sonoma counties! At the CSAC Annual Conference yesterday, both counties were honored for their sustainability achievements. Each received Beacon Spotlight Awards for their leadership to save energy and reduce greenhouse emissions. Their efforts demonstrate the effectiveness of voluntary action at the local level.
It’s “Thankful November” (#thankfulnovember) season on social media. The notion is to take time during this season of Thanksgiving to reflect on the various blessings in one’s life. At the Institute for Local Government, we are thankful for our local democratic institutions, through which communities pool resources and energies to provide necessary services and facilities [...]
Research issued this year showed that more than 75 percent of county leaders in California believe that their public meetings are dominated by people with narrow agendas. Most of those surveyed confirmed that they want to have broader participation in such meetings. Yet many indicated difficulties engaging people beyond “the usual participants” — especially when [...]