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 [...]
How does innovation occur in local government? What can local officials interested in seeing their agencies engage in innovation do to support innovation? The Institute for Local Government (ILG) board of directors considered these topics at its spring meeting. A recent report by the New America Foundation’s California Civic Innovation Project provided the basis for [...]
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.