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Another Voice: Fund Election Mandates to Ensure Fair Elections Statewide

During the budget process the Legislature, famous for passing the buck—or the bill in this case—reviews mandates it has placed on local agencies. By law, Sacramento is required to fund any mandate it imposes on local agencies but when the state’s coffers run dry the Legislature routinely suspends or repeals specific mandates and uses the money for something else. The state currently owes about $1.8 billion to local governments for state mandated programs.

This is not fair to local governments which are then are left with some tough choices. Do they suspend programs on which constituents have come to rely or just cobble together some dollars and run the program on a string?

Sustainability Resources That Inform, So You Can Be Informed

We’ve all experienced this challenge.  It’s late in the day and you’ve just been asked to speak in two days at a regional meeting about youth and green jobs. Or, an item dealing with options for financing energy efficiency improvements in county buildings is on next week’s agenda and you want to be prepared to [...]

Another Voice: Humboldt County Lets Transition-Age Foster Youth Do the Talking

What makes an excellent system of care for transition-age foster youth? Humboldt County believes there are no better experts than the youth themselves.

In 2008, the Humboldt County Transition Age Youth Collaboration (HCTACY) was launched in partnership with the Humboldt County Department of Health and Human Services, the Y.O.U.T.H. Training Project, California Youth Connection, and Youth In Mind. The goal of this initiative is to build an effective, responsive, and youth-informed system of care for transition-age foster youth.

Another Voice: Strategic Reentry Plan Puts Contra Costa Ahead of the Eight Ball

The U.S. Supreme Court yesterday (May 23) upheld a federal court decision that mandated the release of up to 40,000 inmates from the California prison system. Fortunately, we’ve been working on this issue for almost two years. We have a strategic reentry plan for the county and are in the midst of seeking grants to fund [...]

Another Voice: Leadership, Flexibility, Incentives Key to Realignment

Government hates to give up control. It isn’t good at it. But sometimes it is necessary. This is one of those times.

Gov. Jerry Brown’s budget proposal makes the case for realignment, the restructuring of state-local relationships that, in this case, redirects responsibility and resources for government programs from the state to the counties.