‘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 article is available to local officials from the Institute’s website at www.ca-ilg.org/AgencyRomances
The Secretary of State just released the official list of parties that are qualified for this June’s statewide primary. No surprises here, although we might be forgiven for sometimes forgetting that 1 in 16 California voters is registered with a party whose name doesn’t start with a D or an R (specifically, an L, a P, a G, or
There is some rain due in Northern California this week, and while it will be a welcome end to a record-breaking streak of winter days with no precipitation, it will not mean an end to the drought. After two previous dry years, and the extremely dry winter we’ve had so far, rivers and reservoirs are at roughly half of where they should be this time of year. The “snow pack”… Continue reading
There’s an old saying in politics that if you don’t have a seat at the table, you’ll end up on the menu. I think the meaning there is pretty clear: If you aren’t part of the process, the process will eat you up. And so today, when the California Capitol is already steeped in political theater with the Governor’s State of the State Address, I have to shake my head… Continue reading
How does your county compare to counties in the rest of California, or the nation, in terms of the economic recovery?”
That question is answered in an interesting and comprehensive analysis released today by the National Association of Counties (NACo) that examines the performance of all 3,069 county economies. The report is titled “County Tracker 2013: On the Path to Recovery.” NACo’s conclusion: As our county economies go, so goes the nation’s economy. Continue reading