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 this discussion. A six-month study based on surveys and interviews with city managers… Continue reading
While the California Legislature was feverishly working last week to pass last- minute bills, California’s County Engineers were looking at ways to affect the future of California’s infrastructure.
Almost 150 public works directors and staff from 37 counties around the state convened in Sacramento for their 8th Annual Policy Conference. With a focus on legislative policy development, the engineers tackled tough issues facing California’s public works departments, the public that they serve, and innovative ways to improve our declining infrastructure. Continue reading
There’s a story circulating today on the MSN news site that lists the 10 counties across the country where people live longer on average than elsewhere. Three of them, Marin, Santa Clara and San Mateo are here in California. These are not necessarily the places where individual people live to be the oldest—rather, these are the counties where the median age at death is the highest—in other words, more people are living longer there.
The story points out that most of the counties that made the list—including the three from California — generally have better access to health care — but the article points out another factor too. Continue reading
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 Californians living within one of our 58 counties, a healthy California truly depends… Continue reading
Each year, Capitol Weekly, a well-read publication that covers California state government and politics, unveils a list of the top 100 most influential non-elected political leaders. I was pleased to learn that I am ranked No. 45 in the 2013 list released last night. But making this list isn’t about me; it’s a result of the influential and successful work undertaken by our Association, as well as a reflection of the critical and complex issues we have dealt with the past few years. Continue reading