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Thankful for Public Resources and Public Officials’ Wise Stewardship of Them

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 [...]

On the Road to Honor Innovative County Programs

Yesterday, CSAC staff began hitting the road to kick off our annual Challenge Awards presentations to Boards of Supervisors. Each year, we recognize the individuals who created and implemented innovative county programs by presenting them with a Challenge Award in their home counties – before their county supervisors, peers, public and local media.

Introducing CSAC’s New Communications Coordinator

Hello, my name is Gregg Fishman and I have just been hired as CSAC’s new Communications Coordinator. I look forward to working with many of you in the coming weeks and months, but in the interim, I thought I’d let you know a little bit about my background.

County Government Works: Monterey Program Helps Ex-Offenders on Many Levels

Monterey County’s KickStart Ex-Offender Re-Entry Employment Program is about providing ex-offenders with the tools to find a job. Through a series of workshops, ex-offenders learn everything from writing a resume and dressing for an interview, to how to show contrition for their offenses. But the value of this program runs much deeper — it’s changing the outlook ex-offenders have of themselves and their lives.