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Apr 15, 2014 12:40pm

When we last visited the question of the pending “Silver Tsunami”, the coming retirement tidal wave of California’s and the nation’s local government managers, the situation was at crisis level.  Today, almost two-thirds of California and the nation’s local government managers are at, or are within, five years of retirement, with not enough experienced people available to replace them.

We examined some factors that contributed to the Silver Tsunami: the...

Apr 15, 2014 12:37pm

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Apr 15, 2014 12:29pm

Today, California Senate Pro Tem Darrell Steinberg presented a long-term strategy for funding transit and affordable housing permanently through Cap and Trade revenues. Steinberg has stated that housing and transit are the two keys to creating sustainable communities and helping California reach its greenhouse gas reduction goals.

Senator Steinberg stated that using Cap and Trade revenues for community building and mass transit will allow the state to maximize their efficiency. The strategy specifically targets the objectives of AB32 by targeting greenhouse gas emissions. He...

Apr 15, 2014 12:27pm

Galt’s city clerk, Liz Aguire, was most recently elected to the position in 2012, and has held the position for nearly 18 years. Now that she has stated she will not plan to seek re-election, the city council is considering putting a proposal before voters that would allow the city council to appoint the city’s clerk rather than residents electing an individual to the position. If residents approve this measure, it could be on the November ballot.

Galt is among approximately a third of California cities that elect their city clerks. If this measure were to pass, Galt would join the...

Apr 15, 2014 12:26pm

Goleta City Manager Dan Singer is “ready to start a new chapter” as the top administrator for the City of Poway.

Singer was recently chosen from a pool of 64 applicants.

“Dan was the council’s unanimous choice,” said Poway Mayor Don Higginson. “He is a veteran city manager who is highly qualified and will be a wonderful addition to city staff and the Poway community.”

Singer has worked for the City of Goleta for the past 9 years and previously served as city manager of Ojai. He will earn an annual salary of $219,950, compared to his current salary of $202,284. His...

Apr 15, 2014 12:24pm

San Diego Mayor Kevin Faulconer appointed former Santa Barbara County community services director Herman Parker as its new head of parks and recreation Thursday. Parker is replacing Stacey LoMedico who was recently promoted to a new position.  

“I’m confident that Herman Parker’s skills and talents will be a major asset to the city’s diverse park system, which includes some of the nation’s most beautiful and scenic parks, beaches and open space as well as the community and neighborhood-based recreational facilities," Faulconer said in a news release.

Parker has spent...

Apr 10, 2014 2:14pm

A special report from GrassrootsLab.

On Tuesday April 8, 2014, fourteen Los Angeles county cities held elections for mayor and city council offices. These cities ranged from large populous districted cities (Long Beach) to small jurisdictions (Avalon) comprising a range of ethnic, geographic and partisan constructs.

In recent elections, much has been written about the lack of, or decline of, female representation in California government in state and local government, as well as in the City of Los Angeles specifically (currently...

Apr 10, 2014 12:56pm

After spending several days on the stand, Angela Spaccia, who served as assistant manager in the scandal-plagued city of Bell, just became the becoming the seventh official convicted in the Bell case. 

Spaccia was ordered to spend 11 years and 8 months in prison for 11 felony counts related to the misappropriating the funds of Bell, one of Los Angeles County’s poorest cities. Spaccia has already been in jail since December since her conviction. She also is expected to pay millions in restitution to the town.

Five other bell officials—former council members—were also...

Apr 10, 2014 11:57am

Former Oakdale City Manager, Steven L. Hallam, has been tapped as the new Redevelopment/Economic Development Director for the City of Ceres. Hallam began his new job on Monday and is scheduled to stay on for a total of 15 months.

A consultant recently advised the city to hire a permanent, full-time director to promote the city to outside businesses. The goal is to help retain businesses which have already been established, while also attracting new ones to spur further economic growth. The City Council was unable to find the funds necessary for a permanent position, so Hallam is...

Apr 10, 2014 11:56am

In its January report, the Los Angeles 2020 Commission painted a bleak picture of Los Angeles, which it called a “city in decline.”

"Los Angeles is barely treading water while the rest of the world is moving forward," the report claimed, adding that the city was "sinking into a future in which it no longer can provide the public services…" 

Now, the commission has released a list of 13 recommendations which it says will help turn the tide and...

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