Local Government 101 resources provide information about the nuts
and bolts of local government structures and processes. These
resources are intended to benefit newly elected officials,
newly-hired staff, the media and members of the public who want a
better understanding of how local government works.
These videos provide explanations from local agency
experts on the nuts and bolts of key issues impacting local
government including staff-executive relationships, leadership,
and decision-making skills, and land use.
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The Institute for Local Government is committed to providing
practical, impartial, and easy-to-use resources for California
communities. Suggestions and feedback on the
Institute’s materials are welcome.
Agencies or organizations are welcome to link to the Institute’s
resources to agency websites that aim to explain key processes
and issues to the media and public. Many materials are available
in English and Spanish.