News from the Institute for Local Government

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News from the Institute for Local Government

This monthly newsletter features ILG news and resources as well as upcoming events of interest to local officials, staff and residents across California.

May 2017

Interview with Gubernatorial Candidate Delaine Eastin

Delaine Eastin, former State Superintendent of Public Instruction and current candidate for California governor, spoke with ILG’s Executive Director Martin Gonzalez in an interview regarding possible solutions for the problems that California is currently facing, as well as her views on the importance of fostering relationships with and between local governments. Read the interview here.

Webinar – Engaging Your Community through Surveys and Polls

Local governments throughout California are applying a variety of public engagement strategies and approaches to address issues ranging from land use and budgeting to climate change and public safety. Surveys and polls are a great way to engage the public and collect ideas. Join us for a webinar on June 7th from 10-11am, to learn about various survey and polling technologies, tools and techniques. Register here!

New Allies Help Summer Meal Programs in California

Courtesy of the Why Hunger Blog

When Patrice Chamberlain met with local police chiefs to explain why they should care about summer meals, she steadied herself for a “big sell.” To her surprise, their immediate response was, “How can we help?” It’s one of the many unlikely partnerships that Chamberlain initiated to help more kids get access to nutritious food in California. Read more.

Joint Homelessness Task Force

On May 11, ILG participated in the joint CSAC League Homelessness Task Force meeting. City and county officials gathered to discuss homelessness plans and identifying best practices and head from Alameda County, St. John’s Shelter, the Downtown Streets Team and the Board of State and Community Corrections. ILG is working with the Task Force to create a report outlining strategies, service models and best practices for cities and counties to use in their communities. Find out more on the League website or CSAC’s website and stay tuned for the final report!

What is a Special District? And Why are they Important?

Special districts deliver vital services to communities across California, yet many residents may not be aware that their water, energy or fire protection services are provided by a special district. The California Special Districts Association’s (CSDA) Editor Charlotte Lowe shared her perspectives about the importance of special districts and how they impact the lives of California residents with ILG. Read her story here, or visit CSDA’s website.

Immigrants, the Economy and Civic Engagement

Did you know that immigrants contribute $715 billion to California’s GDP every year? Immigrants are a critical part of California’s economy and lifestyle. To foster a welcoming community, California cities are using a variety of strategies to build relationships that lead to increased economic and civic engagement of immigrants. Read more about what Brawley, Mountain View and Oakley are doing in their communities here.

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