Different kinds of public agencies have responsibility for different kinds of functions.
In California, there are four main kinds of local agencies:
There are also a number of other kinds of local agencies, including joint powers authorities, councils of governments and local agency formation commissions.
To keep local agencies in compliance with state and federal laws,
local agency counsel must research several kinds of law.
Local agency governing bodies make policy and
spending (fiscal) decisions.
What can local agencies do to address issues that arise within
Do you sometimes wish there were an easy way to explain how decision-making occurs at the local level? Such nuts and bolts are the subject of Understanding the Basics of Local Agency Decision-Making.
The Institute interviewed local elected officials to get their
input on what kinds of information newly elected officials
Staff, do you need help with orientation materials? Check out ILG’s carefully selected resources for newly elected officials on core local government concepts.
See ILG’s publications, whitepapers, tip sheets and pamphlets
that are available for purchase or free download.