Responsibilities and Powers

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Responsibilities and Powers

This section of resources is devoted to informing newly elected and appointed officials, staff, public and media about the roles, responsibiliites and powers of local agencies.  Topics include the authorities and limitations of local agencies, sources of law and descriptions of individual agency functions as defined by statutes and charters.

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Who Does What?
Types and Responsibilities of Local Agencies

Different kinds of public agencies have responsibility for different kinds of functions. The document (at right) describes the types of local and regional agencies in California.

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How Agencies Act

Local agency governing bodies make policy and spending (fiscal) decisions.

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Local Agency Powers and Limitations

What can local agencies do to address issues that arise within their boundaries?

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Sources of Law Affecting Agencies

To keep local agencies in compliance with state and federal laws, local agency counsel must research several kinds of law.

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