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About Cities


California has nearly 500 cities. Within city boundaries, cities have responsibility for such services as police and fire, animal control, parks, public works, water, waste water, solid waste, and library. Sometimes these services may be provided by the city itself or by the county, a special district or a private company.

Cities also have authority to adopt regulations that promote the public good within city limits. These include regulations relating to land use and building code enforcement.

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