March 20 marked the date of the Vernal Equinox, or the first day of spring. As I look out my office window and see the trees and flowers beginning to bloom I take time to contemplate the important things in life such as family, friends, good health and how in the heck am I going to balance next year’s budget. 
By: Anton “Tony” Dahlerbruch, City Manager, Rolling Hills, President-Elect, City Managers’ Department
The Committee on Diverse Communities would like to thank the City Managers’ group for answering the call to serve on the Diversity Committee. 
The mission of Women Leading Government (WLG) is “to help women succeed in public service by enhancing career-building models that develop leadership skills and by networking professional women in government.” 
Were you unable to attend the 2013 City Managers’ Department Meeting?  You missed a great meeting!  However, due to the generous support of our department sponsors, we were able to record several of the breakout sessions for podcasting.
The Government Transparency and Civic Engagement Subcommittee of the City Managers Department is developing a resource guide for the profession that will include case studies and best practices. We know that there are cities that are already doing a great job with respect to how information is provided to citizens through various formats and programs, and we want to hear from you!
The Institute for Local Government (ILG) offers a wealth of free resources to help local agencies engage their residents in the budgeting process.
Honorary membership in ICMA is awarded to an individual outside of the profession of local government management because of his or her distinguished public service and contributions to the improvement and strengthening of local government. Nominations for 2013 will be accepted through April 23, 2013.
Congratulations to three Californians who recently became Credentialed Managers: Steve Rogers (City Manager, Yountville), Tom Frutchey (City Manager, Pacific Grove), and David Norman (Director of Community Development, Camarillo).  Their addition to the list raises the total for the state to 86, the 3rd highest total after North Carolina (108), Florida (107) and Illinois (94).
The Strong Cities | Strong State program distributes a monthly newsletter, keeping city mangers updated on the recently launched cities and future legislative strategies for the program.

I am very honored and excited to be serving as the City Managers' Department President for the coming year and hope I can build upon the excellent work of our Past President Bruce Channing.

The 2012 Berkeley Executive Seminar (BES), the sixth seminar under our revised format, led 27 participants through six days of diverse contemporary sessions ranging from California and Federal politics and their influence on professional local management to the effect of changing social conditions on the ability of managers to lead.

By Ron Bates, Pico Rivera city manager

Our work on the committee will continue this next year as we review regulations drafted by CalPERS and as cleanup legislation is introduced on AB 340.

The City Managers' Department Committee on Diverse Communities is putting the final touches on a web-based diversity toolkit.

CCMF News Summary | 12/18/2012

Read about the latest news and events from CCMF.

By Bruce Channing, City Managers' Department past president

As occurs every November, the League of California Cities hosts a two day “League Leaders” retreat for the primary purpose of educating all of the League board members and department officers about their roles, the League’s governance structure, and its processes for fulfilling their responsibilities.

Happy Holidays Cal-ICMA Members:

As the year comes to a close I am pleased to share with you a few final endeavors of the 2012 Cal-ICMA board that will define our organization and prepare our members for a stronger future.

By Troy L. Butzlaff, Placentia city administrator and chair of the Government Transparency and Civic Engagement Subcommittee

While I admit the heading may sound a bit ominous and even frightening to some of you, it was actually the title of an article that appeared in the Nov. 19, 2011 edition of the Economist magazine. The article examined how the city of Albuquerque, New Mexico has used technology in recent years to make once arcane data more easily accessible to the public to browse, crunch and snoop.

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