“Rebuilding Trust in Local Government” — During the past two years most Californians’ trust of local government has declined to what may very well be its lowest level ever. Six in 10 expect local government to do what is right only some of the time (58 percent) or never (5 percent). These perceptions are widely shared by voters and non-voters across geographical regions as well as political affiliation, ethnic background, age, gender and income groups. This article offers tips for local officials on how to take steps to reverse this trend and rebuild public trust.
“What Do YOU Think Promotes Public Service Ethics?” — The Institute for Local Government (ILG) launched its Public Confidence program in 2001 to provide local officials with information and tools related to public service ethics. The “Everyday Ethics for Local Officials” column has been one of the Public Confidence program’s work products, along with other resources developed by ILG. This article presents a summary of those resources and how to access them. More importantly, however, ILG wants to ask you, “What do you think promotes public service ethics?” ILG is engaged in a review of its ethics program that will determine the program’s future and focus.
“Civil Gang Injunctions: What Can They Do for Your City?” — Gang injunctions provide critical advantages to police departments trying to disrupt gang activity, as well as to the residents living in areas afflicted by gangs. This article discusses the legal elements of civil gang injunctions and highlights the real-world experiences of two communities where this technique has been employed.