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This Month in Western City Magazine

April 13, 2012

Don't miss these articles from the April issue of Western City magazine.

  • Understanding Changes to the Gift Rules” — Familiarity with the gift rules is essential for local officials. Numerous changes to the gift regulations for public officials took effect Jan. 1, 2012. According to the Fair Political Practices Commission, the goal was to simplify the gift regulations and make them easier to understand, while reinforcing the principle that public officials may not use their positions for personal gain. This article covers highlights of these changes and offers additional resources.
  • HEAL Cities Campaign Supports Healthy Communities” — Obesity and related diseases threaten the health of cities’ most vulnerable populations, particularly children and youth. As part of an effort to address obesity, California cities are participating in the Healthy Eating Active Living (HEAL) Cities Campaign and adopting land-use, economic development and employee wellness policies that support health. HEAL offers workshops, technical assistance, model policies and a website to help cities become healthier places to live and work.
  • La Mesa Gives Seniors a Lift” — The City of La Mesa’s Rides4Neighbors offers an excellent model of a long-term, sustainable, alternative transportation program and community service. The program makes extensive use of volunteers and has proven enormously popular.

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