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Coming in the April Issue of Western City Magazine

March 30, 2012

The April issue is online now. Don’t miss these articles.

  • Strategies for Curtailing Frivolous LawsuitsState and local governments can be targets for individuals who file “do-it-yourself” lawsuits and represent themselves in court. Also known as vexatious litigants, these individuals range from opportunistic citizens to inmates in county jails and state prisons. Lawsuits filed by self-represented litigants often have no merit and are dismissed before they reach trial — but not before a city or county has spent thousands of dollars on legal fees. Learn how to protect your city from these frivolous lawsuits.
  • Understanding Changes to the Gift RulesA variety of 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. Other changes to the gift regulations focused on organization and consistency. This article covers highlights of these changes and offers additional resources.
  • Act Now to Create a Healthier Community As local officials, we grapple with a lot of challenging issues and tough situations, and we don’t always agree on the best thing to do. But once in a while we come across something that makes such good sense we can all agree on it. Cultivating a culture of better health for our communities and for our employees is a good example of something that we can all agree on — and we can take action to make it happen in our own backyards. Fostering healthier communities makes fiscal sense for local governments, businesses, families and individuals.

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