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Senate Innovation and Best Practices in State Government Committee Requests Local Government Representative to Testify at Hearing

Rancho Cordova City Manager Ted Gaebler Speaks on Behalf of League

November 30, 2012

On Thursday, Rancho Cordova City Manager Ted Gaebler testified before the Senate Committee on Excellence and Innovation in State Government discussing theories from his best-selling book “Reinventing Government.”


The committee was seeking input from a number of public and business sector professionals on ways that state government can improve its structure, operations, service delivery, and best practices.

Gaebler’s testimony focused on ways in which government can be more effective. He addressed some of the assumptions about what governments should provide versus more effective ways to encourage improved operations.

Gaebler also discussed some of the methods government agencies should not attempt including using private section executive talent, academics, “do-gooders,” or outside consultants. He instead advocated for a more innovative local government culture where public employees are motivated and incentivized to succeed and improve government functions.

In addition to Gaebler, other speakers included:

  • Cathy O’Sullivan, director,  Working Smarter, University of California, Office of the President;
  • Sarah Zimmerman, deputy chief of staff, Service Employees International Union, Local 1000;
  • John Grubb, chief of staff, Bay Area Council;
  • Loren Kaye, president, California Foundation for Commerce and Education, California Chamber of Commerce; and
  • Todd Haggerty, policy specialist, National Conference of State Legislatures.

The League wishes to thank City Manager Gaebler for his time and expertise in testifying before the committee.

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