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City of Bell – Lessons Learned

March 20, 2015
Writing in The Sacramento Bee, Joe Matthews of Zócalo Public Square commends the city of Bell’s remarkable transformation and examines how state restrictions on local government can lead to municipal corruption.
 
Matthews says local government needs the ability to raise taxes and revenues, which motivate citizens to pay attention to how their local government operates. “So to truly reform local governance, Californians must first recognize a paradox: Preventing local officials from behaving like those in Bell requires giving more discretion and freedom to local officials.” For the full piece, please see “We need to learn the right lessons from Bell to prevent corruption,” The Sacramento Bee, March 18, 2015.


 
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