|March 20, 2015
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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.
announced a $1 billion emergency drought relief spending package that will accelerate the release of much need funding. Of particular note to cities, the package includes $267 million for water recycling and drinking water quality projects and programs; $19.9 million for emergency drinking water; and $24 million for local food assistance programs.
California City Solutions. Cathedral City’s Waste Management Program was submitted in 2014 for the Planning and Environmental Quality award category.
Helen Putnam, California City Solutions, Environmental Quality
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