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Don’t Miss the April Issue of Western City Magazine

March 29, 2013
The April issue covers a variety of helpful topics, including how to get your city’s public meetings back on track, opportunities to save on pension costs through collective bargaining after pension reform, the new Cities for Workforce Health program, making the transition from local government office to the state Legislature, and much more.
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  • From Local Government to the Legislature: Making the Transition” — Local Government to the Legislature: Making the Transition” — In November 2012 the Legislature welcomed 39 new members, the largest freshman class since 1966. In the Assembly, 69 percent have local government experience. Learn firsthand from new legislators how the League of California Cities’ California Civic Leadership Institute® helped them transition from local government to the state Capitol.
  • Opportunities to Save Pension Costs Through Collective Bargaining After Pension Reform” —  The Public Employees’ Pension Reform Act of 2013 (PEPRA) mandates uniform, generally lower benefit formulas for all “new members” of California public agency defined benefit retirement plans — including those in the 450 cities that contract with CalPERS. PEPRA also requires that all new members pay at least half of the normal cost required to fund their pensions and provides new opportunities in 2013 for cities to negotiate cost savings affecting employees who are not new members.
  • Get Your Public Meetings Back on Track” —This article offers tips for local agency officials on handling disruptions and explores strategies to help make meetings more productive.
  • Supporting Health in Our Communities” — By supporting wellness efforts, cities can offer an environment where residents and employees are encouraged to be more physically active, eat nutritious food and enjoy the advantages of good health.
  • Cities for Workforce Health: New League Partner Program Helps Cities Build Wellness Culture” —  Designed to help cities build a stronger wellness culture over time and engage their employees in healthier lifestyles, this program provides online tools, grants and more.
  • Lancaster’s Holistic Approach to Healthy Neighborhoods” — The Neighborhood Impact Program uses neighborhood revitalization and partnerships to address health, safety and social issues.

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