California Consulting, Inc. Secures almost $4 million for the City of Gilroy

MMANC sponsor California Consulting Inc, www.californiaconsulting.org recently secured almost $4 million for the City of Gilroy via the Cal-TRANS Clean California grant program. Cal. Consulting Grant Writer Ilya Malinsky worked closely with City staff to craft the award winning application. The Clean California program was a highly competitive Statewide Program but California Consulting grant writers […]

Exemplary San Leandro: Receiving a Climate Protection Award for Solar Power Resiliency

On December 18, 2020, the U.S. Conference of Mayors recognized San Leandro’s energy efficiency efforts by naming it a winner in the 14th Annual Mayors’ Climate Protection Awards. The award-winning submission for the City of San Leandro highlighted energy infrastructure upgrades to the Water Pollution Control Plant (WPCP), which included a one-megawatt photovoltaic solar array, […]

Creating a culture of continuous improvement, or what a #2 pencil taught me about innovation

San Francisco LEAN Process

By Ryan Hunter After years of work untangling government bureaucracy, we at the City Performance Lean Program have a secret to share: the most lasting change comes not from a software implementation or a strategic plan, but from engaging employees to improve the nitty-gritty, on-the-ground, day-to-day work. City Performance, a division of the San Francisco […]

Water Utilities Must Adapt to Secure a Clean-Water Future

California recently experienced its wettest winter in 122 years, a stark contrast to last year, when 95 percent of the state was plagued by drought. According to the U.S. Drought Monitor, the abundance of rainfall has now eliminated extreme drought and provided relief from the five-year bout of water scarcity. Now that the immediate pressure […]

Transportation Funding, Homelessness and Affordable Housing Critical Issues at League Policy Committee

Update from the January 2016 meeting of the Transportation, Communications and Public Works Committee of the League of California Cities. Transportation funding is a critical issue this legislative session in addition to homelessness and affordable housing.  There are presently three transportation funding packages in play:  the Governor’s budget proposal, Senator Beall’s SB 16/ABx1-1, and the […]

MMANC Event on Creating Sustainable Communities: How local and regional governments are combatting climate change

Governor Brown’s participation in the recent United Nations conference on climate change in Paris highlighted California as a leader in climate change and sustainability efforts. A recent op-ed in the Sacramento Bee from Chris McKenzie, Executive Director of the League of California Cities and Matt Cate, Executive Director of the California State Association of Counties […]

Investing in the Future for California’s Central Valley

The next economy of the San Joaquin Valley inched forward this year as the recovery continued its upward trend. There are two factors that will help sustain the economic and social vitality in the Valley; education and transportation. A workforce exists, and will continue to expand as demand for skilled labor increases, encouraging higher paid […]

Walkable City and the Millennial: Introducing the New MMANC Book Club

  Housing and community are hot topics in the media today for good reasons. Have you seen the price of housing and rent in urban areas rise in recent years? The price of housing has led to new development further and further away from our work. I’ve seen it and experience it first-hand.  I’ve seen […]

Navigating Through the Fog: A Naval Officer’s Lessons on Leading Teams

  A viscous fog engulfed us as the ship slowly settled on its course into San Diego Harbor. As the Navigator, it was my duty to ensure the safe navigation of our ship by giving the Officer of the Deck (OOD) course and speed recommendations.  The visual landmarks on which we usually depended were completely […]

Hayward Mayor Proposes ‘Work-at-home, Skip-a-shower Day’

Mayor Barbara Halliday said she has been known to forsake a shower, but only if she plans to spend the entire day at home. The idea is just another of many for residents to conserve water during the state’s enduring drought. “Maybe we can start a stay-at-home, work-at-home, skip-a-shower day?” Halliday joked Tuesday night as […]