Tiny houses, big challenge

  The housing crisis is no secret and no joke. In the Bay Area, low inventory means rents and home prices are astronomical, but not everyone is living on a Google salary and can afford them. This pushes more people to outlying communities, forcing them to commute on clogged highways, increasing pollution and decreasing quality […]

MMANC Podcast: Land Use with Livermore City Manager Marc Roberts

  Jenny Haruyama, Assistant City Manager for the City of Livermore, a Municipal Management Association of Northern California (MMANC) Past President, sits down with Livermore City Manager Marc Roberts to discuss Marc’s career and emerging issues relating to land use. The interview was conducted in person on October 15, 2015 at the 65th Annual MMANC […]

Photos from the Sold-Out MMANC 65th Annual Conference

  255 attendees.  51 speakers.  33 hours of educational programming. 3 walking tours. 22 generous sponsors. 3 days in Sacramento.   65th Annual Event. Thanks to all attendees and fellow conference planning committee members for 1 great MMANC Annual Conference held October 14-16, 2015!   For more great photos, please visit Tripepi Smith & Associates’ incredible collection of […]

MMANC Podcast: ICMA’s Pat Martel on Leadership, City Management and Karaoke

Municipal Management Association of Northern California (MMANC) President and City of Sacramento Community Development Director Ryan DeVore sits down with International City/County Management Association (ICMA) President and Daly City City Manager Pat Martel to discuss leadership, city management, karaoke and Pat’s journey.  The interview was conducted in person on October 15, 2015 at the 65th […]

The Value of MMANC: An Interview with Community Development Director Ryan DeVore

Ryan has over 15 years of experience in both private practice and local government. His experience includes designing large structures, roads, and custom homes as a licensed professional engineer. He’s also managed his own small business, preparing plans for projects throughout Northern California. Ryan started with the City of Sacramento in 2004 as an Associate […]

Fiscal Literacy for Everyone on the Government Ladder

Imagine a small child tugging on his mother’s arm in a department store. The child is asking if he can buy the toy clutched in his hand. When the mother denies the child’s request, the child questions why. If the mother chooses to provide a response, she will likely say the toy is priced too […]

Team Leadership Workshop in Santa Rosa a Success

On Thursday, July 16 MMANC Region 2 hosted 54 enthusiastic local government professionals for a professional development workshop entitled “Team Leadership: Competencies and Communication.” The workshop was presented by Lisa Johnson of BalancePoint Group with Harris & Associates and focused on helping individuals determine their personal style. The event was hosted by Liz Licursi, Administrative […]

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 […]

Great Event at ‘The Grand’

This year’s Summer Signature Symposium Forum was a great success! Thanks to everyone who attended the event. Roughly 80 participants gathered in the City of Tracy at the Grand Theatre Center for Arts on Thursday, July 9, 2015. MMANC had a wonderful line-up of speakers, starting with the morning session from Dr. Frank Benest on […]