The disconnect between California’s state government and the state’s local governments is a big problem.
Many believe that problems in the state and local relationship today reflect the fact that local officials don’t have the flexibility or authority to properly perform their jobs because their services are too dependent on uncertain funding and strict regulation from the state.
They also say the structure makes it more difficult to hold officials accountable when things aren’t working.
Local officials often blame the state because it sets so many rules and provides so much of the money. But state officials can also say that they are not running many of the programs.
California Forward has been talking to our people around the state for four years. Californians have told us they want a government, local and state, they can trust. We’re poised to inspire change and convene those who want to create change.
At the second annual City Economic Development Conference sponsored by the Los Angeles Division of the League of California Cities, elected leaders and the business community shared their thoughts on our elected leaders.