Dealing with Fiscal Strife

Public agencies continue to evolve in their approach to addressing increasing personnel costs.  I found this article about Sacramento interesting: City of Sacramento ends generous severance policy.  The City is the latest agency to abandon its severance pay program, which was started in 2008 as a...

The Future

Many jurisdictions use helicopters for law enforcement, at great expense.  As with most services, personnel typically accounts for one of the largest costs.  In this case, uniformed police officers or deputy sheriffs often accompany the pilot.  This informative article from the Smithsonian magazine discusses the potential...

Santa Ana Budget Crisis

Management Partners presented our plan to help rectify the budget crisis in Santa Ana, California.  Below is news coverage of our presentation to the Santa Ana City Council.  ...

Budget Cuts and Swimming Pools

The economic downturn befalling so many jurisdictions is negatively affecting the quality of life for residents in cities where the annual ritual of opening public swimming pools marks the beginning of summer fun. A recent New York Times article highlights how municipalities are dealing with...

Public Service Exemplified

Jim Spore is marking 20 years as City Manager of Virginia Beach.  Serving as a city manager is a challenging, multi-faceted role that requires competence in many different dimensions.  Jim’s example of superb professional leadership is well-chronicled in this article in The Virginian-Pilot.  Thought you’d...

Reflections on Our Public Pension Problems

As I read this New York Times article about public pension issues in our country, it made me think about the genesis of the problem and what the future holds.  The article includes some interesting data about pension gaps by state.  It’s true that a...

Community Redevelopment that Works

I wanted to highlight an article written by my friend and colleague John Shirey, executive director of the California Redevelopment Association. The article highlights recent redevelopment successes and local benefits that are a result of their efforts....

Focus On Pension Reform

Lately, many of our clients have asked for our help identifying new revenue sources and cost-saving measures.  It’s no secret that pensions are a major expenditure for the public sector.  As a result, more governments are turning to a second-tier pension system as a cost-saving...

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