It’s the mission of to provide relevant information to city managers, county administrators, public executives and elected officials, in addition to the growing number of interested public parties now reading our new site.

I recently had an e-mail exchange with a very respected, former city manager. I’m constantly picking the brains of our demographic to learn exactly what information you all are seeking.

It was no surprise though, when this former city manager pointed out the chief concern for all those in the field: “What is the state going to do to city budgets?”

“Cities incorporate to protect ‘home rule’ and give local elected officials, and their management teams, some ‘local control.’  In California, those concepts have been myth when it comes to revenues,” he wrote in his e-mail.

Further into our e-mail conversation, this city manager discussed state legislators who began their careers in local government, already forgetting where they came from. We shared a similar opinion in an editorial in February.

The writers here at have done extensive work covering the topic.

We’re gaining more and more reader feedback and a simple peek at the number of reads on those stories reveals the topic is a popular one.

In the past weeks, readership has continued to grow – almost doubling each week – in part to what I believe is a growing interest in this topic.

There is an obvious divide between those running local city and county governments, and those running California.

As readers, you have created interesting dialogue and interaction with our team of writers and myself. I receive a number of e-mails from those working in local government and I look forward to growing that network.

Let me know what you want to read. What are we missing on this vigorous topic, or other topics out there?

E-mail me at and let me know.