• Take to the skies and tour Midpen's 62,000 acres and 26 preserves.

    Scaling Up

    In June of 2014, voters in parts of three San Francisco Bay Area counties approved Measure AA, a $300 million general obligation bond for the Midpeninsula Regional Open Space District (Midpen). It was a moment of joy for Midpen leaders, and a culmination of years of planning and hard work. But it was…

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    Public Employee Speech- When Does it Cross the Line?

    This article provides an overview of public employees’ rights to free speech and how public employers can determine whether their employees’ speech is constitutionally protected.

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    Regulations, A River, and Ratepayers

    The story of how DSPUD, local environmental groups, and ratepayers were managed and brought to consensus is a textbook case of public outreach and inclusion, which eventually met everyone’s needs, fulfilled compliance requirements, and protected a beautiful river.

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    Madera Irrigation District: She’s Got the Look

    Madera Irrigation District (MID) faced a challenge recently. The logo the district had been using was outdated and didn’t visualize the district’s purpose accurately any longer. MID realized that this challenge could be turned into an excellent opportunity to engage with local high school students…

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    Property Taxes in California

    For special districts, property taxes can make the world go round. It is important for districts to have an understanding of the factors that can affect property taxes, the trends taking place in California related to property taxes, and the elements to be aware of when working with property tax projections. California…

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