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Planning Public Forums: Questions to Guide Local Officials

This 21-page guidebook by Terry Amsler (2007) provides practical steps to help local government agencies build their capacity to use public forums effectively. A publication of the Institute for Local Government, the research and education affiliate of the California State Association of Counties and the League of California Cities. Download at http://www.ca-ilg.org/publicforums.

Also see these other great publications by ILG:

A Local Official’s Guide to Working with Clergy and Congregations

This publication describes approaches to enhance working relationships with clergy and congregations that can deepen and diversify public engagement, extend local agency outreach, and support public services. The guide includes stories from throughout California and offers practical recommendations for making these partnerships successful, while noting the necessary boundaries between public and religion sector institutions.

A Local Official’s Guide to Public Engagement in Budgeting

This publication draws on examples of public engagement in city and county budgeting throughout California and describes six general approaches that local agencies use, often in strategic combination, to involve residents in the budget process.

A Local Official’s Guide to Immigrant Civic Engagement

This publication provides insights and examples to help ensure greater public involvement of immigrant residents.

Getting the Most Out of Public Hearings: Ideas to Improve Public Involvement

This pamphlet provides practical ideas for making public hearings more effective forums for participants and public officials alike.

How to Harness the Power of Your Community to Address Climate Change: A Local Official’s Guide

Local agencies throughout California are successfully involving their residents and businesses to develop local policies, programs and action plans to address climate change.

(Visit ILG’s Public Engagement and Collaborative Governance program website at http://www.ca-ilg.org/engagement to download these other publications and more to come!)

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