localandgrowthca

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Local Government and Suburbanization Local issues local government growth and sprawl smart growth
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Local Government--what people really care about Some issues of local govt: maintaining town character--pleasing neighborhoods and vital downtown preserving local environment and green space providing recreation providing health and social services ensuring public peace and safety maintaining infrastructure, waste disposal providing schooling
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Forms of local government City: - mayor, city council, city manager, planning commission, police review board, etc. - weak mayor/strong mayor - district/at large elections
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contd Special districts: - School - Transportation - Air - water - waste management Etc.
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contd County: - Board of Supervisors—5 by district - Like city council for unincorporated areas - SF a special case—11 supervisors - County provides services mostly funded by state and fed govt
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Unformatted text preview: -Courts and jails-Hospitals and health-“Welfare” and social services California population Growth and sprawl • abandoning pre-automobile land-use • low density • separation of functions • single family residential, commercial, office, industrial Is growth good or bad? • neo-traditionalism and smart growth? • “infill” not “greenfield” • higher densities, especially in urban cores • mixed uses • streetscape designed for pedestrians as much as cars • http://www.sierraclub.org/sprawl/community/transformati ons/index.asp Gated housing and privatopias • Growth of homeowner associations Obstacles • Nimbyism • Proposition 13--”starved” localities for property tax revenue, distorts development • many problems are regional in nature--traffic and transport, housing, development A choice...
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This note was uploaded on 03/18/2010 for the course PLSC 301 taught by Professor Diamond during the Spring '10 term at Skyline College.

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