Posts Categorized: News

YEAR OF WOMAN IS NOW!

“YEAR OF THE WOMAN IS NOW!” Click Here to Read in PDF March 8 is International Woman’s Day, and the entire month of March is being celebrated as Women’s History Month, I thought it appropriate to dedicate this CitySpeak newsletter to recognizing the important role women have played in my career and my life. This… Read More »

NO “GREY AREA” IN PERSONAL CONSCIENCE

“THERE’S NO GREY AREA IN YOUR PERSONAL CONSCIENCE” CitySpeak Newsletter 2019-01 There’s No Grey Area in the Human Conscience It has been a long time since I have thought about the “grey area” issue so prevalent in local government administration. Then, during a recent visit from my daughter and her husband, we engaged in a… Read More »

Embarrassing Moment at City Hall

“Most Embarrassing Moment at City Hall” View in PDF LinkedIn reminded me that today is the birthday of City Clerk Byron Pope, MMC at the City of Beverly Hills! Actually, LinkedIn has been reminding me of Byron’s birthday for 12 years, and each year this reminds me of a most embarrassing presentation I made at… Read More »

Courage at City Hall – a CalPERS Reflection

“The Courage to Work at City Hall: A CalPERS Reflection” Click to View PDF Version It can take courage to work at City Hall, especially when a sensitive matter or high stakes initiative is on the table. To be clear, this CitySpeak article is about “prudent financial management,” NOT “whistleblower” issues. Any discussion about whistleblower… Read More »

City Budget Work Is All Year Long!

“City Budget is Everybody’s Business…All Year Long!” Click to View PDF Are you happy the Fiscal Year (FY) 2018-19 Budget is done for your municipality? Of course you are! You labored for hundreds of hours, all the way back to mid-January with the Budget Kickoff meeting. Months later, on June 30th, when your City Council… Read More »

GIVE CITY MANAGER A+ CUSTOMER SERVICE

“Give City Manager A+ Customer Service” PDF Version You may not think about the City Manager as your customer, but he (or she!) is. And for Department Heads, the City Manager is the MOST important customer at City Hall. SERVICE WITH A SMILE If you know me, you know very well that I am NOT… Read More »

Don’t Stress About Staff Reports!

“Staff Reports Due – Don’t Stress” Have you made a “new year’s resolution” for the new fiscal year that begins July 1? During my almost three decades preparing City staff reports, I would often find myself making new fiscal year’s resolutions.  First and foremost, I would promise myself I would not ever be late again… Read More »

City Manager’s Budget Needs Your Input!

“We’re All Stakeholders in the Budget” View PDF   We all have a stake in the City budget that is likely being presented as we speak.   CITY MANAGER’S BUDGET Although the budget that will be adopted by the City Council is technically called “the City Manager’s Budget,” the City Manager relies on a team… Read More »

ACCOUNTS PAYABLE – WHOSE JOB IS IT ANYWAYS?

Accounts Payable – Whose Job Is It Anyway?  Newsletter 06-13-18 (Accounts Payable – Whose Job Is It Anyway) v3  Accounts Payable (A/P) is the responsibility of the Finance Department.  With the exception of construction and certain consulting contracts (e.g. legal services, planning, etc.) that require special handling, ALL A/P invoices (with a few exceptions) should… Read More »

Stuck in a City Partnership?

Get Your City Partnership Unstuck.   Are you currently feeling stuck in a partnership?  Don’t panic.  Nothing good comes out of actions based on fear or panic.  Just because you feel like you’re “stuck,” you think you’ve got to get OUT immediately. That panic or anxiety you’re feeling about being stuck in a relationship or… Read More »