The Brown Act: Open Meetings for Local Legislative Bodies. California Attorney General’s Office: http://ag.ca.gov/publications/2003_Intro_BrownAct.pdf.
Cal Facts 2006, California’s Economy and Budget in Perspective: http://www.lao.ca.gov/2006/cal_facts/2006_calfacts_state_local.htm
California Department of Housing and Community Development. For deadlines for the General Plan housing element for a particular jurisdiction: http://www.hcd.ca.gov/hpd.
California Environmental Quality Act: Statutes and Guidelines (Resources Agency) The CEQA Guidelines describe the requirements for evaluating environmental impacts. Available online at http://ceres.ca.gov/ceqa/
California Land Use Planning Information Network (LUPIN). County plans and zoning ordinances: http://ceres.ca.gov/planning
California Legislative Analyst's Office (LAO). A nonpartisan office which provides fiscal and policy information and advice to the California Legislature: www.lao.ca.gov
California Local Area Formation Commission or CaLAFCo: www.calafco.org
California Statutes. Full text of the following California Statutes may be found on the Official California Legislative Information website: CEQA Public Resources, Permit Streamlining Act, Subdivision Map Act: www.leginfo.ca.gov/calaw.html
California Planners' 2009 Book of Lists, California Planning Guide: An Introduction to Planning in California, California Joint Land Use Studies, and many other land use documents.Governor’s Office of Planning and Research. Attempts to encourage more collaborative and comprehensive land use planning at the local, regional, and statewide levels to achieve sustainable development goals of protecting the environment, maintaining a healthy economy, and ensuring equitable treatment of all people. http://www.opr.ca.gov.
The General Plan Guidelines. Governor's Office of Planning and Research, Sacramento, California. The Guidelines discuss local planning activities and how to write or revise a general plan:
Growth within Bounds: Report of the Commission on Local Governance for the 21st Century. 2000. Recommendations on future local governance options, including LAFCO reform:
California Property Tax: an Overview, Publication 29, California State Board of Equalization, Sept 2005. http://www.boe.ca.gov/proptaxes/pdf/pub29.pdf
California’s Tax System: A Primer, April 2007: http://www.lao.ca.gov/2007/tax_primer/tax_primer_040907.aspx
Senate Local Government Committee. What’s So Special About Special Districts? 2nd ed. Sacramento CA. 1993.
Demystifying the California Property Tax Apportionment System: A Step-by-Step Guide through the AB 8 Process, March 2006: http://www.ac.ocgov.com/dcptas.pdf
Growth within Bounds: Report of the Commission on Local Governance for the 21st Century, 2000.
Recommendations on future local governance options, including LAFCO reform. Available online at http://www.opr.ca.gov/publications/
Pocket Guide to the Brown Act. The First Amendment Project. The Brown Act (Government Code §§ 54950-54962) governs meeting access for local public bodies: http://www.thefirstamendment.org/brownact.html.
Special Districts: Relics of the Past or Resources for the Future? Little Hoover Commission. Sacramento CA. 2000. Governors Office of Planning and Research. LAFCos, General Plans and City Annexations. Sacramento, CA: 1997. http://ceres.ca.gov/planning/lafco/lafco.htm
U.S. Census Bureau State and County Quick Facts – a thumbnail summary: http://quickfacts.census.gov/qfd/states.
U.S. EPA Smart Growth Program - http://www.epa.gov/dced/ - provides tools and information, and frequently grant programs, to support smart growth, and discusses the link between smart growth and environmental protection.