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Ethics in a Post RDA California
Public Sector Roundtable meeting on the end of redevelopment agencies
California Without Redevelopment Monies: The Ethical Issues
Successes and missteps of redevelopment agencies and what their demise will mean
Miriam Schulman
San Jose Moving Ahead Without Redevelopment Money
Richard Keit, managing director of the San Jose Redevelopment Successor Agency, talks with Judy Nadler, senior fellow in government ethics at the Markkula Center for Applied Ethics, about the end of Redevelopment Agencies. Keit argues that California has lost its single best tool for redevelopment. He describes working with the oversight boards. which are in charge of dissolving the agencies. Keit also discusses how cities must make difficult choices between good projects now that redevelopment monies are exhausted.
Richard Keit
Impact of Redevelopment on Downtown San Jose
Bert Robinson, managing director for content of the Bay Area News Group, talks with Markkula Center Senior Fellow in Government Ethics Judy Nadler about the role of redevelopment in bringing San Jose "back from the dead." They discuss the fall-out from the dissolution of redevelopment agencies in California and whether the state discontinued the agencies solely to save money.
Bert Robinson
State Auditor's Report: Waste and Fraud or Checks and Balances?
Audit intended to identify and correct problems.
Judy Nadler
Budgeting in Tough Economic Times
The August 2011 meeting of the Public Sector Roundtable focused on ethics and budgeting for city officials
Budgeting in a Time of Fiscal Crisis
San Jose City Councilmember Sam Liccardo lays out the ethical issues for public officials when they must make difficult budget decisions.
Miriam Schulman
Budgeting Is About Values
John Ellwood, professor of public policy at UC-Berkeley, discusses the difficulty in reaching consensus about values
Miriam Schulman
'Fair' is in the eye of the beholder
The public pension reform debate hinges of different definitions of the concept of fairness.
Judy Nadler
August 6, 2010 Roundtable: Government Pensions
Summary of a Public Sector Roundtable Meeting on Government Pensions
Thinking Ethically About Government Pensions
Various ethical approaches are used to raise pertinent questions about the best way to accomplish public pension reform
Miriam Schulman
Two Views of a Budget
A case study for state officials on resolving a budget crisis
Judy Nadler
Our debt to the future: Will our children pay for the negative consequences of our current choices
When is it appropriate to ask the next generation to pay bills we incur today?
Judy Nadler
Budget Crunch Ethics
A California State Assembly member discusses the ethical choices legislators face during a budget crisis.
Joe Simitian
State's accounting tricks cheat future taxpayers
The responsibility of one generation is shifted to the next by accounting gimmicks.
William K. Black