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Topic: City

Municipal governments are typically constituted of an elected mayor, an elected city council, and several departments. Unlike many other levels of government, the mayor is typically not responsible for executive oversight of city departments. Instead, cities appoint city managers to manage their departments. Because of the breadth of implementation and regulatory responsibilities that fall to city governments, they have a significant impact on the success of many programs including those aimed at addressing social welfare through their work with community-based organizations, sustainable development through their planning departments, public safety through their police departments, and mobility through their streets and transportation departments.


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ESAL Articles and Events about City

Event - Apr 15, 2022
Addressing Plastic Waste Through Local Engagement

As a lightweight, inexpensive, and durable material which can be utilized in a wide range of applications, plastic is ubiquitous.  The United States leads the world as the largest generator of plastic packaging waste on a per-capita basis.  Despite its usefulness, scientists have raised concerns that plastic waste could lead to damaging environmental and health […]

Article - Feb 3, 2022
Science Policy in Action: Making Local Connections

On December 13th, ESAL discussed perspectives on outreach and inclusivity with a panel of water experts. Learn how the panelists have worked towards contributing to science communication and making science accessible to everyone.

Article - Sep 16, 2021
Navigating the City Budget Process to Achieve Community Outcomes

Senior Budget Analyst of Fort Collins, CO, Cody Forst chats with us about a typical municipal budget timeline and how crucial involvement from community members through online feedback and participatory budgeting aid in the process.

Article - Sep 8, 2021
Visualizing Government Accountability Using a City Budget

This is the second in a series of three articles to help you understand and interpret local budgets. ESAL sits down with Open Budget Oakland’s Felicia Betancourt and Jess Sand to discuss their efforts towards making municipal budgets accessible. Read about how Open Budget Oakland advances local government engagement by combining community and coding.

Article - Sep 8, 2021
Making Sense of Municipal Budgets

This is the first in a series of three articles to help you understand and interpret local budgets. Learn more about the fundamentals of the municipal budget such as how city governments spend funds to what goes into a typical budget development process.

Article - Jul 8, 2021
Addressing Plastic Waste Through Local Engagement

On April 28, 2021, ESAL discussed with professionals in the field about plastic waste and science-informed efforts to mitigate the harmful effects of it.

Article - May 22, 2021
Borough of Queens: Creating a Smart City

ESAL had the opportunity to speak with Queens Deputy Borough President Rhonda Binda, a native of Queens, who has been spearheading the endeavor to ensure the borough becomes a model smart city and remains prosperous.

Article - Mar 23, 2021
Approaching Evidence-Informed Policy-making with Empathy

This is the fourth installment of ESAL Founder & Chair Arti Garg's diary of her participation in a policy innovation workshop on community safety. Garg discusses the role of empathy in local policy-making, and how engineers and scientists can get comfortable with subjective evidence.

Article - Feb 27, 2021
Why Stating Assumptions Enables Policy-making in Uncertainty

This is the third installment of ESAL Founder & Chair Arti Garg's diary of her participation in a policy innovation workshop on community safety. This post discusses how stating assumptions can enable progress in policy-making when there is uncertainty about the causes of a problem.

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