CLEO is a membership organization that educates, supports and advises a growing network of local elected officials throughout California’s thousands of cities, counties, school and special districts.

CLEO members are local leaders and elected officials who stand for financial sustainability, government transparency and personal liberty. In California, elected officials who hold these values often operate in isolation without trusted independent policy assessments that properly constrain  government. CLEO is meant to help our members rise above powerful and insatiable special interests while honestly serving their constituents.

CLEO offers policy guidance, detailed financial analyses, legal perspectives and communications assistance to our members at no cost through state-of-the-art online resources, regional training programs, and regular in-person and virtual events.

In addition, CLEO members receive support through our vast network of experienced local elected officials who are committed to principled governance as well as CLEO’s knowledgeable and dedicated staff.

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