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California Cities Helen Putnam Award for Excellence Archive

Title Issue
Oxnard Taps Youth to Improve Quality of Life

Oxnard Taps Youth to Improve Quality of Life

City Corps participants gain valuable career skills.

August 2017
Lodi’s Storm Drain Detectives Monitor Water Quality

Lodi’s Storm Drain Detectives Monitor Water Quality

Students become stewards of the land and water.

August 2017
Claremont Crisis Intervention and Outreach Saves Trees

Claremont Crisis Intervention and Outreach Saves Trees

Concerned residents volunteered to implement a program to mitigate the drought’s impact.

July 2017
Manhattan Beach Teens Help Seniors With Tech Issues

Manhattan Beach Teens Help Seniors With Tech Issues

A connected community is a stronger community.

June 2017
Palm Desert Capitalizes on Arts and Culture

Palm Desert Capitalizes on Arts and Culture

First Weekend Palm Desert helps increase the city’s tax revenues and makes it a regional center for the arts by drawing crowds to lively events from November through May.

May 2017
Rancho Cucamonga’s Kitten Nursery Steps Up

Rancho Cucamonga’s Kitten Nursery Steps Up

Animal shelters nationwide are inundated during “kitten season.”

April 2017
Fairfield Reverses Crime and Neglect in Parkway Gardens

Fairfield Reverses Crime and Neglect in Parkway Gardens

The city took legal action to help property owners effect change and address the shootings, illegal drug sales, traffic and other problems that plagued the complex.

March 2017
Bakersfield Creates Jobs for Homeless People

Bakersfield Creates Jobs for Homeless People

The city and its partners created a model that helps communities use limited resources to solve multiple problems.

December 2016
San Diego Focuses on Accountability, Transparency

San Diego Focuses on Accountability, Transparency

After years of fiscal challenges, the city implemented innovative programs to boost efficiency and accountability.

November 2016
Santa Clarita’s Special Needs Registry Provides Vital Information

Santa Clarita’s Special Needs Registry Provides Vital Information

The online registry provides an important public safety tool.

October 2016
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