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California Cities Helen Putnam Award for Excellence Archive

Title Issue
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
Concord Offers Support and Services to Victims of Domestic Violence

Concord Offers Support and Services to Victims of Domestic Violence

A one-stop center serves people who want to break the cycle of violence.

October 2016
Palmdale’s Season of Service Puts Volunteers to Work

Palmdale’s Season of Service Puts Volunteers to Work

Palmdale gives residents a way to help address critical infrastructure challenges.

August 2016
Menifee’s Youth Advisory Committee Boosts the Community

Menifee’s Youth Advisory Committee Boosts the Community

The committee advises the council and participates in local events.

August 2016
Carlsbad Focuses on Economic Opportunities in High-Tech Sectors

Carlsbad Focuses on Economic Opportunities in High-Tech Sectors

A city biotech incubator, a talent attraction campaign and a higher education initiative for workforce development help foster economic growth.

June 2016
Sanger Collaborates to Prepare Its Workforce

Sanger Collaborates to Prepare Its Workforce

The city worked with its major employers, the local transit agency and Reedley College to address a shortage of workers with needed skills.

May 2016
Arts and Entertainment District Boosts Santa Clarita’s Economy

Arts and Entertainment District Boosts Santa Clarita’s Economy

The city revitalized a historic neighborhood using public infrastructure improvements, economic development and the arts to attract new visitors, shoppers and businesses.

May 2016
Cathedral City’s Garden Program Takes a Fresh Approach to Health

Cathedral City’s Garden Program Takes a Fresh Approach to Health

The program offers an enjoyable way for children and adults to learn organic gardening, be physically active, make smart food choices and work together.

April 2016
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