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California Cities Helen Putnam Award for Excellence Archive

Title Issue
Santa Clarita Uses Collaborative Approach to Tackle Youths’ Drug Abuse

Santa Clarita Uses Collaborative Approach to Tackle Youths’ Drug Abuse

An upward trend in substance abuse spurred a partnership of the city, county and school district.

January 2015
Vallejo’s Participatory Budgeting Builds Public Involvement, Generates Results

Vallejo’s Participatory Budgeting Builds Public Involvement, Generates Results

The process gives residents a voice in spending decisions.

November 2014
Goleta Makes Emergency Preparedness a Priority

Goleta Makes Emergency Preparedness a Priority

The Goleta Prepare Now/Goleta Prepárese Hoy program provides education and training to community members so they can assist their families and neighborhoods during a disaster.

October 2014
Monrovia’s YES Program Opens Doors For At-Risk Teens

Monrovia’s YES Program Opens Doors For At-Risk Teens

Monrovia’s YES Program Opens Doors For At-Risk Teens The program provides career opportunities and guidance.

September 2014
Eureka Reaches Teens With GULCH

Eureka Reaches Teens With GULCH

Eureka Reaches Teens With GULCH Youth helped design a character building program.

September 2014
Santa Clarita Uses Community Approach to Strengthen Neighborhood

Santa Clarita Uses Community Approach to Strengthen Neighborhood

The city partnered with residents to find creative ways to address tough challenges.

August 2014
Elk Grove Rain Garden Plaza Showcases Water Conservation

Elk Grove Rain Garden Plaza Showcases Water Conservation

A public project demonstrates sustainable stormwater management practices and offers an educational, inviting space.

July 2014
Eureka’s Arts District Drives Local Economy

Eureka’s Arts District Drives Local Economy

The arts benefit the community in many ways.

May 2014
Mammoth Lakes Gateway Brands the Destination

Mammoth Lakes Gateway Brands the Destination

A unique collaboration helped realize a dream.

May 2014
San Clemente’s “Fun on the Run Fitness” Focuses on Youth

San Clemente’s “Fun on the Run Fitness” Focuses on Youth

The Fun on the Run Mobile Recreation program visits four low-income neighborhood areas weekly to keep children engaged and active after school with physical activities, games, crafts and nutrition education.

April 2014
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